Spending a lot of time on the internet, it’s not a surprise that you come across this;
…most of the time. You alternate between pictures like those, and this:
And yes. I can feel this on so many many levels. Avoid all big gatherings! Hate meeting new people! Run 28393 miles an hour my mom hands me a phone to talk to a distant cousin!
It’s relatable, and it works. It’s served its purpose. There are quadrillion memes out there, making you feel that you aren’t alone when you spend the entire day on the internet without social interaction. For some it’s a coping mechanism, and they’re jokes and perceived as such, but when you’ve been on the internet long enough, the important questions arise. (No, they’re not contemplative musings over the purpose of our existence. A little more mundane, but just as important.)
Is there a thing as…too much?
I’m not denying that there are people out there with actual social anxiety, people who actually suffer from depression. The internet makes you feel less alone, and Tumblr has, to an extent provided an outlet for them to be able to find like-minded people (or aliens. I prefer not to be an inter-species racist. Shh.) But at the same time, what I’m trying to say is, that it’s gotten too much.
We’re starting to glorify things like avoiding people, social anxiety, and hating fellow humans. Yes. They exist. But spreading them to the extent when you’re glorifying them is not okay. It’s not cool. Depression is not cool. Hating people is not cool. And usually not having friends results from these in the first place, which only worsens the situation.
Another post I’ve been seeing going around is “not letting your grades define you”. And I’m all up for it. But when we’re talking about not letting our grades define us, we don’t mean riot by throwing away all prospects of revision and looking forward to a life working as a McDonald’s cashier. Or making paper cranes out of your exam syllabus.
We’re talking about giving it your best shot. Giving it all you have, but in the end if your result isn’t satisfactory, remembering that it’s not your grades that define you. It’s you who defines you. Sitting on the internet and joining the “im 2 kewl 4 sk00l” club, and trying your best is a very different thing. Something that needs to be cleared up.
There is a list of things that we need to stop glorifying on the internet, and school and anxiety falls into them.
what internet memes bother you? what things do you think we need to stop glorifying? do you agree? let’s talk.