Social Issues

Social Media’s Push on False Positivity is Ruining Your Mental Health

While being happy is never a crime, the trend of presenting perfect lives on social media, and the constant emphasis on having to be 'positive' 24/7 certainly is.

I can’t be the only one whose followers fall into different categories. In my case, I have a bunch of instagram-famous wannabees (I myself am at 4K followers), self-professed ‘MUA’s, (makeup artists), some classmates from Uni, and a handful of random people whose profile I liked the look of.

Their sole similarity? The constant flood of positive memes and messages they post everyday, everyday. And it’s not just on Instagram, its Twitter too and every social media platform you can think of, just go on YouTube and watch a ‘vlog’ or a ‘makeup tutorial’, and I guarantee the first thing you’ll see/hear is a big overly happy smile and a “Hi Guys!”. While being happy is never a crime, the trend of presenting perfect lives on social media, and the constant emphasis on having to be ‘positive’ 24/7 certainly is. While it can’t be said that positivity doesn’t have its place (a recent study showed that it is possible to train your mind into thinking positive thoughts), there is a definite downside to positivity being seen as a trend and a quick way of solving your problems, “fake positivity is the true toxicity” tweets one user.

This kind of false positivity can lead to those who actually suffer from bouts of anxiety, depression and other mental health issues to ‘fake’ it, and “remain positive”, just in order to fit in to the trend of putting on a front or mask on social media. More broadly, the  tendency to project ‘perfect’ lives online is becoming an issue that has to be discussed more often in order for people, especially the younger generation, to know that it is okay not to be okay, even when that comes to social media.

 

 

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