You sound so sure. So sure that you posted this on social media – far and wide for everyone to see. I just have one thing to say to you: please kindly stop sh*tting on other people’s joy. K thanks.
I understand the eye rolling that can come with yet another social media post the same as the last – everyone jumping on the latest trend. And though I understand it, I still can’t figure out the psychology or logic in thinking you’re above trends, or like it’s somehow ‘cooler’ of you not to join in on random fun things other people are doing. And even more than that, for you to publicly exclaim your disgust for all things fun and happy. It’s strange, really.
In the last few years as we’ve endured the most anxiety-inducing events in recent history, we’ve inevitably spent more time on social media – if only to see what everyone else is doing. And with that, come trends, hashtags, games, and things you can choose to involve yourself in… if you’d like. Things like Wordle. (I’m not linking it here as the site lost my streak and I’m taking it personally, but if you don’t know it – it’s a daily game in which players all try to guess and work out the five-letter word of the day in six tries.)
Too Cool To Care
And with fun activities that pop up inevitably on social media feeds, come the people publicly eye rolling; shouting loudly from the metaphorical rooftops that they don’t care.
“I don’t care about the banana bread you made.”
“I don’t care about your sourdough starter.” (Remember those?)
“I don’t care what your name means on Urban Dictionary.” (Literally just people having a laugh about the fictional definition someone wrote for their name.)
“I don’t care about your Wordle score.”
But these people who, evidently do not care about these things, clearly care enough to make a whole social media post about it, right? Why? Why not sit in a dark room hating things silently? Why does everyone need to know about each negative thought and moan?
Well, misery loves company, and if you’ve convinced yourself you’re too cool to join in with things, you perhaps need to send out a flare to find a community of other (equally grumpy) people who want to complain with you about the joy other people are experiencing. It’s also a sort of mob mentality – the internet gives us some level of anonymity so we begin to yell into the abyss as we sit safely behind the phone or computer screen.
Maybe you just hate all fun things… but really need everyone to know about it?
Whatever the reason, it’s time to shed the eye rolls and attitude, and just allow yourself to join in with things other people enjoy. Maybe it could be fun?
Or, at the very least, stop being a pigeon in human form, publicly sh*tting all over nice things that make people smile. Remember – when you see something you don’t like on social media, just keep scrolling.
If you think this is about you then it probably is. And if you shared a headline for an article you didn’t read… well, you should never do that. And for bonus extra credit reading, check out Hello Magazine’s take on why people like to troll and post negative comments.
Be happy. Shout about the things you love. Spread all the joy you can. You never know what anyone is going through or how much of a difference you can make with a kind word. And those negative comments? Well, I do care about your Wordle score – you keep sharing the things that make you smile and bring you closer to others.