Can Memes be Good for Us?

In my previous blog, I made the statement that I would try to talk more about stale memes, yet in order to avoid further perpetuating that already boring strand of thought, I figured I would scrap that topic in favor of a much more interesting one.

Given the state of modern meme culture, it’s not difficult to understand why memes usually given such a bad rap. After all, memes, while funny, seem petty, obnoxious, and stupid. How are little pictures with jokes supposed to be considered any other way? Yet despite the negative light they’re given, memes, because of the way they allow us to share feelings, might actually be able to help us out.

Everyone knows that life is stressful, but memes, because of how they transfer feelings, may allow us to cope with it. Most people can relate to the dreadful feeling of being alone in something – how insecure and awful it is to have no validation that your thoughts are in any way relevant – and living alone in this insecure fashion could be seriously detrimental to one’s mental health; however, memes may be able to help us avoid living in this way. As blogger Rose Payne explains, “Some of the most common memes on [Memebridge] are related to feeling overwhelmed, anxious or depressed. This acceptance and validation of not feeling great all the time is essential” In this statement, Payne shares how viewing memes can be beneficial through the way memes allow us to accept the idea that not everything is always ok. By understanding through memes that others share the same weaknesses and anxieties that we do, we can be more confident in ourselves. This can help us avoid becoming seriously depressed by giving us the affirmation that we’re not all that different from everyone else.

By looking at memes, though they may seem silly, we can get some of the essential validation that we need. Although they may not be the cure for everything, memes can help us realize, even if we feel unrelatable, that there are people out there with the same struggles and thoughts that we have – we are not alone.

Thanks for reading!

Sincerely,

Steven

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