The title shouldn’t come as any surprise to you; most, if not all of us, fall victim to this cultural epidemic. Have any type of social media account? There comes no shortage of memes and darkly humored tweets poking fun at the idea of committing suicide, self-harm, and hurting others.
I get texts from friends with these types of comments all the time. Not only do I have to read them over a screen, but I’m also trapped in a daily swarm of “She’s so annoying I wish she could die already” and “Kill me now”.
While I sit here writing this, squirming uncomfortably from the memories of hearing these sarcastic death wishes, I realize that I’m no innocent victim in all of this. I also find myself saying these things every so often. But why is that?
As the generation with the most anti-depressant users and the highest rate of diagnosed mental illnesses, sure, we’ve become uniquely more accepting of these disorders than the generations before us, but are we abusing these labels? Not everyone suffers from severe depression, do they?
There are critics out there who believe this ‘trend’ grew more popular after songs from artists like Billie Eilish or XXXTentacion became hits; songs that you would hope to affirm your feelings of sadness are real and can be helped, but instead, what most of those hit songs do is to romanticize death and depression. In the world of today, our generation is an open wound.
While I believe that some of those online memes are real cries for help, there seems to be an over-exaggeration amongst us. By doing this, the severity of depression becomes almost laughable, slowly ignoring those who are suffering IRL.
Originally Published in Bandersnatch Vol. 48 Issue 07 on January 30th, 2018