This is quite obviously an opinion post and not factual but I still would like to hear your opinions.
There are times where we dramatize generational changes too much and other times drastically downplay them. In this case I think what social media has done to us is being downplayed.
Look at these so called normal people that are now huge on Youtube. Look at the way they behave, the way they act and the attention they crave. You've got people like Eugenia Cooney that starve themselves, wear skimpy clothing to showcase her BONES poking through her skin and people support these streams. Nikocado Avocado who gorges on food, is morbidly obese and will probably be dead in the next few years. Others that are seemingly always on the brink of a mental breakdown, coming out with insane or outrageous behaviors all so people will watch them. But....It all makes sense when people idolize you. You're a god to these people, a small time celebrity. You can do know wrong, after all - THAT'S YOUR CHARM! "You're not like other insert group."
Now please know. This intent was not to make fun of thin people, fat people, or crazy people. It's that they fall into this behavior because they have large followings, because it makes them money, and because they've turned into complete and utter narcissists. TRUE narcissists, the personality disorder - not just someone who likes to look at themselves in a mirror.
I think that's what makes me sad about our generation, the ones behind us and the generations to come. Being an "influencer" aka - A hot girl that takes photo's of herself in a bikini at exotic locations to sell products, a Youtube star or a celebrity is all people seem to want to be and it's fucked us up. It really has. This is not to say that someone becoming a doctor is average or lame, that's still high achieving, but NORMAL folks. Someone that wants to be an accountant, a mechanic, a manager somewhere.
This is a mass generalization but culture is culture. Technology takes over and makes you desire new things.
Maybe the sad part is not that young kids want to be seen on youtube to entertain others, it's that we look up to these freaks that exhibit mentally ill behaviors for views, money, and eyes - and it's applauded and celebrated. Gross.
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