Memes, meme, and meme! Everywhere! What is it? Why are people so mad after it? Why does teen feel so proud to put “Meme lover” in their social media bios? In this article, we’re going to learn why exactly do we feel relaxed, or, overwhelmed, or happy after going through memes. Before we begin, let’s see what exactly are memes and the story behind it.
What Are Memes?
Let’s see what our Wikipedia says.
The word meme was coined by Richard Dawkins in his 1976 book The Selfish Gene as an attempt to explain the way cultural information spreads; the concept of the Internet meme was first proposed by Mike Godwin in the June 1993 issue of Wired.
That is Internet Meme. Let’s see what is just “Meme”.
A meme is an idea, behavior, or style that spreads from person to person within a culture—often with the aim of conveying a particular phenomenon, theme, or meaning represented by the meme. A meme acts as a unit for carrying cultural ideas, symbols, or practices, that can be transmitted from one mind to another through writing, speech, gestures, rituals, or other imitable phenomena with a mimicked theme. Supporters of the concept regard memes as cultural analogues to genes in that they self-replicate, mutate, and respond to selective pressures.
What Makes Us Feel Happy in Text-Filled Pages?
It’s how you relate to them. You first open up your social media account which can be any of many like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and etc. And what do you see first? It’s upon the algorithm and what you mostly go through and like. If you see the memes on top, it means you’re more likely to have liked post related to it previously.
Talking about relating it. What does actually happen? Memes are actually line(s) of text in a funny picture/video which is relatable. Let’s take an example of recent news you heard about Facebook collecting your private details. You are concerned about it and then you coincidently find out that there are other people too who are facing it. How? You see a meme related to it. Let’s put one and see how do you feel.
How do you feel? You saw something you already knew and that came up. It means you now know that others too feel the same as you. Let’s take other examples too.
You may mostly procrastinate yet you make new years resolutions and plan to do something new this year. But do you really do? In majority, No. You feel quite funny because you find out something that happened to you in a funny image and text. And when you go through comments, you find out that it is not just you! This happens to everyone and you feel happy because you’re not alone doing it wrong(yea, procrastinating is wrong but most of the people do, in fact, me too. Who doesn’t? lol).
The above one was of funny kid’s reaction. Now let’s get one from a movie dialogue from a famous actor and see how you feel it.
You may once have had your friend/relative or anyone to put their WiFi password in your phone and when you visit them later, for like one or two months, you find out that you’re still connected. Your brain makes you think that(if you’re a newbie to social media and haven’t got into memes lately) you’re the only one to have your friend/relative put the password and it’s still the same. But what if you find out a meme like the above one stating that others feel the same? You feel like “wow, it’s not just me”. And then you open up the comment section, you realize that people have gone through in this situation too. You feel relatable and that makes your brain distracted from what you were feeling previously, thus making you feel better than before.
Are Memes Good For Mental Health?
Yes, absolutely! When you are anxious or depressed, you feel happy when going through a meme. This makes your mind distracted and manipulates your brain into thinking that whatever you’ve seen into the picture is what happened to you previously and that keeps your brain busy, or you can say, diverts your brain. They may not help you all the time, but mostly, they will divert you and make you feel like you were not even sad at first place, if not happy.
Before you, open up your social media account and hunt down for memes, BEEP! Wait! There are negative types of memes too which can cause wrong and bad effects on your personality. There are many types of memes which include “dank memes”, “offensive memes” and many others. Those are negative memes and that may make you happy too. But they pose a negative effect on your health.
At any cost, you should avoid such one because such one may make you addicted to it and thus, resulting in indirect manipulation of your brain which can make you a “toxic person” who is obsessed with memes which makes fun of people in grief, disabled person and etc which falls into “toxic memes”.
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