Why are we so prone to competition?

We need to stop letting what we see on social media decide who we are
Screenshot from a TikTok video where creator shows everything she received for Christmas
Screenshot from a TikTok video where creator shows everything she received for Christmas
Mikayla Carrino
Screenshot of the “poor christmas haul” trend that started because of the “rich girl christmas haul” (Mikayla Carrino)

Tiktok, the app that I regularly use for good laughs and information about what’s trending. Over winter break many trends started, but one trend really stuck out to me the morning of Christmas day. I did not get a good laugh out of it. What I came across was ridiculous, and showed me how one trend can really bring down someones self esteem. Suddenly “Rich girl Christmas haul” started becoming the next big hit for Tik Tok. Why are social media users establishing this as ok? I always thought showing off was a disapproval of your own self, but I guess that we are being so blinded by what’s being seen to the public eye and letting what people post decide who we are and what we are worth.  

Unfortunately, the trend continued and gave me a bigger headache. Instead of being irritated,  I became concerned for my generation who’s still learning how to go through life. I’m worried because social media isn’t used for entertainment and social purposes as it was hoped to be.  Now social media is “why I’m better than you” or why “they are better than me” no matter what talents you or they may have or how you are as a person and what you contribute to the world. Why should society value what you have more than what you do?

It disturbs me that society feels the need to brag about such little things. Why is our value of ourselves and what we can offer society so low that what we are handed is what we want others to know us for? 

We should all spend more time posting and reposting acts of kindness and showing interest in each other instead of showing a lack of understanding that not everyone is as fortunate as you. So post that video of you cleaning up someone’s yard , sitting at lunch with someone you’re not used to sitting by, helping the elderly, helping children, volunteering and sharing what you can to people in need instead of posting your heap of consumerism. We need to start encouraging each other and lifting each other up.  

 

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  • Julie HayesJan 12, 2024 at 12:38 am

    Excellent!

  • Mary CarrinoJan 11, 2024 at 11:32 am

    Excellent article. This should be published in national teen magazines. I’m proud of your writing but even prouder of your beliefs.