By Ben Spielberg
I never thought I would see the day when Twitter became a large, multinational group therapy session. However, it may not necessarily be a bad thing—after all, isn’t rehab, stripped to its bare essentials, just 24/7 group therapy? #IGetRealMadWhen is a tag looking to change the dynamics of social relationships, adding an emotional component to an otherwise self-involved and shallow process.
@iamkingkendrick just wants to be appreciated. Me too; can’t we all relate to that? @herena wants to cease animal abuse once and for all! @Axe sees the trending hashtag as an immediate opening to promote their products, explaining their anger towards unwanted perspiration. And I’m sure we can all relate to @panCAYkes_, who feels rage towards bullies of all kinds.
Do the risks outweigh the benefits?
- The satisfaction of venting is huge. After tweeting your anger, the next logical step is to hug the closest person next to you, resulting in…
- World Peace, duh.
- If people are unanimously mad at the same thing, there is a potential for a disastrous domino effect on Twitter. Does Twitter have the capacity to re-tweet ad infinitum all day long? Furthermore, I doubt this is a tag we want to see in our feeds all day long.
- Some people may not be ready for psychotherapy on a global scale. When one opens up their unconscious, they may not be ready for the years of high school tormenting they have successfully suppressed for so long.
- People may learn incorrect usage of grammar. Clearly, only adverbs can modify verbs/adjectives, transforming what’s trending from the improper #IGetRealMadWhen to the grammatically correct #IGetReallyMadWhen. With our education system losing money every second, we must think about the children.
Hopefully, #IGetRealMadWhen should help us grow as a community, opening us up for opportunities to exercise empathy on a daily basis. If we can get past the risks, they benefits may be enormous.