Lately, I’ve noticed that there seems to be a pattern emerging from blogs and articles. Most of them start like “15 reason why you should..”, “25 things about her/him..”, “10 questions that you should ask…”, “what _____ actually feels like” so on and so forth. Although there are good reads among the thousands of articles that have the same flow, I find it irritating that most of them imply about how you should be or who you are supposed to be in this world. It’s starting to taste like the coffee I left on the table two days ago. Bland, cold and sometimes disgusting.
Don’t get me wrong, though. I’ve written something similar to these types of articles, but that was way before it became a trend. I mean, you have people writing about who you’re supposed to be based on your zodiac sign like they know you inside and out. Some write about what you should “actually” feel about something as if their feelings are the standards of society. What the heck!? Most people would just agree and say that the writers are actually spot on. I beg to differ.
I think what people see as “spot on” description of what and who they are and how they sould or shouldn’t feel, are just small things that they can relate to and not the entirety of their being or personality. The titles catch the attention of some of the unwitting and ignorant and then makes a general guess as to what these people are going through by putting a vague and very common introduction about sex, work, travel or whatever the current hot topic is, and then proceeds to enumerate characteristics of people who may have been going through the same roller coaster ride. Kind of tastes like sensationalism, but with a different recipe.
After reading these articles, reposting, and getting enough likes and “I second the motion” comments, some suddenly feel the need to live their lives according to (or against) the portents of these articles. That could be a bad thing specially for the very emotional teens of this generation. Thus, causing more emotional or mental damage. But then again, these are just my assumptions based on how I see things. I could be wrong, entirely or I could be “SPOT ON”. Either way, there is an impact on the outlook of society.
These articles will sometimes tell you that you should leave a relationship if this, that, and those conditions are visible or to leave your job if you feel this and you see that. Some articles would even suggest to cut your ties with friends who aren’t acting like they aren’t your friends anymore. I see the logic in a handful of these articles, but most are just the bandwagon of the previous 10 bandwagons, which implies the same thing with different words. Same dog, different collar.
Some articles don’t need to be written for the simple fact that a person with common sense would already know or realize the obvious facts about the topic. Some are life realizations that can really help people who are going through similar trials, but most are just so hyped up that you won’t really see their point in making it. Most of it is just a ride on the cringe train. Nauseating.
My point is that you are in command of your life, your thoughts, and your feelings. No one can ever tell you exactly who you are based on some star sign or some mediocre study or some “feelings” coming from another person half a world away. You may find some similarities, but that’s all they will ever be unless you want them to be more. They are good sources of entertainment and good for passing time. I, for one, am not very fond of these articles. Well, not anymore. So, like all these articles, here’s a disclaimer; you can take them with a grain of salt or believe in them. It’s all up to you.