The world of memes
November 05 2021 · 4 min read
What are memes:
According to Merriam Webster “memes is an idea, behavior, style or usage that spreads from person to person within a culture.” Memes show an interesting item that spreads through online platforms, especially social media. Memes are created by different content builders for different purposes. Some memes are created by bored internet users just for doing fun and others create memes to make their content viral to promote an idea. I have been observing for the last two years most of the youth enjoy funny memes and there is a race between them to share the best meme possible on their Instagram and Facebook posts and stories. There is an infinite number of memes which has been scattered on social media and other online platforms. You will observe different forms of memes on the internet that may be in the form of pictures, videos, and emojis. The memes content has been created by meme creators by considering the audience who are going to enjoy it. Not every meme can be understood by everyone. A meme that is related to business will be understood by business-related people, a meme about politics can be comprehended by the politics-related people. Most of the meme content is created which related to ongoing scenarios in the world.
Effects of memes on society:
We, humans, tend to see and perceive pictures much quicker than the text and we respond faster to them. Memes are not just simple easy visual cracks but they have consistent hidden jokes and meaning which relate the society. We live in a society that is indivisible physically and have advanced realms. We have an enlarged society where we are associated with each other. The social activities we have are mainly through the internet and social media. The spread of memes on social media has both positive and negative effects on the society we live in.
Positive memes help us in highlighting real-life problems and stereotypical norms of society in a funny but expressive manner. For example, the memes about politicians can help people to know what is humorously happening in the country. Memes bring change in society if they are spread with some idea and theme behind them. Most people use memes as a source to explain political and social issues. Moreover, positive and humorous memes impact positively on people who are depressed, memes regulate their emotions and help them smile and laugh.
I have been observing people smiling while scrolling through their Facebook and showing each other memes and having fun. So memes bring a positive effect on the mental well-being of an individual.
Overall, memes are fun to watch for a good laugh. But they have been taken too far and the consequences can be fatal. A simple meme could affect someone's life forever. This can endanger their mental health, as well as their social life and status in the real world. The effects of memes depend on the mental level of an individual. It can be negative if a person is taking it personally and perceiving it wrong. Memes usually check with current events, thus there's a risk that the humor won't be taken as it is meant to be and it can be possible that someone finds oneself being taken within the wrong way.
It is a fact that wherever now and then your friendly relationship is measured with the number of memes you tag your friends in and this become a trend nowadays. When we look deeply into the issue it is clear that memes are created by some random lazy person sitting at his desk, who is more sensible at jokes makes an attempt to make fun of his friends and it results in a social media sensation now it become a search out for happiness.
The dark side of the memes:
The problem arises when the so-called nontoxic meme culture twists into a bad game of racial discrimination and especially body shame. The unseen reality of these jokes comes forward when they start to hurt the feelings of tons of people. I have observed lots of random images of a black person, fat or very thin person, or even transgender shared on various social media like Facebook and Instagram with a caption to tag someone who is like this or who deserve this and many other things and we social media users keep share and like happily and encourage such pathetic content.
We all are social media users and enjoy thousands of memes that have been shared on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. Being good humans we need to promote positive content which would help to bring positive impacts on individuals and society as a whole.