Over the past couple of months there have been so much talk about social anxiety. To be honest, before the past couple of years I didn’t know that social anxiety was a mental condition that people faced. I knew people that were shy or uncomfortable in social situations but I thought that it was just a common thing that everyone felt sometimes in passing.
There have been many people like prominent bloggers and Youtube personalities that have revealed that they suffer from social anxiety which is a good thing because it has brought awareness to an illness that people have to work through every day of their lives. However, it also caused a wave of attention and all of it wasn’t so positive. Tons of people began to make claims of having social anxiety and although there were many people who supported their admissions there were also many who were highly skeptical that they were suffering from anything except self-indulgence. Some people went as far as calling these people “fake” or “liars” on their social media and perpetuated hate towards these individuals.
Their reason for not believing that these people don’t have social anxiety is because they have social media feeds full of pictures of them going out and with their friends. But I think that what a lot of people are missing is that you can’t judge someone’s life based on what they display on social media. Someone’s life could look so glamorous on social media and be completely different. We pick and choose what we share on social media and most people only share the good side of their life.
One person that has been targeted by the public is Acacia Brinley. I really don’t know much about her or her Youtube channel but she is huge on Tumblr/Instagram as well. One day I was going through my Instagram explore page and stumbled across her profile. I clicked on one of her pictures and was shocked by the overwhelming amount of hateful comments, most of which were about her claims of having social anxiety. I immediately thought to myself, why do people hate this girl so much? I looked up her Youtube channel and just by scrolling through the comment section I found out that it is because she has a lot of provocative photos on her social media and attends a lot of high profile events in LA and her viewers don’t believe that someone who has social anxiety would be able to do those things. But the comments were horrendous, they aren’t just calling her names but there are people saying that should disappear and even die.
I don’t know if everyone who is claiming to suffer from social anxiety actually has a mental condition or if they are just think that they are because it’s trendy to say things like “I’m only cool on the internet” and “I have no friends” (which if you don’t believe me just scroll around Tumblr blogs and you’ll see what I mean). But that’s thing, I don’t know. As I’ve gotten older one thing that I have learned is that you never know what’s happening in someone else’s mind, home, or life. They could be suffering from a mental illness or maybe some people who make this claim are just crying out for attention, but I don’t feel like it’s other people’s place to decide which one it is.
What do you guys think about this?