We’re pretty sure that you’ll encounter at least one meme as you scroll through your social media feed. They are everywhere, in various forms and iterations, tempting you to hit the share button because they're just too funny or relatable. Every day, a new meme is born. And that’s something to be thankful for, at least for the Generation Z.
The Generation Z, composed of people born in 1995 up until 2012 who are said to be technology-driven, finance and career-oriented, and autonomous, among other things, are the biggest “???” to older generations, and this new survey might just bewilder them even more.
A recent survey done by VICE Media looked into how young people across the world are coping in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and results show that the Generation Z seem to be finding solace in none other than the internet’s favorite form of communication—memes.
The survey, taken by around 9,000 young adults across the globe, showed that 72 percent of Gen Z see “memes and humorous posts” as a means of coping. The study also found that 47 percent of young adults resort to social media more during the pandemic compared to before, especially now that most of us are staying at home to help flatten the curve.
Even though we can validate the therapeutic powers of memes based on personal experience, various studies exist to support the finding of the survey. For instance, there’s one that says self-reflective memes provide students that sense of “relatability and humor” which help them cope with mental health issues.
So go ahead, tag that friend in that new meme you saw. The next time you feel like you're wasting away your precious quarantine time by sharing unli memes, you'll feel slightly better knowing you're helping your fellow Gen Zers cope, even in the slightest.
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