Self-Care Accounts are a Plague On Social Media

Mia Ouyang, Staff Writer

Self-Care Accounts are the Plague of Social Media

   I’m starting this article with the message that taking care of your mental and physical health is great. It’s important to remember that people are allowed to do things they actually enjoy. It’s not a bad thing to want to take care of yourself.

   What is an issue, however, are the “self-care” accounts — the ones that seem to think making a bullet-point list of how boys should treat girls — qualify  as “self-care.” They don’t. They don’t qualify as self-care, and, more importantly, they don’t even qualify as entertaining. 

   These accounts are the equivalent of slime accounts back in 2016. They take no effort to create, there’s too many of them and they’re basically all for teenagers or children.

   I would know, because the whole reason I created an Instagram account back then was to follow slime accounts. And then I realized, “Hey, this content is overused, and I don’t want to see it anymore.” But now I mourn for those times of watching someone’s nails jab at a pile of goo.

   For context, a self-care account is supposed to offer help regarding hobbies, health or relationships. Not everyone running a self-care account is a therapist, but they should at least try to be helpful.

   These self-care accounts usually lurk on Twitter and Instagram. Why aren’t these “advocates” of self-care taking to YouTube, or Tumblr, or literally anywhere else except these two sites?

   Because to go anywhere else requires hard work or a talent of being entertaining. 

   To make a successful YouTube account, you need someone behind or in front of the camera. In order to make a successful YouTube channel, you need to spend money. 

   Gaming channels spend it on cameras, microphones, new games, computer hardware and more. 

   Vlogging channels need to buy or do outrageous things at extravagant places in order to grab and keep the attention of their audience, and, even then, they usually have to vlog daily.

   Even making video essays on YouTube requires smooth editing, a wealth of information that is double and triple-checked, and a voice that’s at least pleasing to listen to.

   To be able to make the front page of Tumblr or any other similar site requires someone to be different. You need to actually make or share content that people haven’t seen before and that the vast majority of the community find interesting. 

   The only way an Instagram or Twitter-lurking self-care account could make it on any other site is if they reposted other people’s content.

   On YouTube, there is not a single self-care channel that exceeds 40,000 subscribers. On Reddit, the community dedicated to self-care has roughly 5,000 members. To put that into perspective, the Reddit community dedicated to discussing worms (r/Vermiculture) has almost 7,000. 

   On Tumblr, the blogs that revolve around self-care are drastically different than those on Instagram and Twitter: They actually give advice.

   Self-care accounts aren’t benefitting anyone. They don’t actually give useful information that isn’t excruciatingly obvious to anyone over the age of 10. As an example, I looked up “self-care” on Instagram, clicked on the first account, and went to a thread about photography tips.

   To give you an idea of how much this account was reaching, the thread actually had the words “take pictures from different angles.” It’s like telling an actor to “show different emotions.” 

   But you know, of course, it’s a possibility I clicked on a particularly rancid thread. So I scrolled through the rest of this account, but none of their other posts were about self-care. 

   They had one titled, “actual cool shower thoughts,” one titled, “THINGS WE CAN ALL RELATE TO,” and one titled “Youtubers be like…” I didn’t want to know what YouTubers be like. I wanted to find posts about self-care.

   The second account I visited admittedly had less followers, but I thought that maybe their small following would humble them. These were my thoughts until my eyes laid upon a post titled “Funny TikToks.”

   Where is the self-care in these accounts? They create stagnant, boring content, if you can even call it content in the first place. Their “advice” is helping no one.

   You don’t need to follow these self-care accounts. They aren’t going to help with any of your problems, they aren’t your therapist, they aren’t your guide for how to fix your life.

   These accounts are a nuisance upon social media, and it’s time for the Internet to get cleansed of them.