YouTube has been inundated with “social experiments” for a while now, so I went into this video cautiously. Pretty quickly, I realized though that good social experiments not only entertain but can also educate and make a case for being the best person you can be — that is, the person that you already are. You just have to learn to embrace that person, which this video teaches. So yeah, as far as social experiments go, this is a great one.
Watching the faces of kids when they think their “private self” is going to be shared with their classmates, you instantly share their fears. Your reputation is a tricky thing in school — for people to know you like stuff that isn’t perceived as “cool,” it can seem … world-shattering.
I would be horrified if, when I was a teen, other teens knew I wet the bed or knew all the words to every Disney song. But it’s strange how that wouldn’t have mattered when I was a little kid or now, as an adult. It was just those few years through middle school and high school where I was terrified by what everyone else might think of me.
Little did I know that everyone else was sort of terrified as well.
And that is the brilliance of this video and books like Aija Mayrock’s The Survival Guide To Bullying: if we can be our real selves, what do we have left to fear? We’re all pretty goofy in our own little ways.
In addition to social media bringing the world together, it can also act as a forum to make the world a better place. Right now, everyone is focused on the bullies of social media because we haven’t fully figured out how to use social media. Bullies are just the early adopters. When we truly master social media, it will be a tool for everyone to reveal how special and unique they are while still under the umbrella of human being. In short, social media, as it does in this video, will one day set us free from fear.