When you are young and still figuring out what life is about, how are you supposed to know what makes you happy? When you are an adolescent and born in a Western society, it seems like you are entitled to happiness. It’s not just a pleasant possibility, but an obligation: the greatest, and most important, achievable lifegoal. This is where the harmful part comes in, because when there is a set goal, the option of failing excists.
The expectations of life have become extremely high and social media magnifies the isolated feeling of failure. It shows what excellence looks like and has no tolerance for the average. What is left, is a generation of young people that are already disappointed by life before it even starts. By forcing ourselves to live life in absolute perfection, misfortune gets more and more present in our lives. If you don’t feel happy, you feel like a failure. Forced happiness becomes sadness in the end.