What You Need to Know About Sadfishing on Social Media

As you’re probably aware, while social media has its benefits, it can also be harmful depending on how your kids use it. A new trend known as “sad fishing” is a new example of a trend that can prove problematic. Here’s what you need to know about sadfishing and how it affects your kids.

Sadfishing is when someone puts a sad status, photo, or post on their social media profile to convince others to believe that they are sad or perhaps even depressed. One example is when Kendall Jenner spoke of her “debilitating struggle” with acne when promoting a skincare brand. Many believed that this was simply a ruse to convince her fanbase to purchase the products, hence the accusations of sadfishing. While being vulnerable in public is not always a bad thing, excessive posting could in fact be a cry for help while also instilling panic in the people who care about the teens who are posting. So, why do kids undertake such a destructive habit?

Psychologist Liz Nissim-Matheis explained that this is often done by kids who are struggling and feel as if they don’t have another outlet through which to express themselves or seek help. “It comes off as attention seeking, and sometimes it is, but I don’t think it comes from a place of feeling content and happy,” she continued.

Liz suggested that parents whose children are sadfishing should approach their kids and check how they are feeling. Rather than speaking about the post itself, they should appear open and receptive to hearing about their kids’ feelings, explaining that they are there for them if they wish to talk.