Me 10 years ago: probably would have played along with the profile picture aging meme going around on Facebook and Instagram
Me now: ponders how all this data could be mined to train facial recognition algorithms on age progression and age recognition
According to an expert, the 10-year challenge could be GOOD for your mental health if you use it wisely.
New Delhi: What started off casually as a way to emphasise upon ageing gracefully by the celebrities is now taking over the Internet. The #10YearChallenge on social media, including Facebook and Instagram, is a mixed bag of emotions for many. How does it make you feel? Happy that you aged well, or sad that the transformation isn’t the most appealing. According to an expert, the 10-year challenge could be ‘GOOD’ for your mental health if you use it wisely.
Meanwhile, one writer, Kate O’Neill, argues that the new trend would be a great way for Facebook to train artificial intelligence to understand the human ageing process.
For the uninitiated, the 10-year challenge involves posting pictures of your photos taken 10 years apart – for instance, one from the year 2009 and one that is taken now (2019). The latest internet frenzy movement is also called #HowHardDidAgingHitYou. In this article, Dr Era Sharma Dutta, MD (Psychiatry), DNB (Psychiatry), M.B.B.S, Consultant Neuropsychiatrist & Therapist, tells us how the trend could be beneficial for you if used prudently. Read on! Read – Hazel Keech’s #10YearChallenge: Admits she had Depression, Bulimia – Link between mental and eating disorders
Nostalgia and science
A trip down the memory lane is guaranteed when you go fishing for that 10-year-old photo. Nostalgia leads to release of certain chemicals in the brain like serotonin for happiness and dopamine for reward and pleasure. Chances are, relieving the past may bring back some bittersweet memories. Retrace the steps from where you were 10 years ago to now. Focus on the happy vibes. Use this nostalgia to make you happy by practising gratitude for what you have in the present.
Age is more than just a number
A stark difference is seen in the physical appearance after each decade. A few wrinkles and grey hairs are a part of ageing gracefully. And if you were making major style bloopers 10 years ago, then you would be happy to just see how far you have come. If you aged well, you are likely to feel elated. In fact, most individuals are surprised that they aged gracefully. Most individuals feel more content, fulfilled and at peace with age.
Comparison (to self) may be good for you
Don’t use this challenge to fixate on how little someone else changed or how their change is better than yours. Focus on yourself. Accept the change for good.
Goals and resolutions
Don’t like the change in the two-decade apart pictures? Go ahead and still post them. Let it motivate you to work on yourself this year. Whether it is eating healthier, focusing more on your skin, working out, grooming yourself, this is a great time to still make a resolution. Perhaps, you may aim to turn those pictures around for the next year’s 10-year challenge.
Reconnect with friends
Are friends from a decade ago who are in the picture, still in your life? Lost touch due to busy schedules? Just drop them a line and say ‘Hello’. Go beyond tagging them. Make it personal. Reconnecting with friends is great for your mental health. These friends have been around and understand you well.
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