The truth about toilet paper photos

Everyone wants to make their announcement bigger than everyone else's. 

EVERYONE IS SHOUTING OVER THE TOP OF EVERYONE ELSE AND NOT LISTENING TO THE OTHER CONVERSATIONS - because that's how we've been told social media works. 

We're still going to rely on social for news and updates in the weeks to come, so rather that turning off we need to ensure we stay socially connected.  

We're understanding more about the virus and how it might impact us with every day, but this means new changes from the government. 

We're seeing a #kindness effect building momentum in our suburbs and there's a glimmer of hope that we're not totally fucked, but then those supermarket photos bring everything undone. 

HERE'S WHY:

1. They are reinforcing an unrealistic image about the future. 

2. They are reinforcing a worst-case scenario that our world is changing (and humans hate change). 

3. They reinforce the scary images we don't want to think about in the back of our minds and blow them completely out of proportion. 

4. They are the fuel to our fears. 

5. They are unrelenting and extreme. There's so many of them that we stop seeing them as something unusual, but something we might have to live with forever. We can't process things anymore so we unconsciously start thinking this is the new normal. 

6. They trigger uncomfortable feelings and thoughts we're not used to. This is more commonly referred to as anxiety and is not something nice. Most of you are fortunate that this is your first time experiencing anxiety.  Many of you are used to managing this on a daily basis and suddenly find yourselves dealing with yet another source of anxiety that's becoming overwhelming. 

7. They are posted by our'friends'. We automatically assume that since these posts are by our friends that the information contained is true and correct. 

The reason Facebook uses the term "friend" over "contact" is one of the best psychological tricks ever performed. WE ARE 9 TIMES MORE LIKELY TO UNQUESTIONABLY TRUST SOMETHING IF IT'S POSTED BY OUR FRIENDS, because in the real world we trust our friends, they know us well and never lie to us. Unfortunately we bestow this Same level of unwavering belief in our Facebook friends - even if it's someone we haven't seen for 20 years or had a one-off drunken conversation with on a crazy night out. 

Toilet paper street photography

A really boring photo of what the toilet paper section  looks like 99.9% of the time

So that's why friends don't let friends post supermarket apocalypse photos on Facebook. Friends realise that we all know Coles has no poo paper and that posting about it will keep adding to the hysteria. Friends realise Woolie's had no fresh produce left - and they can get broccoli tomorrow without announcing it to the world. Friends are mindful that distressing pictures of the impending famine where everyone is covered in poo is completely unrealistic and will never eventuated. 

Friends also remember that the last thing they want to do is trigger their friend's anxiety because unbeknown to them we're all putting on a brave face but we're actually shitting ourselves on the inside.