In a bizarre and shocking development, multiple reports indicate that people are transforming into zoo animals as a result of excessive exposure to social media. According to experts, the phenomenon has been triggered by the impact of social media on the human brain, leading to a loss of touch with reality and a sense of identity.
The transformation appears to have started among social media influencers who avidly follow certain zoo animals or regularly post about animal welfare on their accounts. It began with minor symptoms such as a creeping sense of dislocation and a desire to emulate animals’ traits. However, it soon developed into a full-blown transformation resembling the animals they admired. Tails, fur, and other remarkable physical changes have been reported.
The effects have now spilled onto young adults and teenagers currently the most vulnerable to social media trends, a careful analysis from the World Health Organization has revealed. The widespread access and acceptance of social media also mean that the phenomenon is continuing to grow unabatedly.
While shares of amusement and spectacle can be had by the trending topic, the implications of the transformation go beyond amusement and fun. Transformation comes with consequences, and while the social aspect of it might seem to propagate lightheartedness, the long-term ramifications and stigmatization that comes with fully turning into zoo animals is a source of concern to many.
The WHO has urged users not to underestimate the mental and physical health effects of their online experiences and reminded them to stay in touch with reality and thoughtfully reflect on the impact their online presence can have on themselves and others. It remains to be seen whether these warning signals about the social phenomenon will raise concerns among users and limit harmful influence or whether more aggressive intervention such as policies and regulations will be adopted.