The Spiral of Silence: Why We’re Losing the Ability to Express Happiness

  That’s how every vacation goes, whether you like it or not. Taking a vacation is a happy thing, but Weibo is full of all kinds of unhappy complaints: those who complain about the free highway policy, those who complain about too many people, those who complain about flight delays, and those who complain that the vacation is not long enough… From Weibo public opinion Looking at it, it seems that this holiday was very unhappy, and many people had all kinds of inexplicable grievances.
  Is it really? This may be just an illusion and illusion given by the Internet, but it is not the case in reality. In life, you can feel all kinds of happiness of the people around you during the holidays: people who travel are happy, people who take their children for a walk in the park are happy, people who stay at home and watch soap operas are happy, and they can sleep naturally People who are awake are happy…Holidays are mainly a state of leisure, and it is not necessary to get something to be happy-that kind of leisurely and relaxed state makes people happy.
  However, why do we feel all kinds of unhappiness from the public space? A sad fact is that maybe we are losing the ability to express happiness and happiness, and unhappiness narration occupies and monopolizes the public space, so people pass and reinforce unhappiness hints to each other.
  For example, on Weibo, the most popular social platform nowadays, those negative emotions can always be retweeted to the greatest extent, those bad news are always commented on the most, and those complaints and criticisms can always arouse the most recognition and resonance. It is difficult for your happiness to infect another person, but your unhappiness can always spread to others as quickly as the flu. Expressing dissatisfaction, telling unhappy experiences, and refusing to say that he is happy, seems to prove a person’s rebellious and rebellious posture-and this rebellious posture seems to represent a sense of moral superiority and “political correctness” .
  During the holidays, people complain about all kinds of unhappiness during the journey on Weibo, which is nothing but the spread of resentment in daily life. All kinds of dissatisfaction are pervasive in ordinary microblogs, and these emotions will naturally be extended and projected into the holidays habitually.
  Here, happiness is a spiral of silence. The louder the voice of dissatisfaction is, the more those happy remarks are marginalized. In the overall dissatisfaction atmosphere, happiness becomes more and more silent. In fact, among the massive amount of information on Weibo every day, there are quite a few people expressing happy holidays and posting happiness on vacation, but because they do not match the “overall aura”, they are easily drowned in the sea of ​​voices. As a result, such a scene has been formed: the happy majority has become the silent majority; a few unhappy voices have occupied the mainstream of public opinion.
  The most terrifying thing is that this “silent spiral” about happiness is further weakening and degrading people’s ability to express happiness. When they have happiness, they are unwilling to express and share it, and prefer to savor it silently in their personal world. Over time, we also lose the ability to express happiness, and become better at expressing dissatisfaction, telling unhappiness, and venting emotions.
  Some time ago, a series of media interviews on “Are you happy?” sparked public discussion on the topic of “happiness”. Many people are disgusted with such questions. It is indeed reckless and reckless to ask people casually on the street “Are you happy?”, even a little ridiculous-but we can quietly ask ourselves: are you happy? In daily life, we are rarely willing to face up to this grand proposition. Just like treating happiness, we are also losing the ability to perceive and express happiness. We are rarely willing to admit that we are happy publicly. “Admitting to live a happy life” seems to mean a gesture of being tamed-this is an abnormal public opinion ecology .
  Of course, we can attribute all these problems to the system, thinking that reality and the system force us to doubt, dissatisfy, rebel and deny. But don’t forget that each of us is, in a sense, a system, that we are part of reality. We refuse to be forced, to “be happy” and “be happy”, but we are equally wary of the spiral of silence that forces us to lose the ability to express joy and happiness.

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