Sadfishing: Social media trend threatens teenagers’ mental health, report warns

According to the Independent, youngsters facing genuine distress who seek support online are being accused of jumping onto the same publicity bandwagon as celebrities, according to research commissioned by headteachers.

“Sadfishing” has been used to describe when someone posts about an emotional problem in an attempt to attract attention, sympathy or hook an audience.

A new study, by Digital Awareness UK (DAUK), says sadfishing is among the new trends that damage teenagers’ self-esteem, with teenagers reporting that they have been bullied as a result.

Read more about ‘sadfishing’ and other issues in the report commissioned by the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference Sadfishing: Social media trend threatens teenagers’ mental health, report warns 

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