People going on social media detoxes or cutting down on screen time leads us to believe that being on the internet has a negative impact on our stress levels and productivity. While it could be true for some, because everyone’s feeds are different and curated just for them, there is also the bright side of the internet.

There is so much heartwarming content to be seen online, such as Facebook pages like Wholesome Memes, “Your #1 source for wholesomeness.” It posts true wholesome stories, cute interactions between people on the internet and creative memes that make the heart feel all fuzzy, so no wonder it has attracted over 2 million people to follow it.

Seeing that wholesome content is always healthy for our minds, we collected the best posts the page could offer. If this list isn't enough for you, Bored Panda has another one which features wholesome memes from the Instagram account kalesalad, also known as The King Of Wholesome Memes, or you can check out this one to feed your hunger for that sweet internet content.

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Nathaniel
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3 months ago (edited)

Yet when I do this with my stuffed human, all I get is funny looks.

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Social media is a quite new creation in the grand scheme of things. The first social media site could be considered Six Degrees and it was created in 1997. Social media started taking off in the 2000s and now, when the whole internet can fit in our pockets, it has become a part of our daily routines like brushing our teeth or walking our dogs.

Even though social media is still young as a phenomenon, it has such a big impact on our lives and many scientists are interested in how it works, so there are many studies conducted analyzing its effect on our mental health, stress levels, productivity and relationships.

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Emwolf
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3 months ago

AWW! So sweet!🥺

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Is Be
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3 months ago

He needs a tiny barbecue!

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Many of those studies show that being on social media too much is harmful as it increases the risk of depression and anxiety. It distracts teens from their studies and adults from doing their jobs. It often leads people to disrupted sleeping patterns and some scientists go so far as to say that the desire to be on social media can be compared to alcohol or drug addiction.

Instagram is often cited to be the worst of the existing social media platforms for people’s mental health. It is an image-focused app, but the pictures there are highly curated and people start to compare themselves with a distorted reality that they could never live up to as it is not real. Also, there is a lot of bullying if you post a picture that’s not as perfect as other people’s, so it causes body image issues and low-self esteem.

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Is Be
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3 months ago

Splish splash.

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Francis
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3 months ago

it's the law: never move when a cat decided to sleep on you

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Chef Latte
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3 months ago

The cutest audience ever ✨

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While a lot of research shows social media’s negative impact, it does also have positive effects. Scientists Mesfin A. Bekalu, PhD, Rachel F. McCloud, ScD, K. Viswanath, PhD published the paper Association of Social Media Use With Social Well-Being, Positive Mental Health, and Self-Rated Health: Disentangling Routine Use From Emotional Connection to Use in 2019 that actually showed that the internet is not all bad.

Mesfin Awoke Bekalu said, “These findings suggest that as long as we are mindful users, routine use may not in itself be a problem. Indeed, it could be beneficial.” He continued explaining in what ways it could benefit us: “We know that having a strong social network is associated with positive mental health and well-being. Routine social media use may compensate for diminishing face-to-face social interactions in people’s busy lives. Social media may provide individuals with a platform that overcomes barriers of distance and time, allowing them to connect and reconnect with others and thereby expand and strengthen their in-person networks and interactions.”

The main conclusion that was made from the data was that “the ways that people are using social media may have more of an impact on their mental health and well-being than just the frequency and duration of their use.”

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NsG
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3 months ago

So handsome!

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Nathaniel
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3 months ago

I want to name an Otter Rayleigh.

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Nathaniel
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3 months ago

"Excuse Me Sir, do you have a moment to talk about our Lord and Saviour, Kermit?"

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Is Be
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3 months ago

Tribbles?

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Maybe the solution would be looking at memes, such as those on this list. It could be hard to believe, but memes and how they influence people’s moods, stress levels and coping mechanisms are also an interesting subject of research.

Research conducted last year looked into people consuming memes during the pandemic and how they helped cope with the COVID-related stress. The results showed that even though the memes didn’t reduce the stress, they increased positive emotions, which helped with coping with that stress. 

One of the authors of the paper, Jessica Gall Myrick, said, “COVID-19 is super stressful, so this is not surprising. It will take a lot more than a few cats to lower our stress about a pandemic.” What was also interesting was that “memes about COVID actually help people cope with COVID,” so she concluded that “memes, particularly those that relate to a highly stressful context, may help support efforts to cope with the stressor.”

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Chef Latte
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3 months ago

“This fluff ball has been charged with the following- attacking birds, attacking another bird, biting (or trying to bite) a hooman’s paws, tax fraud, and being too cute for this world”

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Is Be
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3 months ago

Con queso por favor!

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Is Be
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3 months ago

He is so proud!

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While the memes on this list aren’t related to any stressors, they definitely can make your mood better and increase your positive emotions, so make sure you read it until the very last meme.

Let us know if social media causes you more stress or helps you relax. What do you think the difference depends on? Share your contemplations with us in the comments!

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Is Be
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3 months ago

Do tell.

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Courtney Sanders
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3 months ago

And that would be me as well lol 🤣

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Is Be
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3 months ago

Age of Aquarius is singing in my head.

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Noorma Hanifah
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3 months ago

My face, when I am forced to wake before my brain ready

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Zophra
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3 months ago

Well... my cat said to say she is a trapezoid. (She is just being dramatic and attention-seeking, as usual.)

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Is Be
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3 months ago

RIP all of you.

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Is Be
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3 months ago

I wish that we could be more accepting of dogs in commercial establishments.

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Is Be
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3 months ago

How dare you brighten up your day!

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Zophra
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3 months ago

I am lactose intolerant, but I would make an exception for this!

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Is Be
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3 months ago

I will give you some attention!

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Is Be
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3 months ago

Giverny gardens cat walk.

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Nathaniel
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3 months ago (edited)

Are they doing this on porpoise?

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Is Be
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3 months ago

Making sure his cholesterol levels are in check.

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Bisexual_idiot
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3 months ago

lol

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Is Be
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3 months ago

Who is the weird one?

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E. Loop
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3 months ago

I heard this

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Bisexual_idiot
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3 months ago

thx bud ;)

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Is Be
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3 months ago

Toasty puppy.

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everyone's favorite person
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3 months ago

more like people with social anxiety (me)

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Zophra
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3 months ago

Or just trying to steal the covers. Our cats already get half the bed...

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Zophra
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3 months ago

Has anyone ever asked - how do you know there is 95% if they haven't been discovered? What type of extrapolation are they using? Have they thought of all the variables in their extrapolation? And that is the end of my deep thinking for today.

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Is Be
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3 months ago

I like the fannypack.

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Is Be
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3 months ago

Obviously no dogs in the house.

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Is Be
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3 months ago

Moth doing a gum bubble?

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Zophra
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3 months ago

I'm sure the custodians who have to clean the bathroom and remove the lipstick wax are happy to know that they are "Rlly Cute."

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Francis
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3 months ago

o.O or else...

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Nathaniel
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3 months ago

*Me pressing the play button on the BoredPanda stereo* "Baby shark, doo doo doo doo doo doo"

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