A social-media “trend” is leaving young people with genuine mental health problems “facing unfair and distressing criticism”, private-school leaders say.
“Sadfishing” is a growing “behavioural trend”, where people make “exaggerated claims about their emotional problems to generate sympathy”, the heads say.
And it means those with real problems are often overlooked or even bullied.
Young people are finding sadfishing very “hard to manage”, the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference says.
It commissioned a report, Digital Awareness UK, based on interviews with 50,000 pupils in the UK.
The report quotes a pupil who shared on social media they had been “feeling really down”.
“I got a lot of people commenting on and ‘liking’ my post but then some people said I was sadfishing, the next day at school, for attention,” the pupil said.
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