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Non-serious use of the word 'triggered'

MikeMike 🖥️🎧LandaanPosts: 3,470 Community Manager
edited April 16 in Politics and Debate
For a lot of us, the word 'triggered' means something real and serious. A trigger might be something that sets off an unpleasant feeling, something that causes flashbacks, the list goes on.

But people also use it in a less serious, more jokey way. You don't have to look very far to see memes, YouTube videos, and whatever else where people use 'triggered' to mean 'annoyed'.

What do you guys think about this? Is it okay to use that sort of language like that, or does it take away from the seriousness of real mental health triggers for you?

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Non-serious use of the word 'triggered' 19 votes

I think it's fine
26%
SkiveShaunieLucy307Dandelion_Tech_Addict_Girl 5 votes
It's okay in some contexts
52%
independent_AidanDancerGreenTeatkdogAnch0r33AislingDMPast Userlovemimoonrainskye 10 votes
I don't like it
21%
JellyelephantRileynatalie_bLorryTruck 4 votes
Aidan

Comments

  • Past UserPast User Posts: 0 Helping Hand
    It's okay in some contexts
    This is a tough one, it personally doesn't bother me and i've think i've probably used the term myself in jokey ways but then again i'm happy to joke about my own mental health and I don't tend to take those types of things too seriously.

    I can see the issue though, with the word being used in a jokey way it could take away the seriousness of what triggered means to some people.

    I guess the word 'triggered' just means that something 'triggered' off a memory or an emotion, so there isn't really a wrong way to use the word? but if it's being used to mock mental health, that's different.

    it doesn't bother me personally to see people using it for memes and in jokey contexts but i can definitely see why it could be an issue for some, fa sho.
    Anch0r33AislingDMAidan
  • Anch0r33Anch0r33 Posts: 940 Part of The Mix Family
    It's okay in some contexts
    I agree with what @Liam said. It doesn't bother me and I'd associate it more in a jokey way than a non-jokey way.

    I'd hope people would take me seriously if it was a serious matter but at the same time it can be used jokingly
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    Aidan
  • independent_independent_ Resident Coffee Addict ScotlandPosts: 6,504 Master Poster
    It's okay in some contexts
    I don’t mind it personally, it’s never been something that really bothered me, but I understand it can distract from the actual meaning of the word ‘triggered’ if people use it outside of a serious context. But never been something that’s particularly bothered me personally.
    “Sometimes the people around you won’t understand your journey. They don’t need to, it’s not for them.”
    Anch0r33Aidan
  • ShaunieShaunie 🌸 Posts: 12,653 Born on Earth, Raised by The Mix
    I think it's fine
    It’s an interesting question cause never thought about it. I just see it as like a lot of English words - it can have two meanings one being just annoyed and the other the mental health side
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    Anch0r33Aidan
  • natalie_bnatalie_b Posts: 45 Moderator
    I don't like it
    For me it's confusing because it's hard to tell if someone is joking or if they feel seriously about the subject. It's much clearer if people differentiate the words "annoyed' and 'triggered" etc. Especially over text!
    Aidan
  • AislingDMAislingDM Posts: 153 Helping Hand
    It's okay in some contexts
    I think this is such a fab question and everyone's responses are really insightful and giving me new perspectives. My instinctive answer is similar to @Liam like people could jokingly be talking about their own MH and say triggered unseriously. Equally though some people do find it difficult to interpret people's tone as @natalie_b says. Some neurodivergent people might be less certain about whether it's a joke (sometimes I see people using like "/j" to mean joking which could circumvent these problems with the use?). On top of that I guess there is also the worry that people will think you're using 'triggered' as a joke when you mean it seriously because maybe it's not a commonly spoken about issue. Like I once posted a TW for my weighing scales during COVID when I was talking about weight because I know some of my friends are triggered by things like this, but maybe others thought I was joking? It's a tough q tbh! (sorry for this essay length answer ha)
    Aidan
  • tkdogtkdog Posts: 236 Trailblazer
    It's okay in some contexts
    I think it can be okay so long as you aren't using it to make fun of those who have serious issues and don't want to see certain content, plus just considering it as being a seperate usage of the word.
    On the other hand I do consider be annoyed at mild things not based on trauma or censoring others speaking out on things kind of a serious thing and while people approach the topic through sense of humour to me even that usage can be serious. I think it is important to listen to other people's opinions sometimes without getting annoyed too easily.
    Aidan
  • AidanAidan Clever idiot Posts: 2,998 Boards Guru
    It's okay in some contexts
    I think the most important value of the free world is the liberty to joke about or find humour in pretty much anything (Hillsborough and Diana are apparently off-limits, or teaching your girlfriend's dog to sieg heil), because in the words of my grandad "if you couldn't laugh, you'd cry"

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    but idk tho
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  • AislingDMAislingDM Posts: 153 Helping Hand
    It's okay in some contexts
    I totally get what you're saying @Aidan about being able to laugh - like it's important to be able to have a laugh about things definitely and it can also bring people together when we do this :) I must say though I feel like joking about things that don't impact you can defo be harmful to people or at the very least come across the wrong way. Like, for me, as a person who is not Jewish I would never make a 'joke' or 'jokingly' use the word 'triggered' about antisemitism because it can be really harmful, especially to a marginalised group. I'd say this applies to a lot of things that get 'joked' about in the world. It's clearly a very nuanced conversation - that's why I ticked blue - but I'd try to operate by trying to take on board feedback if I did hurt someone by saying 'triggered' in an insensitive way <3
    AidanLorryTrucktkdog
  • AidanAidan Clever idiot Posts: 2,998 Boards Guru
    It's okay in some contexts
    Totally @AislingDM ! That's why I voted 'some contexts' too, because as much as it is important to laugh about things, you wouldn't do it in a mean way targetted at somebody it really affects, agreed!
    but idk tho
    AislingDMtkdog
  • JellyelephantJellyelephant Bpd bitch ✌🏼 Posts: 808 Part of The Mix Family
    I don't like it
    I wasnt sure which to pick but I put I don't like it.... because generally I don't like it when I see it purely because I feel like a lot of the time people use it as a way to try and degrade someones point of view or make them seem silly. I also think like say If you are discussing something on facebook for example, i have seen one person writes their opinion and then the other writes ooooh why u so triggereddddddddd like in my opinion its trying to make people look like they are overreacting to something and i feel that is cruel. Obviously people have the right to say what they want to - i just don't "like it" myself personally.
    The sun will rise and we will try again 
    AislingDM
  • AislingDMAislingDM Posts: 153 Helping Hand
    It's okay in some contexts
    Yeah I defo hear that @Jellyelephant and @Aidan! Like it's one of those situations where context is really important and even with the 'right context' a person can still end up being hurt by it ! I think this a really interesting and important conversation tbh :)
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