Simulation Theory sparks anxiety, delusions in many

Teagan Harris, Sports Editor

If you have any type of device that connects to the internet, or even friends and family who do, you’ve probably heard of the Simulation Theory. It may sound ridiculous to some, but a lot of people believe that the world around us is nothing but a game.
I, and many others, grew up with a nearly unrestricted access to the internet. So many grow with insane expectations of the world, and that makes it so easy to forget the way the real world works.
On top of that, a lot of people experience what has become known as “main-character syndrome,” where people genuinely believe that they are the focal point of the world– or the main character of the simulation we are “in.”
I personally struggled a lot as a child with realizing that other people see me differently than I see myself. I often had epiphanies over the fact that other people around me saw the world out of their own eyes–a fact that, for some reason, deeply frightened me.
When it comes to the Simulation Theory, some experience that same fear on a much larger, more terrifying scale. It has become a trend of sorts–especially on TikTok–to use certain disorienting songs to convince people that they are not real.
This trend is so very harmful for so many reasons– the biggest one being that it can trigger people who have an anxiety disorder. I have personally witnessed individuals on the internet have full panic attacks after watching the disorienting videos.
In some horrifying instances, some are triggered and mentally affected so deeply that it could cause them to physically harm themselves.
As someone who is not affected in the same capacity, I could never fully comprehend the trauma this trend brings. So many of us could never understand how the media can affect others.