The Content & Trigger Warning Battle

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Beck Iannucci

There has been a huge increase in content warnings and trigger warnings being used incorrectly on social media. An example of this is TikTok creators just writing “warning” or “tw”. What is the warning for? There are effects on TikTok that can cause seizures. By not putting a specific warning you’re putting someone in danger. You could also potentially cause someone to relapse by not including these warnings for mental health topics.

There are also debates on if these should even be used. With media, such as books or shows, many consider a warning a spoiler. This is ridiculous because a warning for murder doesn’t tell you who dies. You still have the plot twist but it lets others know that the show contains graphic violence.

I read so many books per month, yet I’ve only seen a trigger warning before a book once. Amanda Lovelace, a poet, had warnings before her collection with a note to stay safe. It was certainly a shock to see, but a good one.

These warnings should also be given if you’re recommending someone a piece of content. Recently I had someone recommend me Bungo Stray Dogs without telling me about the various s*lf-h*rm and su*c*de attempts. That is not okay. The scenes were very jarring. I was only told about the detective part of the show. The person should have mentioned more.

Remember, you don’t know the full extent of what someone has gone through — even if you think you do. Regardless of if you think it’s something the person has gone through, it’s such a simple thing to do and it can save a person from a lot of harm.