The internet is a powerful tool. It acts as a library, a news source and an entertainment device, and it allows us to stay connected to those we care about most. (Thanks, social media.) But a recent Instagram account, @worldrecordegg, also proved it can be an amazing advocacy tool. The seemingly random egg Instagram was created to bring awareness to mental health.
If you haven’t been following this eggcellant story, let’s back up: On Jan. 4, @worldrecordegg popped up on the social media platform with a single image, that of a brown (and slightly spotted) egg. The caption on the post was simple: “Let’s set a world record together and get the most liked post on Instagram. Beating the current world record held by Kylie Jenner (18 million)! We got this,” but no further information was given. This vagueness intrigued many, and the post was liked 52 million times.
The Instagram account acquired 10 million followers.
On Jan. 18, a second, nearly identical image appeared; however, this time the egg sported a small crack. And the next two posts — on Jan. 22 and 29, respectively — were the same, though the crack grew each and every time.
None of the subsequent images contained captions.
But on Sunday, all was revealed. Just after the Super Bowl, Hulu aired a 30-second episode/commercial and disclosed that “World Record Egg” was actually a mental health awareness campaign concerning social media use.
At the start of the episode, the egg — which now sports an adorable little face — introduces itself. It then says “Recently, I’ve started to crack. The pressure of social media is getting to me,” before breaking into several pieces. And while the egg appears destroyed, it doesn’t remain broken. Instead, it makes a direct plea to viewers, stating, “If you’re struggling too, talk to someone” before putting itself back together and saying, “We got this.”
The video then directs viewers to TalkingEgg.info, a website that contains links to several nonprofit mental health organizations, including Mental Health America.
Reaction to the big reveal was mixed. Some social media users were disappointed, while others were thrilled @worldrecordegg shined a spotlight on mental health, and we are in the latter category. Because while this account could have been established to spread entertainment news — or any news for that matter — it was created spread awareness, acceptance and self-love.
If you or someone you know is struggling, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, visit SuicidePreventionLifeline.org or text “START” to 741-741 to speak to a trained counselor at Crisis Text Line.
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