YouTuber star, Marina Joyce (@marinajoycestick, 2m followers) 19, is worrying fans with her new and bizarre Facebook (900k followers) entry on Sunday that noted that she “wanted to be a God like Buddha,” and that she wanted people to call her “Goddess Marina from now on.”
The #SaveMarinaJoyce Campaign on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook
Last month in July, fans created a hashtag #SaveMarinaJoyce when her YouTube video Date Outfit Ideas, included her whispering the words, “help me,” at the 13 second mark.
The YouTube star is known for her eye makeup tutorials, videos on how to be a cat and vlogs on hairstyle ideas.
Added to that, she also invited her fans to go partying with her at Bethnal Green, London at 6:30am:
Massacre in Munich, Kidnappings and BuzzFeed
During a weekend in July, Marina Joyce could not be contacted. Some online fans suggested that the case was similar to the Munich Massacre where Ali Sonboly, a teenager got lured his victims into a McDonalds before killing nine of them.
On a community post on Buzzfeed, a breaking news report read, “Famous YouTuber Marina Joyce Found Dead In Bethnal Green.”
However, Enfield Police (@MPSEnfield) tweeted that she was “safe and well,” which dampened the hysteria surrounding the YouTube star.
Bizarre Facebook Entry, Mental Health and Worrying Fans
Some of her most odd statements were:
She wanted people to call her “Goddess Marina from now on.” She also wrote that she found a “couple of secrets about the After Life.”
She went on to say, “I know that I can still contact humans during the afterlife and I want to become this because I want to one day Create a Temple and a Shrine where I am known as God of the Shrine because I would like to spend my time there with people drawing art.”
Her post refers to “Crystal healing, ” “Holy Sacred place on earth,” and “spiritual connection with spirits.”
She mentions that she would build her temple in “Machu Pichu,” asking fans to “leave comments telling me, explaining to me how exactly I would build this temple.”
This has all sparked off fresh concern and worry about her mental state. The vlogger, Marina Joyce, has seemed to skip the negative comments, only really answering the positive ones.
A more cynical guess could be that she is drumming up hysteria to get more virtual attention and subscribers.
So far a host of sites has posted blogs on her, including: TeenVogue.com, Refinery29 and Seventeen Magazine.
Vlogging and Social Anxiety
According to medicalnewstoday.com, on average, Americans spend 7.6 hours a month using social media, the majority of individuals use their cell phones to do so.
However, as social media grows and a proliferation of influencers becomes more normal, this has caused some to question whether being recorded and sharing information is healthy for our mental state.
The validation that we get from being ‘liked’ can become addictive
as medicalnewstoday.com states:
“For those who post status updates, the reinforcements keep coming in the form of supportive comments and ‘likes.’ And of course we know that behaviors that are consistently reinforced will be repeated, so it becomes hard for a person who has developed this habit to simply stop.”
The University of Bergen in Norway published a study where researchers found that people who are more anxious and socially insecure were more likely to use social networking sites.
These findings don’t bode well for vloggers’ and influencers’ mental state, who can become addicted to fame and celebrity, relying on large audience subscriptions to pay for their paycheck.
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