People Are Sharing How 2017 Has Changed Them On Twitter

In the final days of 2016, a meme gained viral attention for capturing Twitter’s collective disillusionment with the state of the world. Now, the meme is back — and reminding us that while 2016 was hard, it paled (or rather, glowed) in comparison with 2017.

For many of us, 2017 felt like a Groundhog Day-esque string of unnerving news alerts, desperate attempts at self-care, and surviving an increasingly polarizing political climate. A recent study even suggested that 2017 was “substantially” worse than 2016, with a marked drop in overall well-being for adults in the U.S.

Now, the “me at the beginning vs. me at the end” format is back on the app, this time targeting a year that many can agree was The Worst™.  Most of the entries mirror 2016’s theme by juxtaposing a hopeful or cheerful image with a devastating one, but others take a more realistic approach by highlighting the transition from 2016 to 2017 as a harrowing journey from bad to worse.

Some started with a more positive image to represent them “at the beginning of 2017”:

https://twitter.com/mattwhitlockPM/status/935147250174627840

https://twitter.com/mattwhitlockPM/status/940750635800190977

Others captured how the year has hardened them.

https://twitter.com/jedimemes/status/947220624463810564

And others still could not discern between the two years, as they all swirled together into one flaming, agonizing memory.

Cheers to 2017 finally coming to a close — and to 2018 being dull and entirely unworthy of memes.

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