Lately, and understandably, the wellness world has been under scrutiny for being largely inaccessible to those who need it most. Until recently, it was the perfect example of a bubble: represented by one predominant race, gender, body type, and socioeconomic status.
In addition to our propensity to surround ourselves with people who look, think, work, and play like us, here are several forces working against us in wellness and elsewhere, and they’ll “win” without conscious and deliberate action from us. If we rely on services to aggregate our news, for example, we’re imposed upon by the biases of the curators. By participating in social media and following accounts we like (or are like us), we’re creating the ultimate bubble, the bubble that’s defining these times. And it has a ripple effect: Where there is social media, or social-media-informed in-person events, there is ripe real estate for advertisers giving them arguably more sway than ever before. That’s not to say that advertisements are inherently bad, but they do perpetuate the bubble effect.