At first glance, this blog post appears to be fluff put forth to get a chuckle or laugh from you. There is a serious side to it, though. Social media should be a subject of keen and intense interest for all financial professionals, be they out working or still at college. Opinions, thoughts, ideas can go viral in this social media world. Memes are one such channel for these opinions, thoughts and ideas.
In this blog post I exhibit a collection of memes on studying for tests. Working professionals probably remember taking their own exams. Current professors and students are now in crunch time just prior to final exams.
As defined by Merriam-Webster, a meme is “an idea, behavior, style, or usage that spreads from person to person within a culture.” In 2012, many of us think of it as an image or video passed from one social media user to another.
The study of memes is important, because memes open a window into the popular culture. Memes that spread quickly reveal what a large number of people think or believe.
I am an accounting professor, and what students think is of interest to me. I performed Google image searches on key words related to studying. Google results are structured to reveal the most clicked on images first. All images presented in this blog post are thought to be in the public domain.
Most of these memes convey what older generations have called gallows humor. Those who are about to be hanged are somehow able to find humor in their situation.
A consistent theme running through the various memes is that studying is painful.