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Well Elmo, It Turns Out We’re Not All OK

Well Elmo, It Turns Out We’re Not All OK

Elmo accidentally triggered an online existential crisis this week.

On Monday, Elmo asked an innocent question on X: “Elmo is just checking! How is everybody doing?”

As it turns out, we’re not so well! Within 24 hours, the tweet had gained 137 million views and nearly 50,000 responses, including ones from celebrities like T-Pain and Rainn Wilson, letting Elmo know that our collective mental health is struggling.

Of course, Elmo probably should have known his question would open up a sad can of worms. Studies show that 1 in 4 American adults struggle with mental illness, and that number jumps to 42% when looking at Gen Z, who are the most chronically online generation.

However, Elmo was determined to lift up everyone’s spirits with some much-needed love and empathy. He even got some help from fellow Sesame Street member Oscar the Grouch to talk about “#EmotionalWellBeing,” which is how you know things are rough out there.



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