don’t gang up on me over this but like it’s weird as fuck that there are minors (some as young as 14 or so?) who are part of age regression communities. you’re still kids, you still have time to enjoy your childhood and your teen years. not only that, but you can enjoy childhood things, relive your early childhood, and live your childhood dreams/wishes without regressing. you don’t have to enter a mental state where you feel younger in order to enjoy things like macaroni n cheese, coloring books, plushies, or wearing cutesy clothes. it’s OKAY to not be ready to grow up yet, especially if you’re a teen girl (because it seems to disproportionately be teen girls).
i feel like people are very quick to label regression as a Healthy Coping Mechanism but it’s just a coping mechanism. there are healthy and unhealthy ways to do it, and you can get “hooked” to the care and comfort you require while being regressed. in my honest opinion, as someone who has had experience with regression, it’s not something you should be engaging in on the regular without a therapist involved in some way.
however, a lot of my discomfort with tumblr regression communities and minors being involved with them is the fact that regression communities are often run by adults. now, i’m not accusing people of being sketchy or having ulterior motives, but it does rub me the wrong way to see adults give minors “regression activities” and run regression networks as like “group caregivers” or whatever. it’s just weird to me, especially when said adults ask to be treated like actual children when there are actual children present (and subsequently getting the actual children to defend them as if they were all the same age). there’s something unsavory about that.
Not only that, but the aesthetic of age regression seems to be homogenized, much the way “littlespace” things are. as a former age regressor, i did have a blog where i put things that were safe for me to view when i was in that state of mind. HOWEVER i can tell you that my comfort things are very different from tumblr regression content as a whole. regression is.. personal. YOUR thing. it’s not just looking at drawings of disney princesses with too-wide eyes and sucking on a pacifier, you know? i guess i’m being incredulous because i was never really a girly-girl or anything and it’s hard to think that i was the only tomboy on this fucking website.
i stopped participating in regression because i outgrew it as a coping mechanism. it is no longer helpful to me and outgrowing a coping mechanism leads you to inspect it and take a critical eye to yourself, those who participate in it, and those who may be pressured to participate in it. i’m not saying it’s unhelpful for everyone because clearly a lot of people find it helpful, but just always be aware of what you’re doing and who you’re surrounding yourself with. nothing is infallible and tumblr is not a safe website to be on when you’re in that state of mind.