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#ItsGettingTooHardTo is a hashtag that began trending in August 2019 due to recent mass shootings in Dayton, Ohio and El Paso, Texas. The hashtag, which was intended by @HashtagRoundup to be a light-hearted social game, quickly became used by Twitter users voicing their frustration over the current political climate.
On August 5th, 2019, @HashtagRoundup announced that the hashtag #ItsGettingTooHardTo would be the weekly hashtag challenge (shown below). The tweet gained 78 likes in a day. The Twitter account typically creates light-hearted hashtags for Twitter users to incorporate into their tweets.
On August 5th, 2019, Twitter users began using the hashtag in a light-hearted way. Twitter user @alekstimrots tweet a picture of their dog saying, "#ItsGettingTooHardTo to come to twitter and not be depressed by the current state of the world so here’s Nikki’s first puppaccino two years ago" (show below, left). The tweet garnered over 6,700 likes and 600 retweets in a day. That same day, @TeamSymbiote used the hashtag to post a comedic image calling giraffes "the great conspiracy of our time" (shown below, right).
On August 5th, the hashtag quickly became used to comment on the USA's gun safety policies. Many Twitter users gathered thousands of likes with short tweets about the news and feeling safe (shown below). Twitter users @IamDHop, @Just_Jenn22  and @DRock82_ gained over 2,500, 4,100, and 7,100 likes in a day, respectively for their short statements. The hashtag became trending that day and was noted by eBaum's World as a hashtag that "is helping people express their fear and frustration" over recent mass shootings in the United States.
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