I read an article the other day, and there have been several derivatives on it now, that says that too much social media is increasing depression and mental health in teens. I wonder what it is doing to the rest of us.
I’ve become addicted to facebook. I constantly have to check it, even if it’s the same posts over and over. Why do I do this? Maybe I’m addicted to input, I need new info at all times. That’s fine, but taking in info without time to process it away from the computer is not.
I want to break away so bad, or at least cut back. So that’s my thanksgiving resolution (no need to wait till New Year’s).
I tried this in august after the car accident. I told my friends that I was cutting back, and wouldn’t be chatting as much. I needed to look after my health. And the other day, when I came back and contacted someone, I got a guilt trip for it. Suddenly I’m not allowed to take a break. People demand to hear from me. And I’m not that important.
So maybe I need to cut all the way back. For my health. For my productivity. Or maybe I’m just tired of the bullshit. I’m tired of feeling like shit, and if social media is doing it, it has to go.
I recommend just severing the tie completely. I broke up with Facebook a year and a half ago and never looked back. Numerous studies are showing how detrimental social media has become to mental health for everyone, not just teenagers. I’m not usually one to pimp my pieces when commenting, but I wrote about everything you just said, including a friend’s overblown reaction to me cutting the proverbial cord. I think you might dig it. https://sleepingonthediagonal.com/2016/05/05/the-easiest-breakup/
Normally I would agree with going cold turkey, but I run a couple of writing groups on FB, and I do a lot of promotion for my books there.
I’ll take a look at your post. Thank you for taking the time to respond.
I get it. It’s almost impossible to have any kind of business or promotions these days without engaging social media platforms.
Very true. It’s like walking along the edge of a pit, with the hope of treasure on the other side.