Post # 1
How many Bees have we, collectively, tried to convince to get off of social media right after a painful breakup or worse, months after a breakup? They usually don’t listen and end up feeling even more hurt and depressed.
Now we have ammo supporting our position that social media is the wrong place to be if you’re suffering from depression.
Post # 2
Social Media tends to portray only the good parts of our lives and if someone is struggling with depression, they are seeing a false narrative of others.
I know it sounds ridiculous, but I will not “be in a relationship” with my fiancé on Facebook. When I got divorced, having to change that status and my last name made me so vulnerable to an audience of mainly acquaintances.
There are many great things about SM, but it also makes break ups that much harder.
Post # 3
Studies have been saying this for years. It’s nothing new. People get unrealistic ideas about what everyone else’s lives look like and then feel crappy about their own and of course it’s worse if your depressed.
Social media has its place and its fun for a lot of people but if you are becoming obsessed, feeling depressed, using it to stalk an ex just get off it.
Post # 4
This is why I can’t get down with social media. Not only are you opening yourself up to those annoying ass people who didn’t give you the time of day in high school but want to be BFF’s now that they’re “adults” and old boyfriend’s who just broke up with their most recent and want to take out a blast from the past to prove that they’ve still got it but everyone tries to make themselves look so glamorous on social media; with their snap chat filters, photoshopped selfies and strategically posting only the good things that happen to them and their spouse.
Everyone is so busy just trying to keep up with each other that there’s no way that can be healthy. I’ve also found that people who “do Facebook” or Instagram or Twitter or whatever spend over half of their day on that shit. How can you enjoy your date night or your vacation or your life period if you’re chronicling everything from what you’re eating right this moment to the most amazing gift your hubby spent two months pay on and the reason you’re currently behind on your light bill trying to keep up appearances for other people?
Get a life. No one cares what you’re doing but you.
Post # 5
Actually, the article discusses the impact of other people throwing negativity at you when you are already depressed. The research looks like it could be significant. That goes well beyond just being envious of someone else’s imaginary life.
What happens to kids growing up on SM? Do they somehow manage to learn to separate reality from fantasy? If so, how?