It’s already week 10 of Beckie’s (from Beckie’s Mental Mess) Working On Us writing prompts! If you wanna join in, go check out Beckie’s (she’s awesome!) page!
Does social media affect your overall mental health? If so, please describe how it affects you?
For the most part, social media doesn’t bother my mental health. I don’t take it too seriously.
How does it make you feel when you see family/friends posting pictures of them living their life happily?
I feel happy for them! I don’t feel any negative feelings towards them, though sometimes I’m a bit jealous. But I remind myself, just like me, they mostly only post the good parts of their lives or how they want their lives perceived by others.
Do the following people make you feel inadequate in any way due to your mental health?
A few have made me feel inadequate for several reasons, mental health only being a small issue on a large list of issues.
What has been your overall experience with social media? And, what sites do you follow?
When I was in high school and early 20s, I would overshare, particularly my depressed episodes or my suicidal thoughts. Or my anger towards certain people. Yes, I’m that person!
I also used it to “cyber stalk” shitty old boyfriends I had, during when I was dating them. Because most of my exes were legit cheaters, it wasn’t paranoia. That always ended with me upset.
After I first got sober from meth, I felt the need to be on Facebook all the time because I felt I was missing out on something or to distract myself from the world.
Now, I mostly post inspirational quotes (to cheer up my damn self, haha) or funny memes. Oh, and play Quiz Planet.
I use to have a Myspace and Vampire Freaks (heck, yes) in high school. Yes, I’m that old! I have a Facebook, a Twitter for my blog (I only share things, I’m rarely actually on the website), and Linkedin for professional reasons. Oh, and WordPress too, if that counts!
Have you considered not being on social media?
Yes, several times. Like two years ago I temporarily deleted my Facebook for about six months. If it wasn’t for the fact that I don’t have a phone & Facebook is my only form of communication with friends, I would delete it again.
Now, I don’t get on Facebook every day. I’ll go a week with checking every day to talk to a good friend or post a few memes. Then, I won’t get on for weeks at a time.
If it wasn’t for my writing business and blog, I wouldn’t have Twitter or Linkedin. I just got both accounts 2 years ago, when I started this blog.
If you have quit social media sites, has it improved your mental health and stability?
Life was more peaceful because I didn’t have to read ignorant comments or annoying opinions of some people when it comes to Trump & politics.
Has social media ever triggered you in a negative way? Explain how?
As in my PTSD, no. It’s given me anxiety attacks a few times when people have posted vague hateful statuses about an unnamed individual that I felt was me. Some weren’t, some definitely were.
Mostly, it makes me super angry. Again, that has to do with politics & hurtful individuals.