Social Media Anxiety

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Social Media Anxiety and How To Manage It

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This is the first in a series I’m writing about social media. Over recent years, and especially since the pandemic social media has become more prevalent in our lives.

Benefits of Social Media

There are fantastic sides to social media like the ability to keep in touch with family and friends who live further away and aren’t easy to see face to face. There’s a guide available online to do anything you can possibly want or imagine, just search for a relevant video on YouTube. There are millions of online courses and trainings to improve oneself and one’s career and there is so much inspiration available like how to establish a morning routine for success, which paint effect to use on your latest preloved piece of furniture, and how to dance like Hugh Jackman and his wife.

Concerns about Social Media

But there is the shadow side of social media too. Many of us are simultaneously concerned about social media and the negative effect it can have on us.

As a parent, there is the challenging conundrum of wanting your child to be accepted by their peers and be able to arrange their own social life whilst also being concerned about the dangers of who they may be communicating with online. Who exactly are they playing Minecraft with?

As a singleton there is dating app overload and the constant conflict of wanting someone to date and maybe even finding a partner but knowing that there are many hurdles to pass in the ever-exhausting round of dating apps whilst navigating ghosting and phishing challenges to name a few.

And for all of us, there is a constant overload of information and the numerous distractions that social media brings.

Social Media Anxiety Syndrome

There isn’t currently an official diagnosis for Social Media Anxiety Syndrome or Social Media Disorder, but it wouldn’t surprise me if one appears in the next DSM (the American Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) and the NICE guidelines (the lesser-known Uk NHS equivalent) sooner rather than later. The research being done in this area, however, will take time to be published.

Social Media Anxiety covers many aspects including revenge porn, incels, and cyberbullying. These issues are in the news most days but may not touch all of us. But an increase in isolation, anxiety, and depression, and feelings of inadequacy have probably affected all of us who use social media in one way or another at some point. 

Is Social Media Affecting You?

If you would like to find out more about how social media may be affecting, you there are 9 questions to answer in a simple questionnaire here.

I’ll be exploring these topics and their effect on us over the coming months in future blog posts. I have also previously written a post on FOMO which you may find helpful.

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