It’s interestng that a ‘new’ study conducted by psychologists at the University of Pennsylvania determined that use of social media sites like (and particularly) Facebook causes …wait for it… depression. No surprise there, but I say this is ‘interesting’ only because studies like this seem to have been coming out for years making these claiims. I didn’t have to resort to another one to know first hand that social media is a big player in producing self doubt and loneliness, all I ever needed to do was get online and see it for myself.
The grasping, the vying for attention, the compulsive posting and commenting all screamed, “Look at me! Look at me!”. It doesn’t take a degree in psychology to understand what is going on and to see that people are suffering and appear more alienated each day.
In my book, Toxic Rainbows, I talk quite about the detrimental effects of social media and it’s influence on our behavior. In my opinion, it is one of the first things many of us need to overcome before we can start making improvements in our lives.
My request to you as that you THINK hard about how you use social media and figure out if it’s providing you with a sense of fulfillment and joy when you log on and/or off. Contemplating your use is only the start and I encourage you to read my book and delve deeper. You owe it to yourself.