“Is social media bad for you?” and “Here are (#) signs that social media is having a negative impact on your mental health” – These are just 2 of the many negative titles regarding social media and mental health.
Is it really that difficult to wonder why it has a negative impact on us with titles like those?
The devil may sit on one shoulder but let’s not forget the angel sitting on the other!
So, instead, I will be talking about my positive experience with social media, how much of a difference it has made to my mental health and ways for you to implement positivity into social media.
Throughout my adolescent years, I did have several bad experiences with trolls, threats and bullying on Facebook which led me to feeling suicidal and severely depressed. Unfortunately, I am sure we all have experienced this at least once.
When I left school, this was a game changer – I wasn’t being bullied anymore. It was like a button had switched off and everybody just stopped one day. However, I was being stalked, not just on social media but at my workplace too. Thankfully, my work colleagues were very supportive and stayed close to me when this person entered the store. Eventually, the stalker got bored – That has been my only bad experience since leaving school.
It goes hand in hand that as we get older, we learn about how social media can have an impact on our mental health.
Since I began my blog, back in October 2018, and became more involved with social media platforms, I can honestly say that that social media has had a massive positive impact, not just my mental health but my self-esteem and motivation too.
All my life, I never liked myself, I didn’t really know who I was. Through writing, I was able to find parts of me, strengths and qualities that I never thought I had. I started to feel comfortable with who I was and still am – a strong motivational fighter.
I always receive positive feedback about my writing and to do this day, I still find it a bit hard to believe as when I was at school, I always struggle with writing stories – the ending would always be the same.
Only one teacher ever said this to me and it has stuck with me since. In a way, I’m glad it has as it motivates me to keep writing and prove them wrong.
I had always been an introvert, always afraid to speak up. Social media has become one of my best friends because I am surrounded by so many supportive and amazing people. I have stayed true to myself and never looked back, never tried to be someone to ‘fit in’ or someone who I didn’t want to become.
It turns out, that’s what people actually like, honesty – not fake. They like me and I am starting to like who I am too. In the social media world, there is no news like bad news – as the saying goes.
We are in 2019 and it’s about time to spread more positivity in the world. No more bad! We all are aware of the horrible events that take place around d the world but instead of reminding us that it’s bad, why don’t we act upon them. We can make a difference just by taking steps to creating more good in the world. Here are a few ways social media can change:
Social Media and Mental Health – The Good Side: News Coverage
Let’s think about it, how many news articles have you read, this year, which have been about bad events taking place? E.g. stabbings, suicide, terrorism, etc
I fully understand that we need to be aware but in some circumstances, do we actually know what to do to help prevent more of these happening? Personally, I don’t and instead of the news constantly reminding us about these events, they could start talking about ways to help stop these. I’m not saying that we need to become experts on these matters but just knowing the basics of what we can do to help will go a long way.
Now think about how many good articles you have read…big difference, right?
Social Media and Mental Health – The Good Side Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
These 3 social media platforms have fast become the #1 source for breaking news and spreading upsetting and distressing content. For example, I once saw an article about the next day being the most popular day to die – need I explain my point?
Just why? Why would someone share that?
Not only do we need to think before we speak but we need to think before we write and share too.
There is so much happiness to share, laughter and good times, we need more of these! Spread the love, not hate!
Social Media and Mental Health – The Good Side Be Nice
Trolls, bullies, stalkers – stop. Just stop. There is no need.
A small compliment really does go a long way. Instead of saying something which you know would make someone upset, say something to make that person smile – it really is that simple.
My aim is to spread more positivity throughout my blog, my Facebook page, Twitter and Instagram. If you would like to join me than I would love to talk with you! Together, as a team, we can make the world a more positive place to be. Like I said social media is fast becoming the #1 place for everything, we can use that to spread more happiness!
About The Author
Post written by Ami, a 24 year old from Norfolk, England. Her blog, Undercover Superhero, is about her journey to recovery – learning to walk again, life experiences and generally about anything that makes her happy! She is incredible;y excited to get to know you 🙂 Connect with her below you will not regret it!