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I logged in to Instagram for first time on weeks. It gave me a highlight reel of last year, probably the best of my life. Me in a bikini, out and enjoying life when I was engaged to now the worst year I've had in over a decade. Dunno whether to engage and post about hard times or just get rid of app again. #SocialMedia

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Leaving Twitter was one of the best things that happened to me mentally.

If your feeling unhappy and life. I suggest you leave Twitter. Twitter might have some cool
Things but oh man it's toxic. I only stayed for some people and attempted to make friends. Luckily that succeeded and I talk to them regularly elsewhere. However when I left the bird. I joined as I wanted to make friends, however it is super mentally draining. It's very political, full of things you might not want to talk about at the dinner table and parties. People always fight and not get along. People aren't the nicest too. It only gotten worse dude to a new ceo and policy changes. On the day I deleted my account. I felt great! Felt refreshed. Felt happier. If you are feeling upset about life, take a break from Twitter and if you are ready, ditch it all together. #help #Tips #MentalHealth #Media #SocialMedia #Anxiety #Happiness

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This APP Drains me,

Sometimes afther being on #TheMighty I just feel more #depressed and #sad IT's kind of like maybe when you have a cup half full and you have a person in your life who always deeply vents to you. That your cup over flows. Sometimes it just become to much. Just like #SocialMedia This APP can become to much.EM i making any sence? Has anyone ever felt like this.? Sometimes the unhelpful comments. The negative comments. ECT

#MightyTogether #Depression #Anxiety

Sometimes it feels so good just to sit by yourself, relax, and not talk to anyone.

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Misunderstandings on Social Media

I’m getting really sick of most social media realms.

One of my friends posted: “You don’t have to run far or fast to stay fit.” With a meme on the benefits of running. This woman is always trying to purport this sport as something people should do.

I stated my opinion that I feel the sport isn’t for everyone, it’s not for me because of my ACL’s (one repaired) and my arthritis. She commented with articles on how running builds strong bones and connective tissue. I said that I was glad the sport was for her, but it’s not for me. She IM’d me, all butt hurt that I attacked her on her own page. That wasn’t my intent, at all.

I apologized. People just frequently misconstrued written words. Maybe, I’m just in a lot of mental anguish for bullshit I’ve been through lately?

I don’t know. I’m tired of stepping on eggshells with people. My feelings are also valid but I know I shouldn’t comment on anything, really. Only positive and agreeing comments are accepted, even at that, it’s usually about oneself.

“Be yourself; everyone else is taken.”

With me regarding the acquaintance it’s like this joke: “I saw people jogging past my window today, and it motivated me to get up and close the blinds!”

#SocialMedia blows #PTSD #Sadness #BeYourself -but mostly I just feel #SOCIALLYAWKWARD sometimes, Maybe I should just fade away..

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Social Media: Out of Sight, Out of Mind…at the Risk of Better #MentalHealth #SocialMedia #Bipolar1Disorder #ADHD and Company

I want to say about 3-4 years ago I started to debate taking away all of my social media. Politics was becoming rough and like all of politics, we share our thoughts, which generally is a good thing. As time passed I started to see people that I have loved and cared for, for years, start to post ignorant comments. Various mental health subjects started to unearth themselves with this political dumpster fire. It made me feel as if those who I loved disregarded my emotions, those that they knew about, as they strengthened the stigma for mental health. It made me feel so sick. I was a generally social person and was getting even better at how I conduct social behavior. But this feeling inside told me it was time to delete it all. A few people thought that I was being sneaky, hiding things, when they didn’t realize it was them turning into the people I could never waste my time on if they can’t have mutual respect with me. I am always available to listen to any sides and enjoy conversation, but not this time.

I felt great for a long while. I could only see positivity. My chest felt light and I had the ability to continue my recovery.

I learned more and more as time passed. The biggest, unfortunate, discovery that I had learned was “Out of Sight, Out of Mind.” I am not perfect at keeping up with everyone’s specifics, but if it’s a holiday, I’ll text you. If I remember your birthday or a special time, I’ll text you. Again, I’m not perfect but I do what I can. However, on the other side, I receive nothing from anyone.

I wonder how much I can remember about a person in a short period of time to where I will remember that you like ___ movie, etc. A “Hey, What’s Up?” Or a “Remember when we…” Things like that make a huge difference in the world.

I know when you grow up things change. People have kids, get married, move to a new place, fancy job, all of it, and I love to see my friends happy. But without Social Media I’m invisible. I can’t believe that a device can make me become invisible. It hurts. I’ll think of a fun activity to do and realize that I don’t have anyone to do it with. I love exploring on my own, meeting people, adventuring, or just enjoying peace and quiet. But in exchange for peace and positivity by shutting down Social Media, I have become the most lonely that I have ever been.

I truly am #OutofSightOutofMind

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The lies of social media #Depression #FamilyAndFriends #Anxiety #PTSD #Hope #Relationships #SocialMedia #MentalHealth

I think social media can be a very useful way of keeping in touch with family and friends. It can also be a source of misinformation and false images. We tend to only post the positives in our lives, and that’s not necessarily bad. We wouldn’t read peoples posts if they were all negative.

We do need to be careful we don’t compare our life to “Instagramable” life of others. Mundane can be ok. No gets through life unscathed. No one is immune from pain and disappointment.

Let’s keep it real. I saw this sign on an old house today and thought it said it all.


Reflections on social media

Social media can be addicting... I want to be active and take part in it, but I don't want to lose myself to the temptations that feel built specifically for my ADHD. Is there a program that restricts social media? (I.e. only let's a person post twice a day or only lets you spend 30 minutes on it a day before it locks you out based on your settings.)

If not, then there should be. Time management is a huge issue that a lot of people struggle with, especially if you have ADHD or other mental health disorders.

I know there are apps and programs that allow you to block sites entirely, but I get lazy and tempted, especially when I'm depressed. I know I can unblock it at whim and I won't always feel like going through the hassle of turning it on and off. Maybe one of them has a timer built into it that can you can schedule for every day or week or month (interval options are important). I need to do more research, but maybe one of you good people knows and uses something they like and could save me some time?

#social #SocialMedia #MightyTogether #Addiction #boundaries


Is Chasing Dopamine Coming At The Cost Of Turning Our Medical Information Public

It baffles me that after having their children digitally kidnapped six times, some of these parents are still refusing to hide their child's face on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, etc. It's great that your kids are reaching their milestones on time but you don't need to share that stuff with all of your former classmates. The person who you sat next to in second grade yet haven't seen in 20 years doesn't even need to know your child's name. Children can't consent to having their photos and personal lives online. Questions like "What hospital were you born in?" are commonly used when people get locked out of their online accounts. What's crazier is the fact that these are the same parents who preach "stranger danger".

I understand the novelty of your child being named patient of the week at the pediatric medical center. In the 1990s they may have had a star with their picture and name placed in the waiting room but now in this day and age they may have an article dedicated to your child on their medical center's website alongside their photo. One could argue that posting that information is a violation of HIPPA, even with parental consent and their signatures. The ethical dilemma lies in the subconscious psychological tricks people fall for and the lengths people will go to in order to get a rush of dopamine; as when you are searching for a short term high, you sometimes aren't thinking of the long term consequences. Parents want to share the great news with all of their friends that their child has been healed and on the other hand a child thinks "I'm on the news," and both them and their child get a burst of dopamine when they find out their photo has 100 likes instead of, "My (child's) medical information is being posted on a public website online". The medical center also benefits from those parents sharing the updates on social media; as all their success stories are online for the eyes of the parents of potential patients. Even though it's cool in the short run, it may turn into something a child doesn't want their boss to see when they are 25.

I'm not sure about how the hospital commercials are produced but it would be a lot more ethical to have former patients (who are now adults) say, “Here's how the hospital changed my life for the better,” as opposed to sick child actors and their parents in front of the camera at their most vulnerable point in life. I understand that people are more sympathetic when they see children with machines hooked up to their bodies, but at what point does the medical center's website and the parents “go fund me” pages cross the line and turn sorrows into clickbait?

One solution I have is to create a newsletter that you will only send to your closest friends and family and then to post vague monthly updates on social media like, “AJ recovered from a cough and stuffy nose,” instead of daily updates and posts saying, “Aiden is successfully recovering from his three week hospital stay due to Covid.”

#hippa #sharenting #Privacy #MedicalRecords #ethics #Parenting #SocialMedia