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Does staying away from social media improve your self-steem?

LukaRedgrave

On Satur(n)days we used to sleep
#1
I have a love-hate relationship with social media, mostly FB and its unfair politics and methods, and i've considered many times the idea of quitting. The "problem" is that by doing so, i might lost contact with the few people i often talk to. I also run a couple of FB pages and i get to interact with a few people who like my content, so that kind of makes me feel "useful" or "good", idk...
Looking for opinions i found some videos and articles about how social media can be a factor to depression, anxiety and overall low self-steem, cause usually we're looking for "acceptance", likes, and also we see other people posting about their "succesful" lives, goals and relationships (wheter that's true or not) and unconsciouslly we compare our own situation with theirs, and we feel like we're failing, empty, not good enough or simply falling behind compared to the people we follow.
Not sure as to what extent this applies to myself, i rarely see my friends posting their achievements or personal life, but i have no doubt a lot of people actually go throught stress and frustation by seeing others posting whatever they bought or where they traveled to... do you guys think social media has become counterproductive for our lives and mental health?
 

johnDoen

Well-Known Member
#2
Social media, in my cat opinion, is not something completely counterproductive, nor completely productive in the same manner. It is a tool that should be optimized for your best experience. Keep looking up for contents that makes you genuinely feel joyful and comfortable, or something supportive such as a picture with a large, bold text, saying "You are enough".

Then, there is a journey to find peace in yourself and to learn to accept who you are. It is something that must be done to battle all the unconscious comparisons in our head. I am doing one myself, by being a cat in this forum.
 

MisterBGone

o O Oo oO oOo O ooo..!;)~
SF Supporter
#3
Hey there! :)
A little while ago - I can't exactly remember how long (maybe 3, 4, 5 months?) there was a similar thread focused on the exact same, or very similar topic. Because I am such an infantile, or neophyte when it comes to the use of this site. . . . I can never figure out quite how to use the "search," function properly up at the top right of your screen there! ;) but if you can find it, there's a good cross-section of responses & analyses; if I'm recalling correctly - & I even at one time, knew of a couple of researchers who'd studied this in depth, or somewhat great detail... But anyway, suffice it to say--whatever I could possibly come up with here & now, would likely pale in comparison to what was said back then!! :)
Hope that helps..;)
 
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Angie

Fiber Artist
Safety & Support
SF Supporter
#5
I have found FB to be hurtful and helpful at the same time.

Hurtful most recently for Thanksgiving, my friends were all posting their Thanksgiving dinners and how they were celebrating (many just had their immediate household due to the damn virus). This hurt cuz I had dinner in a styrofoam box (I've moaned about this already). I just don't have family anymore and the holidays drive that point home in my heart.

Helpful in that I enjoy the pages I subscribe to about crochet, knitting, the Queen (don't judge me lol), Texas (love my home state!), and a few other interests.

So I took off a FB few days after Thanksgiving and will probably take off right before during and after Christmas.

No one there will miss me.
 

johnDoen

Well-Known Member
#6
I have found FB to be hurtful and helpful at the same time.

Hurtful most recently for Thanksgiving, my friends were all posting their Thanksgiving dinners and how they were celebrating (many just had their immediate household due to the damn virus). This hurt cuz I had dinner in a styrofoam box (I've moaned about this already). I just don't have family anymore and the holidays drive that point home in my heart.

Helpful in that I enjoy the pages I subscribe to about crochet, knitting, the Queen (don't judge me lol), Texas (love my home state!), and a few other interests.

So I took off a FB few days after Thanksgiving and will probably take off right before during and after Christmas.

No one there will miss me.
There will be a day when someone makes a Facebook page dedicated to the Knitting and Crocheting Queen of Texas. Maybe I should be one. But then, how do you knit with paws and move to Texas?
 

MosesY

Functioning Alcoholic
SF Supporter
#8
Social media can be a downer if you let it. I have gone through a lot of therapy and I know I am an amazing person. I am a bald fat 53 year old man but I can hand cut dovetail joints in wood like you wouldn't believe. I have uploaded some videos to YouTube on my lantern and woodworking stuff and gotten good responses. Some of the videos have been viewed 1000 times. I don't measure myself by other people; I measure myself by who I am and always trying to improve myself. I think it is very important to find something you like in life and focus on that; it is the only way to be happy.
 

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