Social Media Addiction And Warped Reality
Social media addiction and warped reality are at an all time high, worldwide. We certainly are living in the age of technology not only socially but also for business purposes in which social media rules big time. Although it’s been around a long time, it seems to feel as though its power crept into our lives fairly rapidly. New social media platforms are constantly being created, popping up like weeds. Of course it all happened bit by bit but perhaps we weren’t paying attention or unaware of what a huge part it was playing in so many of our lives, especially our kids. Whether it be Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Twitter, LinkedIn, Snap-chat, Tumbler, Pinterest etc… so many of us are scarily dependent on this form of communication/interaction of being kept up-to-date with what’s going on in the world and our own back yards. We seem to have an insatiable appetite and desire to know the details of strangers’ lives. Often those hooked on social media are swept into and are fully immersed in (as if by fantasy) living somebody else’s life more than they’re actually living their own. It’s a MASSIVE time thief and can quickly rage out of control.
Social media is both a blessing and a curse. As in most things in life there are the pros and the cons. It takes an extraordinarily confident and centered person to not find themselves comparing out with others. Seemingly perfect people with perfect bodies and perfect bank accounts frolicking around on tropical beaches or on exotic safari trips. Easy to make assumptions and become jealous and feel inferior. There’s always a reality though behind these posts. Perhaps that was the first vacation they’d had in years. Perhaps they said the hell with it, quit their job, cashed in their 401K and set off to explore the world leaving all caution to the wind. We really never know the truth or facts behind a picture or story. Much of what we look at is an illusion of what their life is actually about. I mean really, how many of us are going to post the worst photographs of ourselves?!! It may have taken many, many tries to get a photo we even remotely thought worthy of posting! Sadly it’s not uncommon for people to take huge risks to capture the perfect selfie and plunge to their deaths in doing so. The quest for the ultimate, the better, the best. So much is fantasy, illusion and distorted truth. To a large extent social media is a warped reality.
Social media can wreak havoc and untold damage in our youngsters. For so many of them it is their number one line of communication and when faced with a social situation in ‘non online’ life they often feel awkward and ‘less than.’ It creates a disconnect. Smoke and mirrors. It almost seems as though the moment something is thought, said, felt or done it’s whizzing and racing as information through the airwaves. No time to truly think it through, take it back. It’s out there now and seemingly belongs to everybody.
As so many of us have heard countless times the tragic stories of bullying that can take place on social media resulting in teen suicide, heartbreak and tragedy. It seems that way too many have lost the art or never really learned healthy forms of communication. Often social media has become ‘instead of’ as opposed to ‘as well as.’ It can become a mouthpiece often with little or no compassion.
Addiction, habit, dependence or whatever we want to call it, it’s an epidemic. For so many the overuse of social media causes depression, extreme anxiety, feelings of inferiority and jealousy. It’s not just our youngsters and teens. I have many adult clients who have fallen prey to the negative power and clutches of social media. There have been countless studies that show that it also negatively impacts our physical health severely. Less exercise, less fresh air, headaches, eye problems, neck and shoulder strain and even weight gain. That is just a very brief list.
Social media is here to stay so seek moderation if you and your kids can. If not, the fastest way I know to break an addiction, dependence or negative habit is through Hypnosis and NLP. Gentle, relaxing, powerful as we communicate with the unconscious mind to make the shifts and changes necessary to break free. Regain confidence, calm anxieties, insecurities and fears to get back in touch with who you really are and to stop comparing out. Learning or re-learning how to be and feel comfortable and natural in social situations. Releasing the negative charge of not feeling you’re enough or measuring up to what is for the most part an illusion. Be you with grace, confidence and gratitude. Social media addiction and warped reality doesn’t have to define anyone, it can be overcome.
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For excellent further reading. https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/in-excess/201805/addicted-social-media
To Your Success.
Be confident and stay humble.
Vanessa Lindgren, Cht
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