2 thoughts on “We Are More Sensitive (To Facebook) Than We Think – Especially When We Are Depressed

  • October 21, 2018 at 3:44 pm

    I’ve found that reconnecting with people – especially off the internet – is really important if I am feeling depressed. Facebook seems to lead me into negative thinking by ramping up my awareness of political controversies, and by everyone showing off their best sides for the public with their successes, new homes, children, weddings, vacations, etc.
    In case people need help and support in getting off of social media, there is a support group they might want to know about. Internet and Technology Addicts Anonymous is a 12 step group where people talk about their struggles setting limits with technology, and learning how to use it in healthy ways. It’s not like alcohol where you can just stop drinking, but more like a compulsive overeater who has to find out what foods are trigger foods that lead to binge eating. ITAA members can call into telephone support meetings daily, and often keep in touch in between meetings. There aren’t many face to face meetings though since it is a fairly new fellowship. You can find out how to call in to meetings at https://internetandtechaa.wordpress.com

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    • October 21, 2018 at 6:36 pm

      Thanks for sharing this support group.

      Yes, its true in vivo connection is so important for general happiness and especially overcoming depression.

      And many people find themselves negatively affected by Facebook when exposed to peoples’ manufactured profiles and postS that present things as unrealistically positive.

      Thanks again for sharing the wonderful resource!

      Warmly,

      Claire Nana LMFT

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