Working On Us – Week 10 – Social Media Affects

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Working On Us – Week 10 – Social Media Affects

Beckie’s Mental Mess Weekly Prompt

Guidelines

Write your own post and create a pingback to the original post here.

There are no right or wrong answers.  Write in any format you see fit.  (Answer’s, fiction, non-fiction, poetry, poem, short prose…anything).

You can do one or all prompts.

You have from July 31st. through to August 6th. to submit your entries.

Please reblog the original post in order to spread more awareness.

( If you the blogger have a suggestion/question you want to ask in the future weeks, please submit them in the comment section of this post).

Let’s see if we can get some men involved in this week’s prompts, your viewpoint/feelings are validated here too!

Plus, as an added bonus, whoever responds to the following prompts will automatically be reblogged to promote your blog site!

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Prompt #1 Questions:

 (If certain questions do not apply, just write n/a).

Does social media affect your overall mental health?  If so, please describe how it does affect you?

These days not at all, however it really does depend upon the platform itself, and how l choose to manage it as well as how my emotions manage it. WordPress is a very easy to manage and control emotional platform, l am in control 100% of my own style. I make my blog what l wish and desire it to be. I specifically tailor it to meet the demands of my style and my audience/readership style. My readers define many of the actions l take.  Fine, l write for myself, but l will not deny that my readership’s input allows me to further define how l present my blog to them. Afterall, they are the ones that will make or break it.

I don’t use many platforms for ‘social media’ either ; l do have a Facebook, it is a very private affair, l have had that now since 2009 and in the ten years it has been operational l still have less than 50 people in there. But that is my personal space. But l don’t really like FB, and l never really have, but at least it is controllable.  I will shortly be creating an FB to support my blog, which will require very specific management to ensure it does not affect my mental health and ‘overwhelm me’ which leads to stress very fast indeed.

I ran a Twitter account from 2015 – 2017 and had somewhere in the region of 6000 followers. That caused nothing but stress!!!!!!! In the first week l opened it, it was so damned fast as an application, that l nearly deleted my account and was on the verge of a breadown!  But in order to run that [it was for my Classic Eggshell Moments business] l had to emotionally detach from it.

So in answer to the question – social media can and could and did affect my MH until l started to manage it more effectively.

How does it make you feel when you see family/friends posting pictures of them living their life happily?

N/A

Do the following people make you feel inadequate in any way due to your mental health?  

Nope not in the slightest, l tend to detach from most of what is going on anyway – plus with FB, l am in there mostly for the internal chat system and looking at my memories to make up my Random Quote series.

What has been your overall experience with social media?  And, what sites do you follow?

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Well personally, l am extremely ‘Meh’ with it, is that the right term? Mm, let me Google ‘Meh’ Yes Meh was correct, it’s very much a case of droll, drab, boring and whatever! FB is the only one l have active now. I shut down Twitter in 2017 through boredom.

Have you considered not being on social media?  

Yes of course many a time, but now all l do is detach and just laugh – l hardly pay any attention to the goings on, BUT with less than 50 followers in FB, it’s not like there is ever much going on and also not reading it like l do WP day in day out, l probably wouldn’t know – and even if l did, if it doesn’t affect me personally, what’s it to do with me?

If you have quit social media sites, has it improved your mental health and stability?

Well l quit Twitter within the first week and my MH improved immensely, but l didn’t think about WP in 2015, and only thought Twitter was the way forwards with the business. When l quit l have to be honest and say YES, l did notice l had more mental stability – it is just so, so, so very stressful being in Twitter!

Has social media ever triggered you in a negative way?  Explain how?

Twitter! First week, that first week l walked away [l returned the following week and was then on it for two years] but that first week, l wanted to dangle my neck from a bloody noose, it was THAT Stressful!!

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Prompt #2 

We are all familiar with “Selfies”  Describe for us, what is the first thing you think of when you see your family/friends keep sending and/or posting selfies?

NA – but with Selfies, l reeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeally don’t get it!

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I mean using this image …. l find myself asking … whyyyyyyyyyyyyy? I must be a complete trogladyte, but l honestly don’t see what all the fuss is with regards selfies??

16 thoughts on “Working On Us – Week 10 – Social Media Affects

  1. Hey there, Rory! I love your response. Looking up “Meh” I love it! I myself have never had a Twitter account based on the mere fact, I would probably have the same reaction. sensory overload.
    I still have my FB & Instagram account open, but rarely use it. I couldn’t even tell you how many followers because I simply don’t know, that’s how much I pay attention to it. LOL!
    Selfies… That is a whole other story. I agree with you!!! I think my ex-fiance’s daughter wore me out with all her selfies, plus add that to some of my friends that feel the need to take a picture of everything they digest… Enough, already! LOL!
    It’s funny for me to read that other bloggers feel the same way about WP being a social media outlet, I never once thought of it as such. Granted, we all socialize here, but I find it to be like y own little playground of sorts. Where I can be just me. Feelings, inspiration, imagination, the whole creative process is a comfort. I also find it a comfort to follow other bloggers that create. Like you said, it’s our own space. We write for ourselves. On FB you’re not going to get that.
    Thank you so very much for participating on Week #10 of “Working on Us” It’s such a pleasure to have you here!!!!
    💚😊

    1. My pleasure once again Beckie, many thanks for creating the series, it makes you think and the one thing l really like to do is have content to think on 🙂

  2. Selfies are for people stuck in their teens, when one is generally obsessed with their appearance.
    “Look at me! Look at me! Tell me how cute I am!” …pfft…Fuhgeddaboudit!

    1. Ha ha, yes l agree, and yet we still see so many oldies doing it as well, in fact l sometimes think oldies are guiltier than youngies – but as you say ‘stuck’ in their teens 🙂

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