how facebook affects your anxiety

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I have been reading a study that was recently done on the affects that facebook has on your mental health. I could relate to this. So i thought i would share with you all. Facebook negatively affected my sense of self. It did this because i would go on there and see all these people who had brand new 30k cars, 5 bed houses, always out having loads of fun etc, and it would make me feel like they were happier than i was or inadequate. But these people probably have all these things on finance and worry to death about paying for them. It can increase your stress levels aswel. People can post negative things about you and this will stress you out. If you have low self asteem then your going to get mega stressed when someone says something about you on facebook. If you use your phone to access facebook, you might feel a constant impulse to check for updates. This will cause you anxiety.what if your phone dies and you cant use facebook until you get home. Oh no god forbid. Lol. You may get in trouble at work for being on facebook rather than doing your work. Just think how much anxiety you will get if your boss has you in the office. I dont want to rant for too long on this but hopefully you get the idea. If you have freinds on facebook who always appear to be having more fun than you, going on holiday more than you, in a good mood more than you? All this will make you anxious because you will feel inadequate. Maybe facebook isnt a good idea if you know it is affecting you in this way. If your geting anxious about what picture to post, or what comment to write, is it realy worth it. I feel that facebook is just about puting up the best image of yourself that you can for all to see so that they like you. And its like the most important thing in the world. But it really isnt. Anyway hope to get some responses on this

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    I notice a lot of people like to post on FB how great their life is and they make sure everybody knows how many times they go out and how many holidays they are going on.

    This is a cover for unhappiness and insecurity and they feel they have to show the world how great their life is.

    A lot of young people only socialise on FB as they feel safer and have lost the confidence to socialise the old ways.

    This isolation is wrecking their self esteem and increasing mental health problems.

    The typed word is taken differently than the spoken word and causes a lot of anxiety, we must get back to face to face communication. Even in the supermarket I go to a checkout with a human being. Most supermarkets have replaced a lot of these with self checkout. Society and human interaction is being eroded and mental problems (in children as young as 5) are on the increase.

    I use FB as I am in a closed group for DCM cardiomyopathy (heart disorder) which is a forum for people with the same illness. That is the positive side of FB. I do not post that I am having a biscuit and watching Eastenders.

    Have a nice day and talk to humans, even a dog goddammit.

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    I agree! I do use facebook for a small business I have yes I also do have a page but don't post a lot in it.

    People seem to like to show off on facebook but never the bad!

    I personally do use it quite alot but do agree with you. People annoy me that are sitting in a room together but talking to eat hither via facebook ! Strange way of communicating!

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      Yes it def is. People just write what they want always good leaving others thinking if only I had that. I personally struggle sometimes with my confident due to aniexty, I look at others and think I want to look like her way can't i , etc (sounds simple lol) but it can affect you that way.
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    Hi all, I agree with many of your points... I find it is ideal to keep up with good friends that you may Not see too often, you can see posts of their children ect.. which is lovely, as many people work long days, many are alone at home and perhaps unable to leave the house, it can be a lifeline to many... I speak to four lovely people in Egypt... who put fabulous pictures of their amazing country on Facebook, every message is translated, you can see a different world and way of life, which I really enjoy... I like to send lovely SAYINGS AND WISHES to my family also... obviously you have to be careful, but it can be a great way of communicating... best wishes to you all, take care each, sincere regards to all, Deirdre xx
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    Hi Richard, Facebook as it's good and bad points. I use it as i have friends living abroad and would otherwise not be able to communicate with them, i have friends i haven't seen for years and lost touch with now on facebook. I am not able to get out much so i do like to go on facebook. I do find some people pathetic and write silly things like " i am going to bed now "  or " i am bored "  " Drinking coffee now ". Some people put photo's of their renovations step by step, i ignore them. I ignore swearing and inappropiate posts. So being choosy and only have people i know. I have local town sites and this keeps me in contact with whats going on locally. 


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    Facebook can make me feel so different from the rest. I used to post lots of status's then I realised no one cared or liked my status's.

    Now I post pictures of my dogs and the ocasional status if I feel its worth it!

    I spend a lot of my time reading other peoples lives and it can get depressing when you realise none of them are actually your friends!

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