Technology And Mental Health

Since May is Mental Health Awareness Month I thought I would spend this week sharing different types of posts that are about mental health awareness. For more posts on mental health click here.

I just want to start out by saying that I know technology has a lot of cons but the things I talk about in this post are just my thoughts on technology and how it effects my anxiety and mental health in general.

For the longest time I’ve been hearing people talk about technology, the internet, social media and how this is effecting the youth or people in general negatively and I agree. The internet and social media can be detremental to a lot of peoples mental health and lead to eating disorders and other mental health problems.

However, for me it feels like the internet and social media really help with my anxiety. If you have anxiety or know anything about anxiety and mental health issues you know that they are not under anyone’s control and you can’t just turn it off. Anxiety just shows up randomly like that annoying family member that never calls ahead (we’ve all got one).

Whenever I do get anxious however, I’ve realised that it really helps to browse through social media and distract myself for a while. It also really helps to look through WordPress and read all the amazing posts you guys put out. I know a lot of people are like you’re generation is always on the phone it’s so disrespectful (which it can be depending on the circumstances) but I just hope that you guys realise that sometimes we aren’t on our phone/laptop because we want to be or because we’re addicted or whatever but because it helps us get through stuff. I hope the next time you see someone on their phone you can try to be a bit more lenient and think about how this person might be panicking about something and is trying to calm themselves down.

Not everything to do with the internet and social media is a bad thing. For me it gives a shy, awkward kid who sucks at real life conversations an outlet to express themselves. It also gives me a break from anxiety and helps me calm down.

Sorry if this sounded like kind of a rant but I had been meaning to write this post for quite a while and I hope it sheds some light into the pros of technology for people with anxiety and other mental health problems.

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89 thoughts on “Technology And Mental Health

  1. Thank you for sharing! I agree with you, technology can be very beneficial. Although I think it may have more to do with the content than the medium. A post about positivity or an encouraging comment could have been found in a book or IRL respectively last decade, but today we have the convenience of accessing them on our phones — which in this case brings people together and promotes well being at a faster rate. I like that you’re focusing on the positive side of social media. Great post! 😄

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  2. I know that if I am feeling down the one ting that makes me worse is scrolling through social media. It makes you feel worthless and extremely self critical. I know if i am feeling down to kind of avoid it and to get outside! Great post x

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  3. Yup, not everything to do with internet and social media is bad. We can’t live without internet. Without social media we can. Technology is life .., depends how we use it.
    Am glad it helps shy people like you Pooja ( though difficult to believe that you are shy ☺️) … love and hugs 🤗

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  4. Is it really our generation (millennials)? When I lived in the U.S. all my older relatives (40-60s) were always on their phones too. …
    Thanks for sharing your perspective, though. I have to stay off the phone/Facebook to avoid anxiety, but I like to know other people’s experiences.

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    1. Haha yeah my older relatives are usually on their phones too but it feels like millennials get the most crap for it.
      Thanks I think social media works differently with different people.

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  5. Thank you for sharing your experience and being willing to share about anxiety. I have clinical depression and anxiety as a result of chronic illness, so I appreciate when others are willing to share because it helps to reduce the stigma.

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  6. I absolutely agree! It can help with my anxiety. It helps a great deal with my compulsive skin picking. It keeps my hands occupied. When I’m on my laptop or phone I spend a lot less time being idle (duh haha). Point being, when my hands are idle my subconscious takes over and I will immediately start scanning my skin and picking (even without my knowledge at first). I still pick, naturally. But I can certainly say it helps and that it has taught me to be more understanding when I see people on their phone all the time.

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  7. Doesn’t sound like a rant at all. There are a lot of pro’s of social media. For me, being off of it (except for things like this) has worked out better. I went back and forth back in 2016 when I was off Facebook for about 4-5 months. I eventually got back on to be a part of a fitness group, which provided a lot of PRO’s for me. I had zero friends and that was the only reason why I was on it. But in the process of time, I began to add friends back and eventually got back to some bad habits. It’s been a month now and my account is officially closed. Two months without Instagram. People need to figure out what works well, and een try a few days or 30 days without it to get a good read of more of the pro’s and/or more of the cons.

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    1. I’m glad you agree and like you said I think it depends on what works for you and figuring out the right balance for yourself because social media and sites like WordPress can be very beneficial but also do a lot of harm depending on how you use them and what you use them for.

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  8. I am 60 and still I do understand the need for solace and comfort; but even as one who is moderately involved on the internet, I can assure you that distractions are only that. Eventually it will take often difficult and concerted effort to really work through a troubling time. Sometimes quiet is what is needed most, or a connection with someone real who might just be able to help. All my best to you. If we ever met, I hope we could talk without any distractions. 🙂

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