Facebook was first created to share stories and photos of college friends. Today it is mainly used for social interaction. On one hand it helps people stay connected throughout the world. On the other it can be detrimental to a person’s mental health. Upon posting to Facebook a person may feel more connected with the world. He or she knows that those out there are viewing what he or she has to say. Everything may seem fine from your computer or phone, but does it necessarily mean that person is stable?
Coping with with loneliness by posting to Facebook may bring negative attention to the poster as well as leaving the poster feeling alienated. In particular, I have one friend on Facebook that always shares depressive feelings. This person is inclined to posting several times a day, letting “friends” know the daily regimen. Whether it’s stating how miserable class is while hungover, or asking to be texted because of a current rough patch, I ignore the posts. As cruel as it may seem I cannot be bothered with a person that craves attention of the internet world in order to feel any sort of connection. I contemplate on just removing the person as a friend, but what message does that send to the person?
Although there are many positive aspects regarding Facebook, I feel that it may cause more issues in certain people’s minds. I’m not saying that this behavior is shown in everybody. But for those that do, I feel they need help. Is it a psychological issue? I have no idea, but I would assume so. I may have taken Psych classes in college, but I am no psychologist. I can only speak of the experiences I’ve gone through. I found that it helps to talk and be open with those that care about you. However that is a lot easier said than done. Whether the issue is your own, or seen in a friend, it is easier to put negative feelings behind and move forward as if there was never a problem.
How can people lose the urge to use Facebook as an answer to social problems? One father found the answer with his daughter.
Although it’s technically a bribe, this method may work in the favor of the father. I feel that $200 was well spent. For the five months without it, his daughter is forced to interact in different ways than over the internet. Will it work? It may; it may not. Only time will tell. But at least he is experimenting and showing an interest in his daughter’s well-being.
There are ways to utilize the internet properly and improperly. In my eyes, expressing certain emotional issues is an improper way to use Facebook. These problems need to be faced head on, with interactive help, not cyberactive. Society as a whole needs to accept and face the fact that Facebook may contribute to depressive thoughts. For now, it may only be for some, but it could get worse as time goes on.