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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  1. Mr. Ramdolfi

    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! 😄

  2. Sam Catchpole

    I love this, I love that you are talking about the positives in social media!
    So many things are focused on the bad that people forget that social media can have some real positive uses 😀

  3. Wiki

    You have to come up with your own solution for anxiety. Internet anxiety is true, slipping away from it is the only cure if it becomes too much stress.

  4. Chloe May Blogs

    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

    • PoojaG

      I had a really good experience with chatting in a group for people with anxiety. It was nice to meet people who got how it feels.

  5. ashok

    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 🤗

  6. Atra Fabula

    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.

    • PoojaG

      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.

  7. jesusluvsall

    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.

  8. JJ

    Well written Pooja. We all have to be careful about ‘too much’ and ‘too little’ of everything. Moderation is the key.

  9. DermaWarrior

    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.

  10. Brendan Birth

    Hmmm…for me at least it really depends on what sort of online materials I’m reading. A post like this (to your credit) helps a ton, but sometimes being online hurts my mental health a ton.

  11. journymnco

    My new book will be available July 4th 2019! It’s my first published work to date. Please subscribe… Thanks I touch on this topic a great deal.

  12. benjaminlee

    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.

    • PoojaG

      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.

  13. motherhen76

    Sometimes I get frustrated at our youth for being on their phones all of the time, but I see where you are coming from. Thanks for a different perspective.

  14. dweezer19

    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. 🙂

  15. Sophia Ismaa

    Completely agree. Sure, it can have you comparing yourself to people, but I haven’t experienced that… and most importantly, social media had memes. Memes definitely help us relax.

  16. Samyak Jain

    Hi, it’s really amazing how you have put your thoughts forward. The content you wrote is very well framed as per your thoughts and your view. However, here you highlighted that social media is a great way to deal with anxiety and I think, it could be correct to some extent but don’t you feel depending on social media as a means to deal with anxiety is itself an issue? Leading to frustrations and high mood swings and not able to fit in and bending ourselves into introverts? (though introvert is a personality and being one is a choice, but switching into it could have a negative impact) We start getting poked by little things which aren’t in our favor because of easy access over social media/internet and we get habitual to control the things in the way we like which on the other hand could be dealt calmly as we can’t have our both hands filled always.

    It’s just a revert of my opinion/view. Because I too have been dependent on Internet to take my mind off over things and with time I got habitual of it and got distracted over many other more valuable and important issues.

    Though your expression is appreciable. Always reading your blogs are exciting.

    • PoojaG

      Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts.

      My opinion is that being an introvert is not a choice but rather a personality trait that you are born with. Furthermore, this post talks about using technology to help with mental health issues such as anxiety which is not something that can be controlled but rather something that occurs- that’s what makes it a disorder. However, distracting yourself for a few minutes can lead to your brain calming down and would stop the hyperactivity that causes high levels of anxiety and panic attacks. It’s not good to repress your feelings or to not deal with them but social media can help calm you down till you can deal with it in a healthy way. I don’t mean social media should be used to distract yourself constantly for no reason but rather as a way to help take your mind of your mental illness for a bit. For most mental illness like anxiety there is no way of dealing with them head on because they are caused by chemical reactions in your brain- I get anxiety just sitting on my bed doing nothing and therefore there is nothing I’m not dealing with or trying to avoid. I just need to calm my brain down and social media helps me do that.

      Thanks again for your comment.

      • Samyak Jain

        A) Of course, I hear you. As I said before your view has a point but I hope you know that already people are getting so much addicted to the social media which I suppose I don’t have to give an instance of. Moreover, everyone doesn’t have the same patience, level of understanding, control I can say, over themselves just to be attracted for a few mins. And I have observed many of my friends and known being too habitual and changing their course of interaction as they get addicted to the comfort they receive over the internet because of having a complete control over. I can compare it to explain my point with – Air conditioners! In the beginnings we get so comfort and relaxed being under one but with time we get habitual of it and can’t resist anymore! We need it everywhere.
        And my view saying “Social media isn’t a healthy way to deal with your anxiety” isn’t proving that one should repress his feelings or should not deal with it. I feel already social media is leaving a great and excessive impact over us, leading not motivate us to use it as one of the escapes over our anxiety. Obviously social media is fun and I am not against of it. I too enjoy it but would not recommend to deal with the anxieties even for a few minutes as majority of times it turns to be an addiction and results a negative impact over our lives.

        B) In your comment you said: “being an introvert is not a choice but rather a personality trait that you are born with.” Ummm..I don’t think being an introvert is a personality trait you are born with but a character that one develops at a younger age because of the environment he gets groomed in.

        I feel it’s just a matter of two different opinions. I hope you keep growing and keep sharing your views like this for us to keep learning. Again, excited for your next blog. 🙂

      • PoojaG

        I agree that it can be addictive but that was not what this post talks about. It talks about how people need to stop being so judgmental about millennials on their phone because not everyone is a spoilt millennial who is constantly on my phone.
        I’m not saying everyone needs to use social media to stop their anxiety because it actually ends up giving some people more anxiety than before. I’m just saying that like me people with mental health problems may find some form of comfort and a few minutes of peace on their phone.
        As for the introversion- it’s not always about nurture it’s also about nature and as someone who has studied psychology for years now I can guarantee that nurture never plays a role alone on one’s personality https://bmcgenomics.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12864-017-4190-8

        However, this seems like a moot discussion.

        Again thanks for supporting my blog and all the best with yours 🙂

  17. Vernon

    I appreciate your informative post. That’s what life is about, people sharing their experiences and hoping it can help someone or enlighten another.
    This post most definitely opened my mind and heart.
    Thanks

  18. iamblogkitty

    Internet helps with my anxiety too except when 1. It’s the wrong time of day and 2. when I search something that makes my anxiety obsess over (an example is rabies which I’ve been scared of for YEARS.)

  19. shruti92amazing

    Such a nice post focussing on the pros of social media..I actually believed it hardly was uselful to our mental health and only degraded our brain..but after reading your post it kind of changed my views and I might say beliefs about social media..so kudos to your writing skills !!

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