How Facebook Can Influence Your Depression
Now a days, it appears as if more and more of us are glued to our devices- checking email, reading news, checking out how fabulously everyone else is doing in their perfect life as portrayed on Facebook.
Did you hear about the latest studies? We have the tendency to be more depressed and discontent about our own lives when we spend a lot of time on Facebook. Not only are we spending that time away from communicating and connecting with our own loved ones, we are spending time seeing a well constructed portrait of how awesome and exciting everyone else’s life is.
People generally post things related to highlights such as weddings, amazing travel, and romantic relationships. You don’t see many posts regarding scrubbing the toilet, being overdue on a bill, losing your patience with cranky kids, finding out about a partner’s infidelity, being snubbed off the latest promotion, having an awful rash, or having a panic attack at Target…
So, you read all these fabulous posts and compare them your own life…well, most people don’t’ have romantic relationships that are perfect at all times, children aren’t perfect at all times and neither are we.
Go easy on yourself. Don’t compare or judge yourself. Remind yourself that the perfect lives portrayed on Facebook are simply a snapshot in time. On Facebook you don’t get to hear about the stresses, anxieties, yet we all have them.
Ingela Edwards, MS, LPC, NCC, SRT, CCPS specializes in helping individuals and couples heal from sex addiction, infidelity, intimacy anorexia, and intimacy deprivation. Ingela Edwards Counseling serves the McKinney, Plano, Allen, Frisco, Carrollton, Lewisville, Dallas and Sherman area.
Ingela Edwards, LPC, NCC, SRT, CCPS is an individual and marriage therapist