I want to start off this blog right away by saying I am very aware of all the positives of social media and the amazing things it has provided us with, but I want to use this platform to talk about the use of social media and how it can negatively affect a person’s mental health. Not all the numbers and statistics that have been done over and over and always seem to have a different result, but through me and what I have been through and learnt.
Social media is a scary place, it’s a space where you can sit behind a screen and say whatever you want anonymously with next to no repercussions. I absolutely hate to admit it but I have not only the receiving end of online bullying but been the one saying the negative hurtful things. This is something I am ashamed to admit and will be burdened with my entire life, but I think it’s important to see both sides (though this in no way excuses what I did) I was in an incredibly dark place and I thought projecting hate would make me feel better about myself. No surprise, but this tactic did not work. The reason I am bring this up is let people know that bullies are not born, but made. Almost every single person (no not all but most) people I have talked to about this, their hate came from a similar place as mine, wanting to make others feel bad in an effort to make yourself feel better.
The best advice that I have for anyone is making others feel bad will only make you feel worse, take breaks from the internet, don’t let it consume you, and if you are getting bullied the best thing to do? Block them! It took me so long to think of this and I don’t know why, you don’t need to read that negativity and let it bring you down.
While it may not be the greatest movie ever made, I’m linking the trailer to a movie I recommend to everyone to watch that shows all these affects from multiple different angles and shows how fast it can happen is Cyberbully.
Do you have any similar stories to share? What are your thoughts on this negative side of social media, is there a way to avoid it?
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