Èske medya sosyal ka geri depresyon?

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BèfMak Earl la Liv, Bèf, te yon li difisil pou mwen. Pa pran ki move fason. Li se yon liv etonan ke mwen te jwenn nan blog Hugh McLeod la.

Mwen di 'difisil' paske li pa yon View 10,000 pye. Twoupo (Kouman chanje konpòtman mas pa exploiter nati vre nou an) se yon liv konplèks ki byen detay yon multitude nan syans ak done vini ak site debaz li yo. Osi byen, Mak Earls se pa otè mwayèn liv biznis ou - lekti liv li fè m 'santi tankou mwen li yon liv ki nan totalman soti nan lig mwen (li vrèman se!). Si ou se yon entelektyèl ak apresye gwo twou san fon, panse fon ak kritè yo sipòte - sa a se liv ou a.

Si w ap fo li tankou m ', li nan yon liv gwo kòm byen. 🙂 Mwen ta ka mutile kèk nan kontni an rich pa ekri sou li isit la, men sa ki èk la! Mwen pral pou li.

Sosyal Medya GrennYon sijè ke Mak manyen sou se depresyon. Mak mansyone de kòz komen nan depresyon - relasyon yon paran yo ak pitit yo ak relasyon yon moun nan ak lòt moun. Mwen pa ka ede men mande si Medya Sosyal se pa altènatif ki pi bon yo Prozac pou geri maladi sosyal tankou depresyon. Sosyal Media pote yon pwomès pou konekte ak lòt moun ki pa andeyò sèk lokal ou a lakay ou, biwo a, oswa menm nan katye ou.

Twitter, WordPress, Facebook, Rasanble, Jwèt sou entènèt ... tout aplikasyon sa yo pa senpleman 'Web 2.0', yo se mwayen pou kominike youn ak lòt. Se pa etonan poukisa aplikasyon sosyal yo tèlman popilè. Èske li pa pi fasil pou ouvri bay moun ki gen sekirite entènèt la ant nou?

Nan yon konferans kèk mwa de sa, mwen sonje yon fanm ki te mande:

Ki moun ki moun sa yo ak ki jan yo yo sou entènèt tout èdtan nan jounen an? Èske yo pa gen yon lavi?

Li se yon pèspektiv enteresan !, se pa li? Mwen sispèk ke pou anpil moun, sa a is lavi yo. Sa a se koneksyon yo ak lòt moun, pas yo, enterè yo, zanmi yo ak sipò yo. Nan tan lontan, yon 'solitèr' reyèlman te viv pou kont li. Men jodi a, yon 'solitèr' pa oblije! Li / Li ka jwenn lòt solitèr ak pastan yo menm!

Gen kèk ki ta ka diskite ke sa a ki kalite rezo 'sosyal' ak rezo akonpaye li yo sekirite yo pa tankou sante tankou yon relasyon reyèl ak kontak imen. Yo ka gen rezon ... men mwen pa sèten ke gen moun ki ap trete sa a kòm yon altènativ. Pou anpil moun, sa a is sèl mwayen yo pou kominike.

Nan lekòl segondè yon zanmi m 'yo, Mak, se te yon atis etonan. Li te yon gwo lous nan yon nèg. Li te gen yon bab plen nan klas 10yèm e li te ekri liv komik ak istwa vanpir ak lougarou. Mwen te renmen pandye soti ak Mak men mwen te kapab toujou di ke li te alèz alantou tout moun - menm m '. Mwen pa panse ke li te deprime nan tout, men li te trè trankil eksepte pou gwonde nan okazyonèl (mwen gwonde tounen).

Mwen ka onètman imajine Mak se yon atis eklèktism pi popilè, kounye a, oswa petèt k ap viv nan dezè a pou kont li jodi a. Mwen pa ka ede men sezi, menm si. Te gen Mak te gen yon blog ak yon priz yo pibliye istwa enkwayab l 'yo, mwen panse ke li ta konekte ak dè milye de lòt moun ki gen enterè yo menm. Li ta gen yon rezo sosyal - yon rezo nan zanmi ak fanatik ki ankouraje ak apresye l '.

Mwen nan okenn fason enferyè ke nou blogueurs yo sove depresyon oswa solitid nan ekri nou an. Nou fè; sepandan, exploite anpil respè nan men lektè nou yo. Mwen pa diferan. Si mwen wè yon moun gang sou yon lòt blogger ki se yon zanmi m 'yo, mwen pral sote nan ak defann li. Si mwen tande pale de yon blogger ki malad, mwen vrèman priye pou li ak fanmi li. Men, lè yon Blogger sispann blog, mwen reyèlman manke tande pale de yo.

Travay yon 50 a 60 semèn nou yo epi yo te yon papa sèl, mwen pa gen anpil nan "Yon lavi" (jan sa defini nan fanm mwen mansyone a) andeyò blog mwen ak karyè mwen. Iwonilman, menm si, mwen lavi sou entènèt se ekstrèmman ki bay sipò, kè kontan ak pwomèt. Mwen se yon nèg ki vrèman kontan (ki pa medikaman men ki twò gwo). Mwen pa kwè ke mwen ap eseye ranplase youn ak yon lòt. Mwen panse ke tou de yo enpòtan menm jan ak rekonpanse. An reyalite, mwen kwè ke lavi 'sou entènèt' mwen an te pouse m pou m vin yon pi bon kominikatè nan lavi 'reyèl' mwen an. Li ka geri ou pou mwen ekri epi li santi l gwo lè mwen jwenn fidbak sou ekri mwen an (menm si li nan negatif).

Verite a se, si mwen pa t 'gen rezo a sipò ke mwen genyen avèk ou jan ... Mwen pwobableman kapab dwe kontan e li ka glise nan depresyon. Mwen ta pwobableman ap jwe jwèt videyo nan mitan lannwit ak fè kòlèg mwen mizerab pandan jounen an.

Mwen ta pito pran grenn entènèt 2.0 mwen chak jou.

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    First off I don’t believe that the social Web 2.0 presence stuff like Twitter, blogs and the such are anywhere near a cure for things like depression and I defintely don’t agree with Mark’s reasoning for the causes of depression.

    That said however I do believe that in some ways our intercommunication through the web does help one’s self-esteem, sense of wellbeing and in some cases help one through some really difficult periods in one’s life. I will qualify that though that I don’t place blogs on the same level as Twtitter and the such (I’ll be doing something on that one of these days very soon).

    For example as part of WinExtra I also have an IRC channel that is semi-invite (especially if I know folks actually do IRC in the first place) and one of my close friend’s in the last year realize that he needed to make a serious live change to over come an addiction. He was successfull – well as successful as one can be with an addicition – but he said to me one day that if it wasn’t for the IRC channel and the people there he honestly didn’t know if he would have made it through that very dark time.

    In one other case that just happened one of the longtime mebers of the WinExtra forums and IRC channel stopped posting or showing up in channel. In turn two members in the US became very concerned and began the process of trying to track him done to make sure he was okay. Well today he suddenly appeared in channel and it was like a long lost friend finally coming back home – both for him and us.

    This is community and while it didn’t ogignate in the Web 2.0 world of social networks I will take that over any Facebook or Twitter community anytime. Along with that I think it shows that if an online community has longevity and depth of friends (which if you understand that our forums as small as they might be have been around for six plus years) it does make a part of a person’s life better and gives you a feeling of belonging – which really is all we as human being want from our lives.

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    Bonjou Steven,

    I warned that I may have mutilated Mark’s words… looks like I did! Mark references some articles on depression and doesn’t state that these are definitively the only sources of depression – these are just a couple that were mentioned. The theory of Social Media and it’s opportunity to help depression is not Mark’s, it’s one that I wonder about.

    Awesome story about your community and I agree with you – belonging is ultimately what everyone needs to be healthy. I think Social Media leaves us open to ‘belong’ to communities that we never would have been exposed to otherwise.

    Thanks for the exceptional comment!
    Doug

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    Excellent post, Doug! I find social networking a way to keep in touch with the moods and lives of many people that I consider to be friends, some of them even close friends, and impact other lives that I otherwise would not have enough hours in the day to do so. If I see a friend in need, I am able to quickly get in touch to see what I can do to provide support. I’ve also gained friends (yourself included!) through electronic communication that I otherwise might not have come to know quite as well, which in turn has turned into offline friendships as well.

    P.S. I missed your daily writings while you were busy with your project and transition. I’m so glad to see your posts recently!

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      Thanks Julie! I’m trying to get back to a good pace but I’m struggling. I work long hours and I’ve added exercise (imagine that!) to the mix. I haven’t figured out the right formula yet – I’m pretty cranky and tired.

      I’ll get there!

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    I completely agree with the theory that using social media sites is a good therapeutic thing to do. For me, I have found that it is very good and freeing for me to write about my feelings. Even if no one reads them. There is power in actually writing it down. I also love sites like Facebook and MySpace. They allow people to connect more than they maybe would if they didn’t have that connection. Thanks for posting this information about social media sites. I hope that more and more people find the good in it.

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      We’re definitely social animals, aren’t we Jason? If there’s no means for us to socialize, I’m confident that that can lead to many social disorders and can cascade into other issues.

      Like you, I really find writing as a great pressure release valve. As well, when someone thanks me or posts about what I’ve written – that does wonders for the ol’ self esteem!

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    I feel that the pain from depression can in fact be alleviated as a result of engaging in social media activities. Look at case studies from individuals who partake in Second Life for example. They can create avatars based on the physical attributes they want and connect with people on levels they may never have been able to before. That’s just one example.

    I personally was witness to how social media can help. I was monitoring a MySpace depression group discussion to analyze how people suffering from depression, anxiety, bipolar, OCD, etc. rely on these communities for support. While watching the conversation unfold I watched as an individual discussed harming herself. The community immediately jumped in and helped her out. It was as if the MySpace community acted as her lifeline.

    I think with where social media is going we will see more services become available dedicated to specific niches. Pasyan Tankou Mwen (a past client of mine who I was doing research for at the time) is bringing people suffering from various types of depression together so they can share their experiences and connect with one another. It’s an amazing tool and just goes to show you how powerful social networks are in keeping a persons feet on the ground. The good thing is a social network like PLM only lets people suffering from a condition join in the group. This greatly increases the participation level because they know they aren’t alone.

    Thanks for this great post Doug!

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    I think that social media can help people deal with depression, why not?

    My philosophy is that everyone of us, and everything on earth are all connected. We all originated from a single source of energy, and depression is a result of a feeling of being separated from this source.

    Yeah I know it all sounds pretty new agey. But it is a simple concept, and it make sense to me.

    I dont think that social media is a cure, but it does bring people together, and that is what we all crave in our core being.

    My step-daughter spends most of her online time on a site called nexopia. She has met many of her friends, locally and from other places on this social networking site. Social sites help us meet people with similar interests, and are a tool to keep us in touch with current, and old friends.

    I have been reading “The Power of Now” by Eckhart Tolle. This book goes into detail about why we feel depression, anxiety and more.

    He offers up the solution to “live in the now” as a cure. I agree, and also recomment this book for anyone interested in a philisophical guide to happiness.

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