BY OLIVIA CAPPETTA, Endicott College, Freshman
Social media sites have completely changed the way we connect with friends. It can be a great way to stay in touch, however, there are problems. Social media makes relationships easier in some aspects, but also can create extreme pressure.
One problem with social media is that it is a real addiction, so even if you want to stay away from the negative aspects, the allure can too great. Sometimes people can be very fake. People want to appear as if everything is going well because that is just the way many social media sites are. It can be a place where some are afraid to be their true selves or to post fun things to reveal real life. Facebook, and other sites like Instagram and Snapchat, have become a place where some people, not everyone, don’t feel comfortable posting what is actually going on in their lives or what is going through their head. This can lead to a downward spiral when one starts feeling anxious and depressed.
In my opinion, the problems of social media are beyond what is “fake” and what is “real”, because every person is different in what they post, and how often, and which social media sites are best used for emotional validity, or more for smiles for the camera or “likes.” Different people post various amounts of levels of personal and real life experiences.
So how does this affect me. Recently I talked about my anxiety on Instagram. I hope others to feel more comfortable being their authentic selves. I hope they will talk about their struggles with anxiety and depression, too!
I strongly encourage people to voice their opinions or feelings because they always matter. I am not perfect, nor is anyone. I have my weaknesses and setbacks just like everyone else. I have had anxiety my whole life, and it is how you choose to let those emotions control you. How they let you be who you want to be. Your life and outcome is your choice. To say the least, I have so much to be thankful for. Each step you take eventually leads you to the top of the staircase. Everyday is a work in progress, but I have come into being more my authentic self because of all these things. This is for people who can relate, because mental illness is never something to be ashamed of, and the stigma behind it is unfortunate but something no one should ever be embarrassed about.