Dealing with Social Media Anxiety

Anxiety (Photo credit: Rima Xaros)

As more people engage with social media, so does the emergence of a new type of anxiety, social media anziety. New studies found out that social media indeed fuel stress that causes too much anxiety. Digital interactions have been found to create a sort of a tipping point that exacerbates the anxiety on already stressed out people. While people make a tongue-in-cheek treatment on social media anxiety; it is important that we deal with it or it could drive us crazy.

Never let social media rule your life

Social media is great in connecting with people but never allow it to rule your life. Of course, people would feel excited to know what the world is up to. However, the longer you expose yourself on social media the more drawn you are to engage and generate anxiety when things don’t fall your way. Learn to step away and go out sometime. The world is not Facebook or Twitter. There is actually a real world that you can explore and real people that you can engage with.

Do not take information as gospel truth

Here’s a shocker. Not all information that you read on social media are true. Some of the information you read there can be false. People would feel anxious about people they know putting up statuses that are inconsistent with the truth. Don’t lose sleep about information that people put up on Facebook as long as you know the truth.  Once you decide to spend time on Facebook and other social networking sites you have to prepare yourself for the unexpected.  You also need to be wise in filtering out information.  Otherwise, you will run the risk of suffering from stress and anxiety.

Don’t join groups for just for the sake of joining

Sometimes you joined a Facebook group that you have no interest in because they were kind enough to invite you. Now that group has been flooding your news feed and it drives you crazy. Don’t worry though; you can always unlike the group and leave. Just don’t join in the first place.  As soon as you receive invitations, think twice first before finally giving in to them.  Think about the benefits and the disadvantages of joining such groups so you can spare yourself from being stressed out in spending time over irrelevant and nonsense social groups.

A matter of security

Security is a matter that drives people up the wall. The best thing about it is that you can control it. Learn to master the security settings that are available to you. You will thank Facebook for placing these settings to put things in place and avoid setting off an anxiety bomb that could make things worse for you.

No, you don’t have to like it

A lot of people would pressure you to like things on social media. Here’s an eye opener for you, you don’t have to do their bidding. While it is socially acceptable to give a paltry reply to their statuses but you don’t have to like it. You must only like it if you really do and just ignore it if you don’t. Leave things the way it is. Be cautious as well about liking certain websites or products.  Make sure that these sites do not contain any malware that could steal some confidential information from your computer.

Learn to accept rejection

Getting your friend request rejected is a normal thing. People tend to have panic attacks when their friend request rejected and remain pending. They tend to be anxious and send private messages to force people to accept it to the point of becoming irrational and violent. Here’s the deal, if the person don’t accept it; they are not worthy of becoming a friend.

Stress and pressures coming from social networking can become a significant psychological issue in the future. Learn to control it now at its infancy so it will not explode on all our faces and play catch up when it is too late. These social networking sites should be yours for positive purposes.