Kas sotsiaalmeedia saab depressiooni ravida?

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KarjaMark Earli oma raamatu Karja, on minu jaoks olnud raske lugemine. Ärge võtke seda valesti. See on hämmastav raamat, mille leidsin Hugh McLeodi ajaveebi kaudu.

Ma ütlen "karm", sest see pole 10,000 XNUMX jalga vaade. Kari (Kuidas muuta massikäitumist, kasutades meie tõelist olemust) on keeruline raamat, mis kirjeldab põhjalikult paljusid uuringuid ja andmeid, et tulla selle põhieesmärgini. Samuti pole Mark Earls teie keskmine äriraamatute autor - tema raamatut lugedes tekib tunne, et loen raamatut, mis on täiesti minu liigast väljas (see on tegelikult nii!). Kui olete intellektuaal ja hindate sügavat, sügavat mõtlemist ja toetavaid kriteeriume - see on teie raamat.

Kui te seda võltsite nagu mina, on see ka suurepärane raamat. 🙂 Võin rikkuda osa rikkalikust sisust, kirjutades sellest siia, aga mis pagan! Ma lähen selle järele.

Sotsiaalmeedia pillÜks teema, mida Mark puudutab, on depressioon. Mark nimetab kahte levinud depressiooni põhjust - vanemate suhet oma lapsega ja inimese suhteid teiste inimestega. Ma ei saa jätta imestamata, kas sotsiaalmeedia pole parim alternatiiv sellele Prozac selliste sotsiaalsete haiguste nagu depressioon ravimiseks. Sotsiaalmeedia annab lubaduse suhelda teistega, kes pole väljaspool teie kohalikku ringi kodus, kontoris või isegi teie naabruskonnas.

puperdama, WordPress, Facebook, Koguge võrgumänge ... kõik need rakendused pole lihtsalt „Web 2.0”, vaid on omavahel suhtlemise vahendid. Pole ime, miks sotsiaalsed rakendused on nii populaarsed. Kas pole palju lihtsam avada end meie vahel Interneti-turvalisusega inimestele?

Mõne kuu tagusel konverentsil mäletan naist, kes küsis:

Kes need inimesed on ja kuidas nad on võrgus kogu päeva? Kas neil pole elu?

See on huvitav vaatenurk !, kas pole? Ma kahtlustan, et paljude inimeste jaoks on see nii is nende elu. See on nende seos teistega, nende hobid, huvid, sõbrad ja toetus. Varem pidi üksik inimene tõesti üksi elama. Kuid täna ei pea "üksildane" seda tegema! Ta võib leida teisi üksikute hobuseid!

Mõni võib väita, et seda tüüpi „sotsiaalne” võrgustik ja sellega kaasnev turvavõrk pole nii tervislikud kui tegelik suhe ja inimlik kontakt. Neil võib olla õigus ... aga ma pole kindel, et inimesed suhtuvad sellesse alternatiivina. Paljude inimeste jaoks see is nende ainus suhtlusvahend.

Keskkoolis oli mu sõber Mark hämmastav kunstnik. Ta oli kutt suur karu. Ta oli 10. klassis täis habemega ja kirjutas koomiksiraamatuid Vampiiride ja Libahuntide lugudega. Mulle meeldis Markiga hängida, kuid võisin alati öelda, et tal oli kõigi läheduses - isegi minul - ebamugav. Ma arvan, et ta polnud üldse masenduses, kuid ta oli üsna vaikne, välja arvatud aeg-ajalt möirgav (ma urisesin tagasi).

Kujutan ausalt ette, et Mark on praegu kuulus eklektiline kunstnik või elab täna võib-olla ise kõrbes. Ma ei saa aga imestada. Kui Markil oleks olnud ajaveeb ja väljavõte oma uskumatute lugude avaldamiseks, oleks ma arvanud, et ta oleks olnud ühenduses tuhandete teistega, kellel on samad huvid. Tal oleks olnud sotsiaalne võrgustik - sõprade ja fännide võrgustik, mis teda julgustas ja hindas.

Ma ei järeldu kuidagi sellest, et meie, blogijad, pääseme oma kirjutiste abil depressioonist või üksindusest. Me teeme; kasutage siiski meie lugejate suurt austust. Ma ei erine. Kui näen kedagi blogimas, kes on minu sõber, hüppan sisse ja kaitsen teda. Kui kuulen blogijast, kes on haigeks jäänud, siis palvetan siiralt tema ja tema pere eest. Ja kui blogija blogimise lõpetab, tunnen igatsust nende kuulmise järele.

Töötades meie nädalal 50–60 ja olles üksik isa, pole mul sellest palju "elu" (nagu määratles minu mainitud naine) väljaspool minu ajaveebi ja karjääri. Iroonilisel kombel aga minu elu võrgus on uskumatult toetav, õnnelik ja paljutõotav. Olen tõeliselt õnnelik (ravimiteta, kuid ülekaaluline) kutt. Ma ei usu, et prooviksin ühte teisega asendada. Ma arvan, et mõlemad on sama olulised ja tasuvad. Tegelikult usun, et minu "veebi" elu on tõukanud mind oma "päris" elus paremaks suhtlejaks. Minu jaoks on teraapiline kirjutada ja see on suurepärane tunne, kui saan oma kirjutise kohta tagasisidet (isegi kui see on negatiivne).

Tõsi on see, et kui mul ei oleks tugivõrgustikku, mis mul teiega on, siis inimestel ... ilmselt võiks olla õnnetu ja võib libiseda depressiooni. Tõenäoliselt mängiksin öösel videomänge ja teeksin päeval kolleege õnnetuks.

Ma võtaksin palju parem oma veebi 2.0 pillid iga päev.

9 Kommentaarid

  1. 1

    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.

  2. 2

    Tere 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!

  4. 5

    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!

  5. 7

    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. Patsiendid meeldivad mulle (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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