43 thoughts on “Overwhelmed by Social Media? Here’s what you can do

  1. Have you ever thought about writing an e-book or guest authoring on other websites?
    I have a blog based upon on the same ideas you discuss and would love to have you share some stories/information. I know my viewers would value your
    work. If you are even remotely interested, feel free to shoot me an e mail.

  2. How nice of you to say that! I’m actually doing a fair bit of research in this area thanks to working on my book. I’ll definitely try and do something on these lines once a month. 😊

  3. this is like a detox methodology from Social Media and how one should not allow it to affect the mental health . very nicely written Shailaja. Can we expect more of these atleast once a month

  4. I would rather have my timeline filled with happy beautiful memories than whiny things that people have to say. Strong negative words is too much to take specially when you open Facebook first thing in the morning.
    You have put human emotions brilliantly.

  5. Your thoughts echo mine. I think the key is balance and moderation. Not that difficult to accomplish once you put your mind to it. Good one, Shailaja. πŸ™‚

  6. What a well written post Shailaja .THis post of yours has bowed me over.A lovely read.?.

  7. Very aptly put Shailaja. loved reading it..
    I will definitely get away from the stimuli when I see myself being negatively affected by it ..

  8. It’s not always that simple for people, Inderpreet. Some people suffer from terribly low self-esteem due to their circumstances. Sometimes even the happy ones go through a low patch. You can’t blame them. It’s not that easy to look for positive reinforcement all the time.

  9. Overdose, no. Moderation, yes. The thing is, what is moderate for one may be an overdose for another, so there really is no clear solution, if you think about it. We ought to do what we are comfortable with πŸ™‚

  10. Aw pls do come back all refreshed with fresher content. We are addicted, arent we?

  11. Very true, Vishal. Hardly anyone takes the time to do it though. We are so busy rushing about, finding things to do that we never pause to drink deep and savour life’s moments. More’s the pity.

  12. Learning to be objective came at great personal cost to me, Jaibala. I lost a few friends along the way because I was too involved- both with myself and perhaps their reactions. Once I set myself free of expectations, my life got better. This doesn’t mean it’s all a cakewalk though. I still tread carefully πŸ™‚

  13. Exactly. What one person finds funny at one point can be misinterpreted at others, right? Our individual mechanisms come into play after a lot of falls and stumbles, but I think/hope I finally have found my sense of balance. Thanks Rachna πŸ™‚

  14. Exactly Aparna. The thing is we are always going to offend people- even with our joy and happiness. How much of it can we practically anticipate? My guess- none. So let’s share and do everything in moderation.

  15. You break really got your thoughts settled Shailaja but I would still like to see some pictures. I feel if we are so tempted and influenced by media then we need to strengthen our mind and look for positive reinforcement in all shares, even those that make us jealous and make our self work towards our goals and use the tips offered.

  16. The thing about social media is that it isn’t really personal after all. When I see people sharing some really bizarre stuff on social media like ‘having fever’, ‘in pain’ etc. all I can do is laugh :P.

    In the end, it’s all about being able to keep personal life exactly that – ‘Personal’. Social media does help us keep in touch but an overdose of anything isn’t good, is it?

  17. Wow..Shailaja..sometimes you want someone to tell you” that thing” which you ought to do…and this one is of that kind!!Well- written.

  18. Shailaja, while reading your post, I was wishing it would go on and on, and I could keep reading it…
    I do agree with what you said here. But, the topic apart, I simply loved how you expressed yourself. Wonder when I will be able to do that! There, do I sound jealous? πŸ™‚ But, that’s okay, isn’t it? Part of being a thinking, feeling human being, right? πŸ™‚
    Love you!

  19. This post is an eye opener. The demarcation between personal and social media life is blurring. Sharing pictures of vacations is kije peeping into someone else moments for a while and savoring them and at the same time remembering our own fullfilled holiday moments . I love and enjoy seeing pics of others vacationing which gives a brief idea of my next vacation.

  20. While social media…its dangers and negative impact confuses many, like you said…there is positive sides too…i have been able to reconnect with many good old long lost friends….it also helps me stay updated with all happenings and updates about all my friends even when there is no enough tjme to call them all very often….

  21. Great post Shailaja, thanks for sharing. πŸ™‚ It is easy to get caught in the mental and especially emotional aspects of blogging challenges and also easily overwhelmed too! I know I was during and after and it seemed a number of other bloggers who participated felt the same way judging by their posts after the challenge and/or their comments. πŸ˜‰ Lucky you for taking two weeks off social media! Good for you for doing so! πŸ™‚ And no, I’m not jealous, just admire you for doing so…not sure how to pull away or rather unplug from it. Easier said than done I think! πŸ˜‰ Good for you for doing so! πŸ˜‰ <3

  22. So well assessed on the nature of human beings watching troubled waters before jumping in. Making someone day with a kind word is something that makes our day too and brightening lives.

  23. It is really important to keep private and public separate. But the greatest boon of social media is that I am connected to so much family and friends now which was not the case even 3 years back. But, seriously, I dont want to know how the ‘Upma’ turned out or if someone was ‘feeling bored’ what is it that we can do about it. If used optimally, its a great tool.

  24. There are only a few place I would share personal stuff on Social Media. You know all of them πŸ˜‰ (Alright I confess its the only place I’d share anything). But then I get it, every time I upload a new profile picture, I wonder and think and debate and then upload. I am still caught up in the whole web of emotions and all. But, learning to be more objective in my approach.

  25. I agree. It is not the medium but the mindset you are in that makes you react to something. At times banter is fun, at other times it seems puerile. Some good pointers there. If I find someone’s updates bothering me, I unfollow that person. Like you said, it is for us to address the triggers. We all enjoy social media. But wd must all figure out our individual mechanisms to utilize it optimally.

  26. Well said Shailaja :). This echoes a lot of my thoughts as well. While I don’t share personal stuff too much on social media, the few times that I do, I definitely wouldn’t want to keep second-guessing!

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