Today we are here to help you overcome this fear so that you can grow your audience and your confidence. It is tempting and reassuring to hide behind the curtain of social media. No one can tell if you blush or sweat when you post on Facebook. When you suffer from social anxiety, social media can seem like the blessing and gift you need. You don’t care so much about what’s being said or looking for words, and you can take the time to write, edit and re-edit emails and posts.
The answer depends on many factors, including how you use these channels of communication, the role they play in your life, and your propensity for addiction. Social media use has become so commonplace that social anxiety disorders are sadder than ever. Social media has advantages and disadvantages for people with social anxiety, and the same goes for those who do not. Here’s a quick comparison of how social networks can help, hurt and be sad.
Many people with social anxiety find support groups helpful.They can also learn how others deal with the disorder and overcome fears of social situations. In this way you will learn that your thoughts, judgments and rejections are not true and can be distorted. Many people with social anxiety disorder achieve good results with a combination of medication, CBT and other psychotherapies. Your doctor will work with you to find the best medication dose and treatment duration. Psychotherapy and medication take time to work together. Do not give up treatment too soon.
Doctors recommend using social media less than an hour a day. They also recommend avoiding mobile devices at least an hour before bed and at least an hour after waking up. However, most people do not abide by these simple rules and therefore suffer from anxiety. Another problem is that excessive use of social media can affect sleep quality. Modern young people tend to stay awake at night because they want to be the first to see a new post. The trick with social media is that new content only appears every few minutes.
People are busy, in a hurry and multitasking, so it’s quick and easy to provide colleagues, family and friends with texts, posts, photos, phone calls and lunches. The use of apps and platforms has exploded, and trends continue to grow. Social media is a convenient way to maintain relationships, but there is a problem that arises in the use of social media: people with social anxiety disorders are excluded from telephone and face-to-face interaction. It is no longer acceptable or expected to communicate via social media. If you are an anxious individual, you live in fear that others will notice.
In terms of professional benefits, I think social media is incredibly valuable. But I don’t pretend to be a massive social media user, nor do I do business on LinkedIn or tweet or write a blog. I think if you are a friend or acquaintance and want to find out about what we have seen from the other person, call or use the old email standard. And, of course, I will never know in real time if anyone else in my circle is having a fabulous time posting amazing pictures. So refraining from dating because of social media phobias is not a big problem.
Avoid being a passive user of social networks. Don’t spend hours looking at other people’s posts and sharing yourself. Use social media profiles to get to know people, meet people and reach them on their way to your friends. At the same time, don’t be obsessed with spending too much time on it, because it can backfire.
Use Twitter as a place to find news and interesting articles. Spend a few minutes logging on to Twitter once a week. Most people on Twitter are friendly and many will answer any questions you post on your Twitter feed. You can also send messages to anyone on Twitter. Social media is social, so start talking to interesting people, even if they are not celebrities, because they are more likely to respond whether they are or not when you feel comfortable.
Some of our favorite stock image sites where you can find images for free are Pexel, Stocksnap, Unsplash and Death Stock (although Death Stock requires your email registration). Make a list of people you like to follow on social media. If you are not sure what to post or say, read this list to get an idea of what is talking to you. Before you start, it helps to observe what others are doing and to notice what you like and what you don’t.
When you see all the great things that your Facebook or Twitter friends post, you can feel detached and inadequate. The same can be seen in how many likes and comments others get on their posts compared to your own.
As a result, it interferes with the way to work, school and everyday things. People with social anxiety disorder are still worried about these and other things weeks after the incident. Sometimes they stay away from places and events because they think it will embarrass them.
People are often treated with aversion therapy, where they are given things they are afraid of and exposed to them under controlled conditions. Not in the same way as I fear, because Facebook has upset some of us and many of us have migrated to Instagram and Twitter from the start, and the world of social media is growing at a ridiculous rate and people like Kerry and Anna are being left behind. You know, those who resent the mere mention of retweets are addressing a big problem, Graham explains, but it’s not the actual social media platform that worries them.
When we look at the nature of society, social media has become an area of the world that is faster than our physical presence. We must rise to this challenge and find a way to tell our stories in this new age.