The Instagram-minimal life is great for me. My relationship with social media has been fraught ever since I joined Facebook in 2007. Going without checking IG every day helps me notice how much my mood is affected by it when I do log on. As you probably guessed, the effect is not favorable! A few scrolls down and already I’m wishing I’m off because I start feeling depressed.
We’ve all experienced this negative affect, and I’ve been aware of how I respond for a long time. Those delicious shots of dopamine, though, have kept me coming back. I haven’t been able to form a new habit until now.
Did anyone catch this NY Mag laugh-and-sob-worthy article about friends who can’t stand their friends’ online presence? If Hemingway were on Instagram, I imagine we’d all tire of his boozy photos and cantankerous captions.
It turns out, Instagram harms young people’s mental health the most out of several social media sites.
(CNN) Instagram is the most detrimental social networking app for young people’s mental health, followed closely by Snapchat, according to a new report by the Royal Society for Public Health in the UK.Their study, #StatusofMind, surveyed almost 1,500 young people aged 14 to 24 on how certain social media platforms impact health and well-being issues such as anxiety, depression, self-identity and body image.YouTube was found to have the most positive impact, while Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook and Twitter all demonstrated negative affects overall on young people’s mental health.
The Ministry of Facebook
All that glitters is not gold
Figures as different as Charles Dickens, Henri Poincaré, and Ingmar Bergman, working in disparate fields in different times, all shared a passion for their work, a terrific ambition to succeed, and an almost superhuman capacity to focus. Yet when you look closely at their daily lives, they only spent a few hours a day doing what we would recognize as their most important work. The rest of the time, they were hiking mountains, taking naps, going on walks with friends, or just sitting and thinking. . . .“Deliberate practice,” they observed, “is an effortful activity that can be sustained only for a limited time each day.” Practice too little and you never become world-class. Practice too much, though, and you increase the odds of being struck down by injury, draining yourself mentally, or burning out.
Resistance and The War of Art
What I call Professionalism someone else might call the Artist’s God or the Warrior’s Way. It’s an attitude of agelessness and service. The Knights of the Round Table were chaste and self-effacing. Yet they dueled dragons.We’re facing dragons too. Fire-breathing griffins of the soul, whom we must outfight and outwit to reach the treasure of our self-in-potential and to release the maiden who is God’s plan and destiny for ourselves and the answer to why were were put on this planet. Steven Pressfield, The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles, 108-9.