The time between Christmas and new-year is traditionally a time of reflection for me. What have we done in the last year, where do we want to go, and how do we want to get there? 2019 has been a though year with lots of self-reflection overall, and my results are rather of philosophical nature than productive output.
I have written this essay back in June, and think now might be a good moment to publish. This essay has mainly been based on my personal experience. If you happen to know more related research which may back some claims, or maybe invalidate them, I would love to hear about it!
Every now and then there are people appearing into the spotlights claiming social media is the source of many problems which have appeared over the last (few) decennia. While most of us certainly have heard stories about how social media is changing society - and it certainly is -, I personally do not believe it is the root cause why society is changing. Google’s autocomplete engine is able to summarize the claims about social media quite neatly. Social media arguably causes a lot of things, but most of these are personal, and more importantly, negative and urgent issues.
How is it that a social media platform could potentially cause isolation or loneliness, which are essentially the very things one would try to avoid by being ‘social’. Why is it that social media is linked with elevated depression rates, anxiety and stress?
Having gone through a major depressive episode, followed by a full-blown burn-out I for sure had to change the way I lived. I had to question everything I have ever known, and I needed to get everything back on track bit by bit. And while the whole experience was all but fun, it was healthy. The key take-aways I learned during this episode:
- However depressed you are, it might be difficult to recognize you are in fact, depressed. Taking action requires a lot of energy one could easily lack during such period in life. It’s easier to brush it off and think it’ll go away automatically.
- A burn-out is mostly not work related. While work may be a big catalyst in this whole process due to the amount of time we’re spending in the workplace, it’s mostly not related to work, even if it seems like it is.
- Life is one big story where all parts are connected with each other. When you think your life has multiple separate sections which are not connected with each other, you are still missing something.
- Everyone is hurt, everyone has their own package of shit, and life sucks.
I hope these points have set the stage for the rest of this document.