It's week 10 of the working on us mental health prompt series over at Beckie's Mental Mess. Please visit her post for details on how to participate. This week's topic is social media. Prompt #1 Questions: Does social media affect your overall mental health? If so, please describe how it does affect you? I don't think … Continue reading Working On Us – Week 10
The term fake news has been popularized by the current U.S. president, but how good are we at distinguishing fact from fiction? The volume of information on the internet is truly astonishing. There's quite a bit of good, but also a whole lot of crap. Sometimes it's fairly easy to tell that a website is unreliable, … Continue reading Separating Fake News From Fact
There are certainly some good things about social media, but it also provides an opportunity for stupidity to get much greater exposure than it deserves. Some people would likely have a platform to reach large numbers of people even if it weren't for social media. But the average science-naïve person who thinks that snow in … Continue reading Should ignorance be ignored or challenged?
It's Mental Health Awareness Week, and this year's theme is body image. While for some people this is a more dire issue than others, such as people with eating disorders and body dysmorphia, it's something that impacts us all to some extent. Societal standards of beauty have changed over time, but what doesn't seem to … Continue reading Mirror, mirror…
I'm not a big social media person, so I'm still trying to figure out what exactly an influencer is. How does one get to be an influencer? Why does anyone come to care what a given influencer thinks or likes? How much just comes down to dollars and cents? There's a lot that I just … Continue reading What makes a mental health influencer?
The emerging blogger series is a way to give mental health bloggers who are early in their blogging evolution the opportunity to have their work seen by a wider audience. It's also a way to introduce you as a reader to some new bloggers you may not have discovered yet. This week, we have Kimberley … Continue reading Emerging Blogger Series: Kim
I was having a conversation a while back with Candace at Revenge of Eve about whether we 40-ish people are at the beginning of the millennial generation or at the tail end of gen X. The years that fall into each generation depend on who's talking about it, but the birth year range 1981-1996 for … Continue reading Luddite in training?
Is there a limit to what's ok to post on social media? I'm not thinking about trolling and other such nastiness, but rather about widely broadcasting messages about being suicidal. I'm not a huge social media user, but I do spend some time on Twitter. I follow around 2500 accounts, pretty much all of which … Continue reading What goes too far on social media?
I discovered this quite a while back, but it just popped into my mind again recently. Pinterest won't let you search for the word "depression". If you try, it gives no results, just this message: "If you're in emotional distress or thinking about suicide, help is available." If you search for "depressed" or "major depression", though, … Continue reading Why can’t you search Pinterest for “depression”?
The internet can be helpful but it can also be harmful, especially for someone with mental illness