The Internet can be a wonderful tool, especially for people who have an anxiety disorder. Using the Web allows you to connect with other people instantly, to share your experiences and learn from the experiences of others.
Unfortunately, there can also be a downside to the increasing use of the Internet. Social media sites, while an excellent means of keeping in touch with your friends and loved ones, can create major stress and unhealthy behaviors in people.
Who hasn’t heard of a messy Facebook break-up? Or someone posting a highly offensive or inappropriate Tweet on Twitter then seriously regretting it? Even celebrities and politicians have gotten involved.
An article on Huffington Post by a social media strategist describes how people have fallen into obsessive, unhealthy patterns on the ‘net. This can be constantly checking your phone for messages, updating your Facebook status multiple times in a day, or waiting in angst to hear back from someone you sent an e-mail to earlier in the day. She calls the incessant need to be connected to a social media site ‘Social Media Anxiety Disorder.’
If you are interested in finding out more about this fictitious but very relevant ailment, click the link below.