….. TALK OF HAPPY PICTURES AND MISERABLE LIVES
In Zimbabwe lately-several cases of suicide are on the rise in young people and there is a greater need to quickly unpack the root cause of such suicide cases and depression is often the chief cause. The National Movement of Catholic Students(NMCS) Zimbabwe has witnessed an increase in cases of its members in various Tertiary institutions committing suicide and has since embarked on a #CheckOnYourFriend campaign. Depression and Social Media go hand in hand most of the time and we ignore that. We have a thousand friends on Facebook and at times 3000 people like our posts, another thousand follow us on Instagram and Twitter.
Our pictures, memes and posts get resent, retweeted and liked many times than we can count. But in reality, we have no one to stand with us. We need physical relationships, actual meaningful relationships with actual people we can relate to. Trying to keep up with the image we put out there on Social media puts some pressure on us especially when we know we can’t keep it up anymore. We place ourselves in situations and positions where we would rather go hungry or ignore certain people who care so that we can level up to the social media standards. The statement “Everyone else is doing it” is really putting us in a position to choose without making an actual decision because we want to level up and still be in the game. There is a story of a model who committed suicide after posting really great pictures on Instagram and received a million likes.
Upon visiting her apartment, it wasn’t pleasant at all.she had not been eating properly for some time and everything was a mess except her social media accounts. No one was actually there for her in person and no-one knew what was really going on. After social media, she had no one. At this juncture, it is crucially significant to highlight ways to avoid depression triggered by by social media.
Tips on avoiding depression caused by social media
- Am I saying quit social media? Not at all. But be mindful what you use it for and how you use it. Don’t let it consume you alive.
- I’m saying don’t cut ties with the actual people because you now have a thousand followers. You need these people, you need comfort from them and an actual realistic conversation.
- I’m saying don’t let social media trends get the better of you because you can never keep up with all them. Trying all the injections and pills for a ‘good’ body will leave you not only broke but in Hospital!!! Be careful.
We spend more money and time on social media than we actually do in our own personal relationships.
The writer Miss Liliosa Tatenda Chiurawa is a level 4 Forensic Science student at the University of Zimbabwe and an aspiring leadership coach. She has