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PTSD from FB Social Media?

PTSD from FB Social Media?

Friday, April 30, 2021 social media stress

I decided to unlike a great number of resources that I was attached to by simply sharing, commenting, or liking them. I was following resources that were pretty depressing. It's been upsetting and exhausting to deal with.

FB Bad Feeds

I became overwhelmed with Facebook over the past year.  The algorithm in my Facebook account took a nasty turn in my profile.  It went on this horrendous overwhelming ride of sickness, abuse and torture.  I became submerged in having to watch people's pages about helping and saving human and animal victims of abuse and neglect.  The next thing you know every single ad was this type of ad, they were coming into my Feed in a wave of suffering abused, neglected children and animals; also displaced people and crimes against the earth and humanity. 

Overwhelmed with Anxiety 

I tried to stop the ads and recommended reading on Facebook which was causing me pain and stress by seeing it.  That did not solve the problem.  I was still seeing the extremely upsetting pages that shared very graphic images of abuse and neglect of animals, people and the environment.  How we are killing off the planet and all of our earthly creatures.  I'm so sad over it all that it has overwhelmed me and my emotions.  I have been experiencing what I would call PTSD.  I'm a sensitive empathetic person to begin with, but after all of this, I'm seriously at the point where I want to avoid Facebook.  So today I went back in my profile settings and I unliked and unfollowed about 3/4's of my list.  There is still more to unfollow.  In the future, I will only follow who most is important to me and it will not be anything about the topics that I have just listed.  I'm done with it.  No more sleepless nights re-living the disturbing stories and images that I've seen on Facebook.  I honestly wonder if some people are contributing to the abuse so they can capitalize on it from the viewers.  The thought of that has been on my mind over the past few days.  So it's over for me.  I can see why young people are so overwhelmed.  You don't have to be young to be traumatized by images on the internet.  Facebook can be a loose canon for traumatic media footage.  If you are noticing a problem in your own account similar to this type of situation then it's probably time to revisit your follow list.  While you are there do a security check to make sure you are protecting your privacy enough.

Update on fixing my feed

I'm okay now, I've corrected the problem with FB and I'm doing a sweep on all my social media accounts and just keeping what is important to me.  Note to self; all social media accounts are targeting the user with ads and posts that you may or may not want.  Any data sent through a social media account could be fake and could mislead the user.  Scammers, salespersons, companies and many others out there WANT YOUR DATA. They can get it through social media..

Tele and Text Scams

Never ever give out personal or bank information through a phone conversation or a text conversation that you receive.  Never trust a situation where the potential scammer gives you a website or number to call to receive more information.  Never trust the guy on the phone that tells you there is something wrong with your computer and they will fix it for you.  These guys want access to your computer so they can get into it and get any information that will help them steal from you and others that you know.  If the Government calls you and the person on the other end says I need your social insurance number for any reason, you must say NO.

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