Is social media toxic?


Social media is a way for people to connect, express themselves, market businesses, and all sorts of things. I decided to remove myself from social media in 2016. The election was going on during that time, and I was seeing a lot more post on Facebook, that were negatively effecting me. The prior years before 2016, social media was getting more, and more negative. If I would have deleted the people who were negative, that would-be majority of my Facebook friends. I never knew how much negative stuff that I was reading daily, could cause an effect on me. I was reading post from women that had issues with other women, and relationship issue. Men that were being immature, bashing women, and men. I was reading negative comments about the racial, and discrimination issues that were on the news. People were bashing the current president, and the political candidates that were running for 2017 presidency.

The more I read the negative feed, the worst I felt. I get stressed easily, and sometimes I rather remove myself from situations, or avoid them. At the time, I didn't know how to deal with all the negative post on my news feed, so I just removed myself from it. If you don't realize it, other people negatively can effect you. I always pride myself on not being easily influenced, but here I was allowing people words to effect me. Dr. Caroline Leaf, a cognitive neuroscientist, with a PhD in Communication Pathology, and a BSc in Logopedics, and Audiology, specializing in metacognitive, and cognitive neuropsychology, says that "75% to 95% of the illnesses in the world today are a direct result of our thoughts." When I was reading the negative stuff, my brain was feeding off it, in return, controlling my thoughts.

Dr. Caroline Leaf explains that our thought can effect us physically, and emotionally, making it toxic to our bodies, in return causing illnesses. It's amazing how feeding our brain with negative stuff could cause so much damage to our bodies. I didn't know that social media was toxic to my body, but then it all made sense after reading Dr. Caroline Leaf article on “Toxic thoughts.” According to Dr.Caroline Leaf, a change in our thinking is "essential to detoxing our brain." After a year of no social media, I felt revived. When I removed myself from the social media, I gained control, and when I introduced it back into my life, I was able to not allow the negativity to effect me. Now that I know what negative thinking could do to my body, I’m able to control what I allowed my thought process to be offended, or upset about. Social media can be damaging to people. The inventors of social media never intended it to be used negatively, but sometimes it is.

Yes, social media can be toxic, and if you are struggling with negativity on social media, then try removing yourself from it. Sometimes taking a break, and enjoying the outdoors, without electronics, can do us some good. I had to realize, if I'm striving to stay positive, and live a positive life, then I had to train myself how to deal with negativity. Ask yourself this question. Are you building your brain to be healthy, or are you damaging your brain with negative thoughts? Our thoughts really do make a difference in our actual living, whether we choose to think negatively, or positively. Our thoughts effect us. I can’t feed my brain with negativity, and still live a positive lifestyle.

“If you realized how powerful your thoughts are, you would never think a negative thought. Peace Pilgrim” ― Caroline Leaf, Switch On Your Brain: The Key to Peak Happiness, Thinking, and Health

Dr.Caroline Leaf website: dr.leaf.com/about/toxic-thoughts


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