While anxiety is a primal instinct that we are born with and is normal, it becomes a problem when it begins to interfere with your daily functioning and the perceived danger is not real says psychologist on individual couple and family therapy Tamara Sosa.
With the onslaught of social media - there is a comparative culture which causes alienation and isolation, turning the medium into an external validation of what you are doing in real time and in turn creating a kind of status anxiety.
This is because the likes of Facebook and Instagram may develop an impression that other people’s lives are preferable to your own.
Focusing on youth - Sosa explains that social media perfectly narrates a life story and while this comparison is normal it does not count as real feedback.
It is almost like we have created a culture where with social media and technology, we cannot deal with frustration tolerance, so everything is very fast. We can't tolerate imperfection or failure. I think it is natural now for youth to compare.— Tamara Sosa, Psychologist on individual couple and family therapy
If you are constantly connected, you get constant feedback on yourself but it's not real.— Tamara Sosa, Psychologist on individual couple and family therapy
If we think about true belonging, there is a tolerance of a difference of being, way of life, thinking and feeling...what is happening to youth today is that they are trying to fit in and becoming more depressed and more anxious because they know that they are not being authentic.— Tamara Sosa, Psychologist on individual couple and family therapy
Social media is one contributing factor.
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This article first appeared on 702 : [LISTEN] 'Status anxiety' and its effects on young people