Fast forward to 2015, where social media rules the world. Facebook statuses are capturing live births as they happen. Relationship updates alert friends and family of weddings, divorces and those more "complicated" situations. Instagram captures moments immediately and shoots them out digitally to all followers or hashtag searchers. I don't feel I need to continue because most are very well aware of the digital age we live in.
I ask the question though, does all this technology and social media play a part in our mental health? Are there cause and effect situations here or does social media just mirror what is going on inside us. New studies are indicative of Facebook usage causing depression. There is also early research on Personality Disorders and Social Media.
The "Truman Show Syndrome" was coined by the Gold brothers, a Psychiatrist and a Neurophilosopher. Keep in mind that this is not a diagnosable condition by itself, but it can describe one's type of delusion. Someone may have a delusion where they believe they are on a TV show, much like "The Truman Show." But even with delusions, much of what we believed to be "not possible" has suddenly become very real. How do we account for a very possible situation such as the government tapping our phones or someone videotaping with a hidden device. It is a whole new day and age we now live in.
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While it is nearly impossibly to disconnect from technology and social media, there is good reason to be mindful and aware of the feelings that arise. Boundaries and time limits are a good idea to consider. But most importantly, don't forget to experience the moment rather than just recording it. Sometimes take that video or photograph with your eye as your lens and your brain as your camera. Doing so will reconnect you, so to speak, which is foundational for our mental health.