Hello! My name is Ian (they/she) and I recently 1) discovered I struggled with MD after years of not understanding why I was so different and 2) found this forum where I've already found so much useful information! So far, thank you to everyone on here and I can't wait to read more of your helpful stories and tips!
Context: I recently turned 18 in march and graduated from high school, taking community college courses to finish my basics before going into an American Sign Language Interpreting Program. With half of my high school years being disrupted with COVID I realized how much I depended on social media for validation and distraction from reality. Every time I delete all the apps and try to get better I feel so empty and lost with all the negative thoughts in my head, and the daydreams get worse and consume all my choices.
Topic: with the algorithm of social media to keep us addicted but the wonderful ways it can also keep us connected, what are the best ways to balance it all out? Additionally, for younger individuals, how do you communicate to close friends that you prefer not to center your time on social media if that is their main way to communicate?
If it seems that these issues are not related I hope you can understand personally I feel they can greatly compel me to daydream as the stimulation from certain media groups triggers feelings that cause daydreams. I hope my rambles make sense and that we can share on this topic.
For actual social media apps, app time limits have been pretty useful for me. For example, I have a daily limit of 1 1/2 hours a day for Twitter, and my phone locks the app once I've reached the limit, so I physically cannot spend the entire day doomscrolling.
Are your friends primarily texting via the messaging parts of social media apps? If so, could you switch to an app that doesn't have a social media feed like snapchat or whatsapp?
Don't give up what you want most for what you want now.