Anonymous asked: Why do you not have anxiety on social media even though logically their is more reason to?
Logically? I don’t recognise your logic. Maybe you could explain/elaborate…?
I’m not the only person in the world who appears less anxious on social media than in real life. The world is filled with millions of people who are shy offline but blossom into confident goddesses on the interwob.
There are numerous (obvious) reasons why: on the internet you can be whoever the hell you want, you can craft an alter ego, you can edit your appearance, you can cherry pick the opinions, jokes and activities that show you in whatever light you choose. Not to mention that you can find echo chambers of like-minded people from across the globe who provide a safe space free from judgement and criticism.
There’s a reason that people who have been on the receiving end of bullying, abuse or oppression are so prevalent and active on social media…
Having said that, though, I don’t think that I necessarily am less anxious online than in real life. I’m more open about anxiety on tumblr/twitter etc., but I’m not less anxious. I certainly don’t edit my photos or thoughts or opinions or hide behind anonymity (like you) or spout lies to feel more confident. I’m very open about my mental illnesses.
But I do second guess myself constantly and sometimes I don’t feel like talking to or interacting with anyone because I hate myself.