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Would you say that one of the main causes of mental issues, anxiety, body dismorphism, etc is due to technology and media?

Before we had visual technologies like TV, magazines, Facebook, Youtube...the rate that news (usually dreary) and snapshots of people's best moments in magazines and videos spread was significantly glacial compared to today. I think one of the main causes of mental issues and other problems in people is due to over-stimulation and information overload.

At the rate we're going, technologically, it seems that everyone and everything will always be monitored and on-camera. People act much differently when they know they're on camera or when they know they're being monitored versus when they behave like their true selves because they think they're alone. It seems that we'll get to a point where everyone will have private and public personas and this will increase internal conflict and bring about issues and disorders.

I could go on with this thought, but i'd like to hear some of yours.
 
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Yes.

Looking deeper, I believe the root of of the dysfunction and disorder - that if you look around is everywhere - stems from the broken family unit...and generations of trauma, neglect and abuse. The media and technology are tools people use to escape...particularly their family trauma...but if used excessively, like a drug, they further aggravate the dysfunction and disorder.

I think one of the main causes of mental issues and other problems in people is due to over-stimulation and information overload.
Yep, me too.

It seems that we'll get to a point where everyone will have private and public personas and this will increase internal conflict and bring about issues and disorders.
It's already here. We just haven't reached that tipping point yet where society collectively works together to push back against this silent epidemic.

I JUST posted this
http://personalitycafe.com/general-psychology/1146338-work-loneliness-epidemic-article.html
 

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No. Media, technology, etc are merely products of culture that mirror values and have the potential to reshape those absorbed values. They aren't innocent bystanders, but to assign causation is an overreach.
but you agree? There is a correlation?
 

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I think it's a complex situation.

There are many who misattribute their irrational behavior to many different conditions and utilize them as a way of earning social forgiveness.

Then there is another group who refuse to accept their deficiencies and try and function with no regard or knowledge about self and by extension others.

Then another subset can be divided that includes people who acknowledge their deficiencies but also recognize their problems stem from traumas and experiences and try their best to move forward in life.

Technology has greatly improved and accelerated humanities ability to learn but along with it came quite a few social challenges that we have yet to see properly addressed and solved.

Personally I find that being bombarded with local, national as well as world news on a day to day basis especially since most of them are geared towards a negative news story it can get challenging to maintain a positive outlook on life. This is further compounded by social media because finding someone far more successful than oneself is only a swipe away. That too erodes on the self confidence many people have.

I would worry less about the public and private persona as that has existed before technology. More so we have a lot more complicated challenges that are yet to be quite broadly addressed in the world right now.
 

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I often wonder how much illness in general has to do with contemporary diets.

Edit to add: There might be a correlation, but it's hard to measure what aspect of media is the variable which is causing this. For example, how fast information is traveling vs 50 years ago might be one way to look at it.
 

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The world is already very 'image' heavy and I don't think social media helps; it exacerbates.

It's no longer just taking a picture in your favorite dress and doing your hair- it's now trying to look like the carefully crafted "beings" that are heavily photoshopped with a grocery list of work done (trailing behind them).

It's a horridly skewed perception with a lack of variety that's extremely 'cookie cutter' -in all ways- which is truly ironic since humans need variation to thrive and keep going. That's why you don't fuck your dad or sister because you'll end up with a baby with one eye and five legs. This is how I see people now; totally deranged and inbred to the same generic wants, needs, concepts and ideas.

It's got to be tough growing up in this age when image is everything or you're basically nothing. People keep feeding into it with Hollywood celebrities, social media stars, various platform entertainers, porn stars, etc. and it's just the way it is.


I'm hoping for an apocalypse. People are so bored that they're resorting to and prioritizing stupid shit. Humans should never be too comfortable.
 

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now that we dont really have to worry about survival, our minds are allowed to drift to non-essential topics... these topics are often dark and if gone unchecked can really fuck you up.

depression, anxiety, anger... i'd imagine these problems go away, or arent perceived as problems when the society is tribal and survival is the primary concern... not who said what about whos shoes.
 

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Human beings are designed to always want more than they have.

This is the main problem. Happiness is satisfaction with what you have. And not only does our DNA tell us we need more, the world around us bombards us with messages that we aren't enough.

It's hard to be happy because it's hard to feel like you're truly okay where you are with what you have.
 

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Maybe the extension of what I call the class of mental disorders 'social diseases'
To me these are the soft sort of harder to define and track disorders diagnosed to everyone and their brother.

What I consider serious mental disturbances tho in the brain (no). Those I think are severe either genetic or external trauma issues which can gravely effect mental health. Psychology is a rather new field of study when you consider. So there is less from history to use as examples. But I highly doubt that for example true schizophrenia is just a new thing from modern society.

The new wave of social diseases I think are the onset of too much time to even rationalize the mind into the mindset which is from contemporary society influences both instant gratification as well as social imagery.

I have noticed from my own observation (absolutely no proof or written statistics) just my own correlation study. Interestingly in assisted living care field Which I work in often those in elderly age who have dementia were white collar and used their brains a lot, many with physical crippling affliction were blue collar. Randomness.
 

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I often wonder how much illness in general has to do with contemporary diets.

Edit to add: There might be a correlation, but it's hard to measure what aspect of media is the variable which is causing this. For example, how fast information is traveling vs 50 years ago might be one way to look at it.
Is this your inner plague doctor/pathologist speaking here?

Honestly though you might have a point. Especially if ones regular diet even though it has become habit the brain strains to find the right nutrients it needs to function and thus the illnesses generated are caused by that challenge.

People chase after diets or eat whatever is around and never once stop to consider that diet can be very subjective. The same way exercise applies as well.
 
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I think the internet is a wonderful place and the exchange of information is amazing, but yes I do believe they have their bad side. Also our way of living while of course is amazing compared to the past as we are able to live without fear of our lives from nature the way we had to in the past but undoubtedly this has downsides as well. Our society puts too much emphasis on material worth,in part due to our nature but I believe it's grown way beyond that, to a degree that we could control if we will it. To summarize:

- High degrees of competition (aggressive or passive) in many aspects of our lives (looks, knowledge, material worth, spiritual worth etc) and with people we may never even meet (media role models, social media, etc). This twists perception on what is important for each individual's real desires.
- stressing to earn currency (that changes value constantly) to protect our basic needs (housing, heat, water, food)
- artificially created needs related to consuming and spending money that don't necessarily provide an benefit or improvement in our lives (not talking about hobbies and things we choose to enrich our lives)
- general fast-paced way of living, working long hours, spending long hours to commute, having to keep up with a multitude of things that do not relax us. The places where people live the longest have very different way of lives from the rest of the world, and besides their diets, live slower-paced and enjoy life more (Top 5 Places Where People Live the Longest)

Other things to consider
- genetic/inherited mental disease susceptibility
- mental illness as a secondary disease to other health issues or acute life circumstances
 
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Psychological liquidation in sabotage centres disguised as schools and families is a major cause of mental issues.

People traumatized by sabotage centres disguised as schools and families are owed by society a massive compensation for the abuse, even more massive compensation for loss of heath due to abuse, compensation for lost income based on average income of healthy people with the same native IQ.
 

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I think that technology and social media contribute to some people's decline in mental health. You take wit a break up for example, before social media and the internet it was a lot easier for people to end all contact with their ex and not be able to see what they were doing after the break up. Now it is much easier to see what the other person is up to or even stalk them, and I think that makes it harder to get over the break up. Of course you have the option to block them on social media, etc; but if the option is there to follow them on social media; people will use it. Not getting over you ex is not good for your mental health.

I think there are many things that contribute to decline in mental health, but I think the biggest player is our economic system. We focus way more energy on having strong economies and getting wealth than we don on building healthy societies. The capitalist system benefits the elite the most and they are a percentage of the population. Until we change the economic system I don't see mental health or addictions for that matter improving. At the same time though people have to take some responsibility for their own mental health and just blaming your problems on someone or something else isn't going to help your situation.
 
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I often wonder how much illness in general has to do with contemporary diets.
Hard to pinpoint. We do know vitamin D is linked to mental health and mood disorders (depression, seasonal depression) but otherwise it's largely unknown. Magnesium is linked to PMS in women when low, too.
Physical illness is of course, since the major disease killers are well established to be related to diet.
 

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Hard to pinpoint. We do know vitamin D is linked to mental health and mood disorders (depression, seasonal depression) but otherwise it's largely unknown. Magnesium is linked to PMS in women when low, too.
Physical illness is of course, since the major disease killers are well established to be related to diet.
There's also a link between inflammation and mental illness, so anything that de-stresses (the B vitamins, Omega 3s, Choline) can help. Also, iron deficiency can strongly affect the mind and has been shown to be related to insomnia.

The thing that I was thinking about the most, though, when making that comment is how contemporary diets tend to be comprised of processed foods, which can be difficult to digest. The neurotransmitters in the gut are directly linked to those in the brain and brain functioning in general, so that's another angle I was going with.
 
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I think it may play a part, but it isn't the core cause of mental illness. Mental illness and anxiety, depression, other stressors were fairly present in past societies as well but may have been less broadcasted/talked about simply because there were less means to do so. However I do agree that the prominence of social media and constant information can very easily exacerbate underlying issues.

I personally have been diagnosed with several mental illnesses and although modern social media sometimes adds to the stress, I wouldn't say it is the main factor behind it. Genetic dispositions, early childhood experiences, previous trauma, environmental stressors from school and social circles, etc, I can see all of them playing a strong role. Mental illness is complex.
 

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I think it goes further back than that. Im a big believer in the strength of nature and of the mechanisms humans have adapted to almost automatically express. An easy way to see this perspective is to look at society today and compare it to the societies of the past and then to think about what kind of implications the changes that have occurred could have.

People are no longer following their innate drives, inclinations and "roles given to them by nature" for a multitude of reasons and that is causing a vast array of psychological trouble. Do not underestimate the body's ability and the ability of the subconscious mechanisms to stir shit up if they think that something is amiss.
 
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