This is from psychology today and the reason I am posting this is to clarify the benefit. There are opinions out there that social media is isolating or not as beneficial as face to face relationships. That simply is not true. Penpals were popular when I grew up, cousins that lived on 4K acres in Australia and school was called " school of the air " and they only flew ( yep ) to see neighbors about every 4 months. The rest of the time it was letters or the CB. People with disabilities are often excluded from being involved in society for a variety of reasons but joining an online group expands knowledge and a support group a lifeline. I know from my own children, 92 year old Mother that has reached out to other elderly relatives and for the first time having a great time sharing as distance is a non-issue.
We in the Circle are a needed group that provides support when we need it most.
Here is from Psychology Today.
One of the most positive aspects of online communication is the availability of support groups that may not have parallel face-to-face groups in your area. One of the reasons that support groups are so effective in helping people feel hopeful and supported in making changes is the sense that the people in the room have empathy with you as you face whatever struggle has brought you all into the group. Whether it’s substance abuse, depression, grief and loss, overeating, depression, anxiety, etc., not all of your friends would feel comfortable having conversations about these concerns. There’s a huge stigma still attached to these types of issues . . . we worry about being branded “mentally ill” and viewed as “defective” or “less than” when we openly discuss our emotional challenges or behavior/mood issues. This “covert overt” set-up is like the best possible environment for those individuals who feel the need to “tell someone,” but fear how their f-2-f friends/families would react. The fear of shame is a powerful motivator – rather than admit weakness, many people would rather falsely admit strength or being “okay” when they are far from “okay.” Having an online community can provide needed support that may not exist in real life.
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