10 Signs You’re Highly Sensitive to Social Media
Many users of social media report a range of unhappy feelings.
Are you highly sensitive to social media? Do you know someone in your life who’s negatively impacted by social media?
According to research, there’s often an emotional price when one feels highly sensitive to social media stimuli. Many users of social media report feelings including unhappiness, envy, insecurity, rejection, vulnerability, and depression. Some studies conclude that social media may have an especially adverse emotional impact on women.
Below are ten signs that you’re highly sensitive to social media, with references from my books: “Are You Highly Sensitive? How to Gain Immunity, Peace, and Self-Mastery(link is external)” and “How to Communicate Effectively with Highly Sensitive People(link is external)“. While many people may experience some of these signs from time to time, someone who’s highly sensitive to social media will likely “feel too often” and “feel too deep” while browsing. Some individuals may be highly sensitive to just one or two stimuli, while others may be strongly affected by more on the list:
- Often experiences negative thoughts and emotions while browsing.
- Often worries about what others think of your posts.
- Is afraid of being rejected, such as people ignoring, not “liking”, or negatively commenting on your posts.
- Often compares self with others when browsing, and experiences unhappy feelings from negative social comparison.
- Often feels envy or jealous over how others “advertise” their envy-worthy lifestyle.
- Often feels resentment about social media posts which seems unjust, aggravating or simply annoying.
- Feels physical symptoms (i.e. stress, tension, anxiety) while browsing.
- Takes other people’s posts, or others’ response to your posts personally (i.e. “they just want to show-off to me!”, “they didn’t click ‘like’ on purpose!”)
- Continues to browse social media, even when it causes you to experience upset.
- Feels lingering unhappiness about what you saw on social media, even after you’re off-line.
For many highly sensitive people, the key to managing oversensitivity is to utilize emotional immunity and sensory immunity strategies (see references below), to smartly calm and alleviate over-stimulation. For those who live or work with highly sensitive individuals, effective communication skills are a must to foster positive and constructive relationships.