Welcome back to the Healthy Life Podcast... have you thought about the power and importance that you give to social media in your life? How much time do you devote to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and or other options ? Do you look or notice the numbers of likes or comments? You hear a lot from people but what are their qualifications or reasons for responses or interaction.
I must confess until I invested in a VPN I was not involved much in my ability to access social media. I spend 9 months out of the year in China where everything related to western social media is blocked. I primarily used Facebook as a way to see photos and keep up with friends and family. I started joining stroke groups to learn what people were saying regarding their experience and to try to reach out and help. I feel as if I have an ability to listen and relate. I spend my life now focused on the healing and rehabilitation of others... not as a job... but I volunteer and give of my time because I believe no one should have to suffer as I did.
So why are people flocking to social media venues and do they help? Well the first question is a resounding... “because it’s there and they can...” and regarding help it’s a mixed bag. Meaning that there are good and helpful responses and yet there is also a lot of unvetted hearsay and rumors. It’s easy for people to vent in this type of “online scenario” but does that help or hurt. It’s a lot easier for stroke survivors to sit at home on their computer or device and post or see what others are posting. No more having to get dressed or ready to go out. No need to fit a “meeting” into your schedule. Let’s face it, groups and social media platforms offer a lot of convenience. When I suffered my stroke social media did not exist, in fact there wasn’t even a stroke support group in my community. I took the opportunity to start one but it took time and support to make it happen.
Now days you can start a group with the click of a button and invite members or friends to join. The challenge is in the rules used to oversee the group and/or the individuals who are selected as moderators. Moderators have an increasingly challenging time implementing rules and often you see rules updated to reflect the updating societal norms.
Now the challenge is to not become dependent or addicted to social media but instead to give it the proper place in our life. But are you still “living” or are you simply choosing to exist? I know I’m in the prime of my life... I have kids, grandchildren, friends and family and still choose to be a part of all of that. I still set aside time to “workout” as it were or exercise, I work... although I’m not paid for what I do, but I’m busy and have a busy schedule. I challenge those who simply exist or spend a great amount of their time “surfing” to do something that builds into or gives to someone else. The question is seldom “if I can” but “will I?”
Well...Thanks so much for joining me as we learned about “giving power” to social media, combat the temptation to do it. And use that energy and power for others.... Remember to visit the stroke.global web site often and give us feedback!... I also hope you’ll join us tomorrow! As always it’s an honor and a pleasure sharing today.... thank you! I pray that you’ve enjoyed this podcast... we keep it brief so it’s easy to add to your day... we are on iTunes and Google Play and have links to both on our stroke.global page... please subscribe it boosts us in the ratings and helps us in being able to continue these stroke survivor podcasts.
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