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Healthy Usage of Social Media for Mentally Bound

Most champion healthy communication as the principal means and signpost of conquering mental illness. However, when considering separate methods of socializing, technological or social media resonate as the most or almost most accessible. Not many consider the shortcomings or obstacles that come along with certain impediments, like mental illness when signing up for different platforms. Across the many sources there exists quintessential features that hallmark their own modern method of social communication. These features include but also transcend the limits of image sharing, video sharing, viable text messaging, commenting bot or spam and phishing control. These criteria, as well as others serve as the standard for the sites which represent key opportunities for networking amongst the mentally bound.

Perhaps a major beneficial undertaking for these sites occurs as artificial intelligence. With some sorts of safeguard against erratic or out of character posts. Regardless, there remain a lot of options for social media. 21SCHIZM intends to analyze and refine those options. For the purpose of helping one make a  healthy decision toward their next recreational social endeavors. Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, and TikTok  constitute the sites analyzed for this series.

How to Know When One is Ready to Unbound Enough to Rebound on Social Media

Not all times represent the best time for rebounding on social media. The user must first define a baseline for when they remain best apt to deal with the pressures occurring alongside reconnecting. This means identifying and managing a team spurred of one’s own volition. Working toward the goal of reestablishing healthy outlets of communication. Consistent participation in one’s own treatment plan remains of the utmost importance. This manifests by means of taking prescribed medications. Following up with doctors, and coping with proper mechanisms. Social media need not serve as a substitute for in person communication. Only a supplement for maintaining social relationships. Within one’s team the role of monitor reigns as extremely pertinent. The order of subsequent analysis overseeing certain social media sites follows according to the greatest amount or population of followers to least.

Facebook as Social Media for Mentally Bound

Facebook boasts a monthly active followership of 2.9 billion according to Buffer, a reputable tech blog. Finding oneself as a user of this 2.9 billion does not require much. Besides the first name, last name, valid email address, password, gender and birth date. Posting content requires consistent account access and valid possession of content or sourcing. The content posted also must abide by the somewhat lax content restrictions. These content restrictions include nudity or other sexually suggestive content, hate speech, credible threats or direct attacks on an individual or group, content that contains self-harm or excessive violence. Requirement of being at least 13 years old in most cases presents another restriction. Possible content outlets consist of status posts on one’s page, photo or video posts, events planning, associations with certain exclusive and open groups, an online marketplace, archiving of content for viewing later.

Use by the mentally bound exhibits as a source of keeping in contact with those whom the  individual chooses, ”friends.” On the site, social connections need only require a “friend request” from either party. Furthermore, possible pressures include cyberbullying, moreso for the younger generations. Sentiments of missing out depending on how active one remains in the day to day activities displayed online. Also anxiety of putting one’s self out there serves as a consequence. 

However, certain positives exist beyond just average social connection. Searching for groups with similar interests reveals a wealth of opportunity. Leaving a negative impact on one’s reputation during an episode seems more difficult due to the population count. Protection from bots and phishing attempts present less than optimal outlooks. Facebook Messenger may leave the user too available to malicious cyber attacks. Overall the usage interface for the mentally bound with considerations of features, pressures, and malware chalks up to a ranking of 9 out of 10 for the mentally sound and a 7 out of 10 for the mentally bound. 

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Instagram as Social Media for Mentally Bound

Monthly activity for Instagram totals around 2 billion users. Amongst these popular social media sites, one will not find stringent criteria for signing up. Instagram requires an email address or phone number, username, password, or more simply a Facebook account. Both Facebook and Instagram conglomerate under the incorporation referred to as Meta. User content management arrays into a variety of forms. Unless solicited by the user, Instagram accounts remain on the internet forever. However options for deletion entail temporary disabling or full deletion with a buffer of 30 days for retrieval. Also Instagram requires their users don at least the age of 13. Content restrictions contest the attacks of abuse based on race, ethnicity, national origin, sex, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, disability or disease. Furthermore other ideations unwelcome include glorification or encouragement of self-injury, including eating disorders.

Although, Instagram appeals to the more narcissistic types. The site still welcomes an abundance of backgrounds. From the mentally bound to the mentally sound. None may contend that Instagram does not represent a more efficient and effective source for putting one’s best face forward. The whole site exists only for the purpose of distributing one’s internet persona and brand. The methods entail photo output of course, video “story” sharing, commenting, and direct messaging.

In order to initiate contact the user must follow the intended recipient. After this the recipient must oblige by allowing the follow and voila the rest remains seamless. Benefits for the mentally bound include keeping up with those who one follows. Hand in hand with this comes the ability for others to keep up with your activities. Moreover cyberbullying endures stringent observation on this site. Bots and phishing however run rampant across this  website with lesser policing. In summation, Instagram deserves a 10 out of 10 for the mentally sound and 7 out of 10 for the mentally bound.

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Twitter as Social Media for Mentally Bound

Now twitter represents the most text heavy and image deficient of the three currently mentioned titans. Nevertheless its backing yields a mass of 436 million monthly active users. Signing up requires an email address or phone number and password. Also ages younger than 13 stand as invalid for registration. The services allotted by the system tout the website’s trademarked pinnacle, the tweet which works like a caption or status post. Furthermore the service facilitates direct messaging, a profile picture, and following. Aside from this, one must consider restrictions related to violence concerns, terrorism, extremism, child sexual exploitation, harassment’s, hateful conduct, perpetrators of violent attacks, suicide, self-harm, graphic violence, adult content, illegal goods or services.

Twitter also totes a few limits for account usage and upkeep. Users may only send 1000 direct messages a day. One must only tweet 2400 times a day. The site allows 4 email changes for an account per day and 400 follows per a day.

In terms of dealing with the mentally bound, connecting proves less invasive and more thought intensive. By less invasive, one means to attest that perhaps one may feel less anxiety on an image deficient site. Spot judgments appear as too simple on a site like Instagram. Perhaps with more focus and intent placed on statements, statuses or tweets. Positive outcomes may ensue. The lack of pressure on visual aesthetic remains replaced by scrutiny upon actual vocalizations of thought.

Under the tweet feature one may post GIFs, links, videos, images, polls and more. The highlight of this website emerges through the text organization and design. Similar tweets and responses follow a designation as threads, similar to what one finds in internet forums. Twitter features a lists option which allows for users to identify topics they express interest in and interact with other users with similar traits. The search feature allows the locating of all relevant content posted on the site in one localized search engine. Bots are prominent on this site. Overall this site deserves a 6 out of 10 for mentally sound and 9 out of 10 for the bound.

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TikTok as Social Media for Mentally Bound

Mental bondage serves as a possible repository for creativity. TikTok with its 1 billion monthly active users bastions some of these creatives. Though not as established as behance or performance art. The followership of TikTok evokes a community of quirky, unique and cultural individuals. In short videos usually involve music and dance. Registration criteria entails date of birth, password, username and email. Once again, barred usage of those under the age of 13 persists. 1 name change every 30 days. One may go live only if they retain at least 1000 followers. Videos must be 1-60 seconds. Users only allotted 3 accounts. 500 likes are allowed per a day. Follow up to 200 users per day. Automated removal of graphic sexual content and violence also are featured.

This site, while aesthetically and enticing, emerges as fairly simple. The output of short video content, direct messaging, following and live broadcast serve as the only amenities. The goal of the website seems to converge toward the common goal of going viral. TikTok also remains a victim to a high risk of bots.

This site generally attracts more from the younger generations. Regardless, new ideas constantly surface and this site contends as the trendsetter for all the other social media sites. The mentally bound gain the ability to ascertain some sorts of normalcy or belonging on this site. All kinds of shenanigans receive welcome here. Rightly so, as such a site seems long overdue. This site clinches a 9 out of 10 for mentally sound and 10 out of 10 for the mentally bound.

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Schizoid on Social Media

The Schizoid’s (Maf the author) experience on social media really does not measure up to any of these rankings. The Schizoid endures consistent attacks on his life by his illness. During the lapses of these attacks is when the Schizoid finds activity on social media most prominent. During these lapses the Schizoid has released tirades of which, bare sensical reasoning, would defy by all means. Also experiencing interactions which emerge as extremely peculiar and unusual or strange.

The same content the site supposedly bars from public posts. Serves as open season for the private messaging platforms. This is unfortunate for the schizoid as he per the voices has sent explicit content and messages to friends, followers, and even relatives. No matter the relationship, schizophrenia expresses no filter or discretion. The Schizoid’s usage of all of these platforms carries no discrepancy. The Schizoid’s ranking of the sites listed follows as Twitter, Facebook, TikTok, and Instagram.

Boring Millennial on Social Media

On the other hand the Boring Millennial (Mayo, Maf’s brother) expressed much more positive sentiments on social media usage. His activity on each site ranged from a multitude of purposes. On Twitter, his favorite, he identified this as a news outlet and trend notification service. TikTok, next on the millennial’s list, assisted in providing quick entertainment and nearby event location.

The Millennial listed Instagram as third and highlighted usage for general passive communication. Finally, was Facebook, used for birthdays. He affirmed registration as simple enough. He expressed dissatisfaction with the copyrighting issues and context does not always translate through social media. So thoughts must be tapered or filtered.

Final Thoughts on Social Media and the Mentally Bound 

No matter what the circumstance humans are social beings. Long breadths of solitary nature impede proper health. Identifying appropriate ways to interact with each other breeds productive behavior. Whether it be Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, or Twitter, electronic communication bridges the gaps between miles of physical obstacles. Seamless registration amongst all of these services initiates the relationship. What follows afterward only can be left up to the user. Options abound including the aforementioned features. These sites intend to facilitate safe and easy relations. Judging by their reputations they have not failed. When adding the intention of being inclusive toward those with mental illness. They simply excel by all means.

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