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Old 10-28-10, 06:56 PM   #1
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Moments ago I got a burst of anger, and felt so angry I repeatedly punched myself in the back of the neck, I didn't hurt myself but had to release the anger somewhere. I leapt into bed and punched the bed too. In my mind I yelled at myself, "I want to fucking break my skull" and screamed - silently but I could hear whisper-soft screeches.

I feel calmer now but I get these bursts of anger regularly, not necessarily punching myself but feeling my blood pressure shoot up, or rapidly pace around the room, needing to release the anger somewhere.

What I saw was an article about parents being upset at texting/Facebook, I saw comments like:

"It's the same situation now, you can complain about ipods and Facebook...but you're not gonna win the culture war against your kids."

"I'm a college student so I'm use to being on the go with classes, club, activities, trips, and so forth. I also have a Facebook and all of the friends that I have on there I know and talk to in real life. "
I never went to clubs, activities, Facebook, go figure.

"WOW! This Article is very stupid. This is another generation not the 50's. My grades are great and I text about 4000 to 5000 a month... Thats how we connect and learn alot of Technology that you as grown-up cant do on your own."
Fuck people hate their elders so much!

"This is a stupid article. First off texting and Facebook all has to do with writing, expression, reading, and being social... We want kids to read, well they are... You want creating and exploring? It happens all the time through these new mediums. When texting and using facebook you are actually thinking."
Fuck that's why I can't even think!

"Facebook and texting is just the next step up on the social evolutionary ladder."
Damn right! I'm not even a PERSON! I'm a less evolved LOSER!

"people who dont let their kids utalize these mediums, are raising this country's future nerds, have fun letting your kids become ostracized because of their ignorant old school parents"
Damn right I'm ostracized. But not my parents fault. Because I'm born a loner!

"We are being told that if we want to get a job we need to know how to do these things. This is just the way of the future. You had better know these things or you are in trouble. Use tech wisely, but do use it, or you will be in the stone ages."
Fuck, more proof that I'll never have a job, because it's impossible!

Typing this is making me angrier again...
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Old 10-28-10, 07:30 PM   #2
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Hi Cactus,

For what it's worth, I can't actually think of a job that requires the ability to text or use Facebook. Looks to me like these kids have a bit of a culture shock waiting just round the corner.

Here's a bit of nonsense you might enjoy:

YouTube - The IT Crowd | Friendface | Channel 4
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Old 11-27-10, 06:32 PM   #3
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Sorry to bump but I just saw this. This is a new low even for stupid Web headlines! This article:

Alpha Consumer
How to use social media to improve your career.
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FUCK YOU! But at least the media's being honest, it's all consumption! You must consume to not be a loser. Consume and buy lots and lots because friends are bought. If you're not an "alpha consumer" you are a born loser! Fuck, I overheard even a McDonald's worker talking about Facebook and having friends, I can't even work in fast food because I can't use social networking.

I leapt into bed and screamed, punched the bed, myself. Social media is genocide for loners.

Also saw this: "Your Recession WeaponSee how education can help you avoid the negative effects of the recession." Bullshit. Education is a scam to make you buy pieces of paper.
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Honestly social networking sites really have no impact on your ability to be able to to a job. I worked at a McDonalds. Yeah people there had facebooks, but being able to take care of digital crops and post on people's facebook walls didn't equate to them being able to do their job correctly. Usually the only time that a social networking site will impact a job is if someone has pictures of them doing something illegal like drinking underage. Or the occasional person who forgets they've friended their boss/coworkers and makes a status update about a coworker/boss or the "sick day" they took. Even then, I think it is rare.

Social networking can be used to improve your career if you're running your own business and are looking for more customers or clients. It doesn't hinder you though. Really I think you would be fine to get a job even if you don't use facebook or social networking sites.

As for education as a weapon against the effects of the recession... you're right, its sort of a scam. People with college degrees are working in fast food restaurants just to have a job.
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All people are of equal worth and have value. No one is a "loser". I don't think I'm a "loser" (although some people at school might disagree). I really don't know how to use facebook. And the media is not honest. They want you to buy things so they can make money. They want you to FEEL LIKE you need to buy stuff and use their websites and look at their advertisements to be cool. Don't let them feed off your depression.
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Facebook sucks. Mobile phones suck. They have dehumanized humans so much. It's all part of the cancer that is unmitigated capitalism...

Be happy you are free of capitalist brainwashing ^_^
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why does it matter what other people do or say? just do you and what you feel is necessary. the internet and facebook seem more and more silly to me as well but they still have many uses so why not take advantage?

i think you know very well that you can get a job at mcdonald's, or anywhere else for that matter, without having a facebook. as for people talking about old school mentalities, joking around isn't the same thing as hating. what you're doing is considered hating, and its something you need to let go.

i'm pretty sure you also know that texting isn't the only way to think, and that there are plenty of dumb people that text non-stop, as well as smart people.

not having a facebook does not make you less socially evolved. however, having this type of a grudge and boxing yourself into these categories is going to make people less fond of you.

social media is NOT genocide for loners because a true loner wouldn't care! if anything from what i've seen, its given socially awkward people that want to be social a chance to do so. facebook is also not a paysite so i don't see what consumerism has to do with anything. i actually had more friends when i wore cheap clothing and my cellphone looked like it came straight out of the mid 90s, so maybe you're just looking at a certain group of people.

as for college I do have to agree that there are many people that are misled and that will get nothing but headaches and debt from it. that is also because we live in a competitive society, and in many fields if you don't have an education you're not competing. i'm pretty sure you wouldn't want to have an uneducated surgeon performing on you, or an uneducated lawyer defending you. at the same time- bill gates, steve jobs, kanye west and myself are all college dropouts.

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why does it matter what other people do or say? just do you and what you feel is necessary. the internet and facebook seem more and more silly to me as well but they still have many uses so why not take advantage?
Because if I make a Facebook account it'll have 0 friends on it, unless if I add nothing but advertisers. I'm revealing the fact that I'm a loner to every single person in the world. I can't take advantage.

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i think you know very well that you can get a job at mcdonald's, or anywhere else for that matter, without having a facebook.
No. At least it's much more unlikely, because most jobs are found though networking or contacts. Everyone has a role model, someone they can talk to. I've heard of fast food applications that make you list your hobbies -but guess what? I have none!

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as for people talking about old school mentalities, joking around isn't the same thing as hating. what you're doing is considered hating,
What is joking? What is hating? It's all hating to me. These "jokes" have ostracized me and forced me to become a hermit.

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and its something you need to let go.
Yeah, if I fucking kill myself.

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however, having this type of a grudge and boxing yourself into these categories is going to make people less fond of you.
People have not been fond of me since I was born. Besides I don't show this grudge to other people (not like I ever have a chance to meet people), I only say it on TTL.

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social media is NOT genocide for loners because a true loner wouldn't care!
It is because I'll eventually starve because of it. I have to work and I can't because social media forces me to be a loner forever. Besides I'll die without ever being married, having descendants, or friends. No one will know when I die.

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if anything from what i've seen, its given socially awkward people that want to be social a chance to do so.
How? You can make an account but you can't add friends unless if you make multiple fake accounts and add them to yourself.

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facebook is also not a paysite so i don't see what consumerism has to do with anything. i actually had more friends when i wore cheap clothing and my cellphone looked like it came straight out of the mid 90s, so maybe you're just looking at a certain group of people.
It encourages you to buy smartphones which cost at least $50/month for a 3 year plan. But people have friends to begin with because of consumerism. They have hobbies from looking at ads and buying stuff. Facebook encourages adding advertisers, Tweeting them to your friends, liking someone better because they like the same products. Not sure how you had friends, but I mean people in general. I'm locked up indoors permenantly. How do I escape that? I can't.

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i'm pretty sure you wouldn't want to have an uneducated surgeon performing on you,
I can't even afford a surgeon so it doesn't matter. Or medical school.
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or an uneducated lawyer defending you.
They get there from having a job to begin with, that is from having contacts in the legal industry.
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at the same time- bill gates, steve jobs, kanye west and myself are all college dropouts.
Yeah, they didn't need education, but they were popular with a lot of friends/business contacts. So it doesn't matter.

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I'm sorry, there are two things you mentioned that I had something to say about. Hopefully its alright even though you were responding to someone else's post.

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No. At least it's much more unlikely, because most jobs are found though networking or contacts. Everyone has a role model, someone they can talk to. I've heard of fast food applications that make you list your hobbies -but guess what? I have none!
Yes, a lot of people do find jobs through networking and contacts. But just as many people find them by looking themselves. If you're talking fast food jobs you can get those easily by just applying on the company websites. With sites like snagajob and others its easy to look and apply for jobs without even having contact with anyone. As for hobbies, I've applied for tons of fast food type jobs and don't think I have ever been asked for those on an application. But if an application does ask, make some up. Applying for jobs is all about working things in your favor. If you've been swimming a few times and kind of enjoyed it, list swimming as a hobby. Music, reading, movies all of these are common hobbies. If you put them down a possible employer isn't going to ask you to list ten bands you enjoy listening to.

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It encourages you to buy smartphones which cost at least $50/month for a 3 year plan. But people have friends to begin with because of consumerism. They have hobbies from looking at ads and buying stuff. Facebook encourages adding advertisers, Tweeting them to your friends, liking someone better because they like the same products. Not sure how you had friends, but I mean people in general. I'm locked up indoors permenantly. How do I escape that? I can't.

I can't speak for other people, but I don't like people better because they like the same products as I do. I used to like to swim. But it didn't matter if my friends wore the same brand swimsuit I liked. As long as they were wearing something it didn't matter what. It was more that we shared a common love for the act of swimming. Not all hobbies require consumerism either. I love to walk. Alone, with people, with animals, it doesn't matter. Its free, and its fun. You say you're locked up indoors permanently. Do you mind if I ask you if you mean that literally?
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facebook really isnt a necessity, and many jobs can be gotten simply by asking for an application and handing in your resume (or applying online). i have just about nothing on my resume and yet because of the way its worded and how it looks, or simply because the standards aren't all that high for retail, i get the interview. i also didn't have to say a thing about hobbies.

the problem is you're assuming rather than doing. if you really wanted a job you'd make a whole bunch of copies of your resume and hand it in everywhere. and don't make an excuse like "they're not gonna want me" because you really have no idea what your chances are until you try.

im also not sure what you mean by feeling ostracized by the jokes. i have no idea what age you are but did you yourself grow up in the 50s? if you did then you certainly don't sound it.

as for the socially awkward people, ive seen them add people from school, people they used to talk to, sometimes family. but as long as they're not completely bitter it turns out a lot of them are different than what they appear to be since they were too inhibited to express themselves out in the real world. ive seen people that were really annoying or just plain creepy end up loosening up a bit and becoming more likeable people after finally finding the right people to hang out with.

just like facebook having a smartphone is another choice. the technology used in smart phones is pretty amazing so of course they're gonna come with a price tag, but once again they're not a necessity by any stretch, especially when it comes to getting a job. im also pretty sure people's friends aren't determined by the advertisers they choose to "like". i have yet to see someone losing a friend over not being friends with the same facebook advertiser.

as for contacts, they can be established in many ways, and still aren't necessary for many jobs. a lot of contacts are made through school which can include college. plenty of people are unable to afford college which is why there's loans, grants, scholarships and such. many schools will work for you to ensure that you get a job placement or at least an internship.

your view on life is very distorted. if you're actually a loner and don't want friends then social networking shouldn't bother you at all. you can't get a job if you don't apply for them. if the job hunt doesn't work out then work on your resume, whether its by fixing the wording or by volunteering/interning.
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