Coping with stress is always made much worse when communication anxiety enters the picture.
Do you suffer from communication anxiety?
If you do, you are not alone. Marketing guru, Faith Popcorn, author of the Popcorn Report, says that people are growing increasingly scared of leaving their homes. She explains many people believe the world is a big, bad, scary place and they would rather stay at home and use social media to communicate. In fact, one in three marriages start with an online relationship according to Socialnomic author Erik Qualman.
The social networking craze of Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Linked In, SnapChat, Instagram and text messaging has taken over. It's no longer a fad. More than 1 billion people are actively using Facebook every month and there are now over 700 million cell phones in use in India. Communication through social media is now mainstream and will only become more entrenched as time passes. It seems people are fed up with big business dictating their lives and they just want to hear from their friends, people they already know and trust.
For years, communication anxiety posed a real problem for people, but no more. The new methods to cope with stress and communication anxiety are here to stay.
Regardless of how much easier life has become since social media came on the scene, there are some challenges with it as well. It seems people who were formerly terrified to communicate in person are now throwing caution to the wind and letting it all hang out, so to speak.
People seem to be much more brave when they don't have to meet a person face to face, so they easily share personal information and oftentimes are far more aggressive sending hateful texts and social media posts and tweets.
Of course, we all know that social media has also given a whole new face to bullying with the horrific practices of cyber-bullying out in full force.
If you haven't already checked it out, you might want to pick up a copy of Erik Qualman's book called Socialnomics. Erik discusses, in great detail, the social media revolution and how people all over the world are avoiding communication anxiety and dealing with stress better than they ever have before. Like anything, it seems to come down to how you leverage the new technology to help you in coping with stress rather than letting it control you and your life as in the case of social media addictions and cyber-bullying.