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Media diet - Exploring Hypervigilance Due to Media Exposure

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I am not sure if I did something completely crazy but I bought an flip cell phone which were at rage in early 2000s. I can get and send sms and call but I have no browser in that phone. I have a work phone as a back up if I need to access those. I want to know of restricted access to online sotes and the push to be always online are contributing to symptoms. I have these continuous what-if thoughts running in my head and any war (Gaza/Ukraine/Taiwan) related news really seem to feed into them. I keep going on an on "what if I get into war done, how can I cope?" I can do my daily chores but my subconscious seems to run a mental horror movie in the background. Is this symptom of hypervigilance?
 
i miss my flip phone. it fit far better into my pocket and was far tougher for working in the field.

moving on. . .

i would call those symptoms, "withdrawal." i went through similar in the late 70's/early 80's when my therapist and i decided to try, "a media fast." in case you aren't old enough to remember, that was pre-internet, but my intake of newspapers, magazines, news broadcasts, etc., was tremendous. staying informed was contributing mightily to my emotional stability. taking media fasts had more tranquilizing power than any of the drugs i tried. i still take media fasts whenever i find myself empathizing with the latest random targeting shooters.

to this day, every media fast i have ever taken starts with a period of withdrawal carrying the symptoms you describe here. i don't even consider opening my laptop until the symptoms have been absent for a few days. i don't **let** myself cell surf. i fear i would turn into a one-eyed borg if i joined the packs of humans bowing their heads to the cell-u-light during real time social events.
 
My personal rule around media/news is that I'm only allowed to pay attention as long as I don't care / DGAF.

Because?

Another rule is that if I care... I have to actually do something about it. Not just sit/storm around whinging/working myself up about something other people are doing. Skin in the game or STFU.

It works out fairly well... in keeping my finite resources directed to areas where there is a very real answer to "What can I do to help?"

LMAO... It ALSO means that I'm usually fine to stay informed at any/all levels unless I'm sick/injured. When I want to be doing something, but cannot... is when I have the most difficulty not getting emotionally invested in things I cannot do anything about. So I close the paper & look to my own life, to find things I can do something about. Rather than wasting my time & energy doing nothing, and helping no one.

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How about you?

- What can you personally do about any of the issues you're spun up over?

- What are you willing to do?

((2 VERY different Q's))

Not saying what works for me will work for you. But someone set me a similar challenge once, which is what led me to figuring out my own personal rules / what DOES work for me.
 
I find I am more relaxed if I pay less attention to media/news/info stuff. I finally cut the cable cord and utilize free TV sites that I can control what I'm viewing. The nightly news just made me a nervous wreck.

I wasn't sure I wanted my smart phone but I pay very little attention to social media on it. I replaced Instagram with YouTube shorts & I left FB altogether. Had TikTok and SnapChat briefly. I never been on Twitter.

I miss my flip phone but, the smart phone helps me with stuff like my grocery shopping app and I can play games on it, listen to music and read books. So, it's paying off.
 
I find I am more relaxed if I pay less attention to media/news/info stuff. I finally cut the cable cord and utilize free TV sites that I can control what I'm viewing. The nightly news just made me a nervous wreck.

I wasn't sure I wanted my smart phone but I pay very little attention to social media on it. I replaced Instagram with YouTube shorts & I left FB altogether. Had TikTok and SnapChat briefly. I never been on Twitter.

I miss my flip phone but, the smart phone helps me with stuff like my grocery shopping app and I can play games on it, listen to music and read books. So, it's paying off.
I agree with you here, and that's what I did for a while. Having a social media detox has great benefits, but the thing is that everybody else uses it, and if you want to be on the same wavelength as your friends, you have to be on social media. That's why I came back, but for the two months that I had that detox, I felt better than ever
 
I agree with you here, and that's what I did for a while. Having a social media detox has great benefits, but the thing is that everybody else uses it, and if you want to be on the same wavelength as your friends, you have to be on social media. That's why I came back, but for the two months that I had that detox, I felt better than ever
Why do you have to be on the same wavelength as your friends? I'm not and I manage just fine. Isn't your well-being more important than keeping up with your friends?
 
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