Facebook Your Problems

For the past few years, memes such as this have been making the rounds on social media, more specifically Facebook. If I may speak frankly, this slogan is complete and total bullshit. 

Everyone has their own ways of expressing emotions. Some of us write, sing or use photography as a means of cathartic release. Then there are those of us who take to social media to share our problems. I don’t necessarily think that’s a bad thing. 

I’m guilty of facebooking my problems. I ‘bleed’ all over my page, over-sharing personal information when I’m upset. I send subliminal messages when I’m mad at friends. I have even gone as far as to post suicidal rants on my page. I’ve seen other people do the same and while you can dismiss some of these posts as the narcissistic ramblings of an attention whore, some of these posts are a legitimate cry for help. 

Instead of telling people to keep their problems off Facebook, let’s give them a listening ear and a secure place to share their troubles. There are plenty of people who don’t have the luxury of therapists. What if social media is the only outlet they have to express their pain? What if we had taken killer’s threats to harm others on social media seriously? I think a lot of suicides and homicides could be prevented. 

No matter how you choose to reach out to someone, make sure you reach out if you need help. The next time you see someone hurting, sacrifice a small part of your day to help them instead of ostracizing them. You might save a life.