Internet forums can help those in distress according to a new study

Internet forums can help those in distress: [url=http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-24726520]http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-24726520[/url]

Yeah, it can be true...
Also cigarettes help a lot, actually...

Welcome back, Crystal. Cigarettes can help, but they'll end up hurting you in the long-run. I'm sure you know that nicotine is the active ingredient in cigarettes. Why don't you try pure nicotine instead?

One of the advantages of these forums is the fact that you're never going to find someone that you know here (it would be a strange coincidence), so the anonimity and the fact that there are people willing to help is one of the good things about these forums.
On the other hand, I don't think this applies to social neworking, such as facebook, twitter, myspace and etc., obviously because the people there are not willing to help and they're just there to be completely narcissistic and fake. For example, I've had my FB account deactivated for a few days and I've noticed my stress and anxiety are lower now.

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One of the advantages of these forums is the fact that you're never going to find someone that you know here (it would be a strange coincidence), so the anonimity and the fact that there are people willing to help is one of the good things about these forums.
On the other hand, I don't think this applies to social neworking, such as facebook, twitter, myspace and etc., obviously because the people there are not willing to help and they're just there to be completely narcissistic and fake. For example, I've had my FB account deactivated for a few days and I've noticed my stress and anxiety are lower now.
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I definitely agree with you on this. Anonymity lets us express ourselves without fear of being judged or whatnot. In real life you wouldn't exactly start discussing personal matters with a group of strangers unless you were absolutely sure you weren't going to see those people, like if you're visiting a Country. On the other hand, people can be quite negative, as you said, completely narcissistic and fake. It's a double-edged sword.

Ah Facebook, yes it can be quite a stressful site. Were you updating your statutes and had anxiety that someone might judge you?

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One of the advantages of these forums is the fact that you're never going to find someone that you know here (it would be a strange coincidence), so the anonimity and the fact that there are people willing to help is one of the good things about these forums.
On the other hand, I don't think this applies to social neworking, such as facebook, twitter, myspace and etc., obviously because the people there are not willing to help and they're just there to be completely narcissistic and fake. For example, I've had my FB account deactivated for a few days and I've noticed my stress and anxiety are lower now.
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I definitely agree with you on this. Anonymity lets us express ourselves without fear of being judged or whatnot. In real life you wouldn't exactly start discussing personal matters with a group of strangers unless you were absolutely sure you weren't going to see those people, like if you're visiting a Country. On the other hand, people can be quite negative, as you said, completely narcissistic and fake. It's a double-edged sword.

Ah Facebook, yes it can be quite a stressful site. Were you updating your statutes and had anxiety that someone might judge you?
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Well, these forums are designed to help other people with their issues. If you've joined, it's because you want to help and listen. It's more difficult to be self-conceited and narcissistic because you won't post the pictures of the places/countries/nightclubs/etc you've visited (like FB or MySpace).
I was reading an article about it the other day and it said that most people project an image of perfection and flawlessness there. At least, in these forums, you can openly be yourself and leave the perfection thing aside.

Well, most people I had there knew I was strange. I totally posted things that some would never post and all, but what caused me anxiety was the fact that it made me a little bit paranoid. I had a small number of friends, but some people added me and I stopped feeling safe there (despite I changed the settings and didn't let them see my profile). Since I deactivated the account, I haven't been worried about gossipmongers and curious individuals.

It was all about paranoia...

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Yeah, it can be true...
Also cigarettes help a lot, actually...[/quote]
 
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One of the advantages of these forums is the fact that you're never going to find someone that you know here (it would be a strange coincidence), so the anonimity and the fact that there are people willing to help is one of the good things about these forums.
On the other hand, I don't think this applies to social neworking, such as facebook, twitter, myspace and etc., obviously because the people there are not willing to help and they're just there to be completely narcissistic and fake. For example, I've had my FB account deactivated for a few days and I've noticed my stress and anxiety are lower now.[/quote]

Just really wanted to make the point that [b]quitting cigarettes[/b] was (I think) what pushed me over the cliff from a depession & anxiety point of view. I was smoking almost 40 a day when I quit. Perhaps I went the wrong way about it by just stopping outright  and I certainly wouldn't recommend quitting this way if your depressed to start with.

As for Facebook I won't go near the place any longer. The whole Facebook experience just served to compound my problems what with people telling me how good lfe is and bragging about what they have and where they have been!

I very much believe internet forums can help those in distress - I also know users should proceed with caution.

Well, it's a good thing that you've stopped. Besides, 40 cigarettes was too much! 😮 
But you're right. It's much better to quit progressively until you don't need it anymore. If you go cold turkey, that'll cause more harm than good.

I did the same with FB. It creates a lot of stress and anxiety. Moreover, if you're not a social person, what's the point of it???

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