Social Media and Dyspraxia  Social media has become a huge part in peoples lives, sometimes indirectly, or in my case more directly by working as a social media manager for several years. Because of my roles I have spent a lot of time creating content for social media and spent time reading or sending messages, scheduling posts or checking social media insights becoming borderline obsessed with the number of likes and comments.  I have met people with similar jobs and many also become similarly obsessed with certain aspects of their roles, but if someone has a neurological disorder such as dyspraxia, ADHD or OCD, the use of social media will affect them differently.  What is Social Media? Social media in its most basic form is about connecting and keeping in contact with people but with the emergence of different social media platforms such as Instagram launched in 2012 and more recently TikTok, social media has taken on new forms. We live in the age of instant throwaway content under pressure to create a show-reel of our in-depth and complex lives and now more than ever, because of lockdowns, people are driven further down the rabbit holes of social media and handheld devices forever connected to everything and everyone.  This connectedness has helped keep families and friends connected during an unprecedented time in living memory, so this is not a call to abolish social media or to burn your smartphones.  Is Social media unhealthy? Despite the positive aspect of being able to keep in contact with those important me, the negatives of the contact I have with people I don't know can cause me an intense period of anxiety. I also become quite obsessed with the interaction for whatever reason, and it consumes a lot of my time. A particular interaction might not be overly negative, but it still causes anxiety that is probably unwarranted, borderline unhealthy. I am affected differently depending on the subject matter, but if it is a subject I care strongly about like dyspraxia, the impact can be massively negative.  Things in moderation are supposed to be O.K. or even good for you, but people struggle with moderation, and even a moderate amount of social media can harm your health.

Social Media and Dyspraxia

Social Media and Dyspraxia Social media is a huge part in people’s lives, sometimes indirectly, or in my case more directly by working as a social media manager for several years. Because of my roles, social media and dyspraxia have been forced to collaborate. I have spent a lot of time creating content for social media […]

Positives of Dyspraxia

The Positives of Dyspraxia

Last week was Dyspraxia Awareness week, people living with dyspraxia and those around them were out in good numbers to raise both awareness and money. It was nice to see that some dyspraxics took the opportunity to use the week to highlight the positives of dyspraxia and raise money in the process. Positives of Dyspraxia  Having been on […]