Is Modern Life Creating More Emotional Distress Than People Encountered In The Past?

 

Is Modern Life Creating Much More Emotional Distress Than People Encountered In The Past?

Everywhere we turn whether it’s online, television, movies, or books we are bombarded with images of happy successful, smiling people who seems not a care in the world.

But the last few days have shown us oftentimes this is merely a facade.

Take social media for example. We see hundreds of such images a day. Members posting images of an exciting vacation, a lovely wedding, a newfound love, a brand new car or house. Everyone is smiling and happy. There’s nothing wrong with any of these thing but to the person who maybe suffering from depression, or someone who is being deprived the basic necessitates of life, or the unsuccessful person these images may be drudging to watch day after day. They may start to see their own lives as a failure. I hope no one does but I believe many see their own lives as a failure when they look around at their lives and compare them to all the “happy” images sent their way.

I thought of the question of this post because everything is measured by numbers, rankings and algorithms online. The chances of your blog being seen is measured by how many visitors you receive, bumping up place in the search engine. If you are a writer, the chance of your book being read is measured again by numbers, algorithms and don’t forget the ‘keywords’. Like for example, on Twitter it is more important to have a huge following base than people who interact with you. We all know none of these are a true yardstick by which real success is measured by but online, unfortunately it is.

Another reason the subject came to mind is a few days ago a young woman so absorbed in whatever she was doing on her IPhone that she walked right in the path of my car. Blessed for her I wasn’t going fast and stopping wasn’t hard. She wasn’t paying attention to anything other than her phone. Her startled face told me she didn’t know she was no longer on the sidewalk. I couldn’t help but wonder what was so important that she was risking life and limb to conduct?

Not that people could compare themselves to others because they couldn’t but they do and no amount of encouraging them not is going to stop them. Humans have been doing it for thousands of years. But before the age of overexposure people didn’t have as many others to compare themselves to. They only had those around them such as co-workers and neighbors but today most young people find themselves comparing themselves to the happy celebrity or  millionaire’s child who just got an expensive item or got to attended a much envied concert with a front row seat to their own favorite singer.

Psychologically, does this eventually wear a person down? Creating a sense of hopelessness? I believe it does because it is not a realistic presentation of life. I believe young people and those already suffering depression are more prone to its effects.  This is why I say depressed people could limited themselves to exposure and the parents of teenager could limited the amount of time spent online, watching televisions and etc and go out and enjoy life. There’s a whole wonderful world out there that isn’t picture perfect. You learn to take the good with the bad and learn to face the obstacles thrown your way and move on and not prognosticate everything.  Real success is measured by your yardstick not anyone else because there’s only one you.

🙂

 

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About unholypursuit

A. White, a former librarian who is also long time member of Romantic Time and Publisher's Weekly. A. White has been writing for over fifteen years. She took classes in creative writing in college, specializing in ancient myths and legends. and at a local community center while living in Chicago. In college she won the national contest to verbally list every country in the world, it's capital and ingenious language. Her works are mainly horror, fantasy, extreme, and sci-fi as well as, as some may says, "the truly strange predicament and puzzling." Books that I've written are "Clash with the Immortals, and eleven others which are part of the "Unholy Pursuit saga,". She has been working on the Chronicles since 2007. She wished to complete them all before introducing them to public so the readers wouldn't have to for the continuation to be written. The ideas of the book come from classic literature such as whose work greatly influence the world world such as Homer, Sophocles, Herodotus, Euripides, Socrates, Hippocrates, Aristophanes, Plato, Aristotle and many more. The "Book of Enoch" influenced the usage of Azazael as a main character and love interest. I created the primary main character from the Chronicle of Saints. I wanted to show them as real flesh and blood with thoughts, desires and yearning as any human. Not as they are so often depicted. So I created one of my own to show her as a real human that everyone can relate to.
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15 Responses to Is Modern Life Creating More Emotional Distress Than People Encountered In The Past?

  1. Lisa Warner says:

    I would say so. It’s getting more ridiculous every day. Social Medias has turned into some kind of Big Brother. They monitor everything you say and everything you do. Twittering is f**king ridiculous. All they want you to talk about is Trump and airheaded sh**t. Talk about anything constructive they suspense your account.

    On Sun, Jun 10, 2018 at 2:47 AM, The Novel: UnHoly Pursuit: Devil on my Tra

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  2. Lisa Warner says:

    People can send all the porn they want through it but if talk about someone make any d**anm sense that’s when they have a problem with it.

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    • Honey, I am sorry to hear that but it is hard to take to people on Twitter about anything that isn’t already a national or world sensation. If you want to talk on Twitter you have to discuss whatever the crowd is talking about if that doesn’t interest you then I that suggest you start a blog.

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  3. There’s a lot of unnecessary small things that happens in modern life creating unnecessary stress that people didn’t have access to years ago. Years ago, to find someone you had to go their physical location whereas today all you have to do is pick up the phone and call them. As with any invention to make life easier there’s always going to be misuse of it.

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    • Luke says:

      Modern life keeps everyone in a rat race to make the top 10% richer while the rest struggle to survive.

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      • Thanks for visiting. I agree.

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      • Iill says:

        My post may not go through, but that’s ok. The owner of this blog seems a very compassionate person as to why I joined it. But I think this is an hypothetical question and the answer you will get depends on who you ask? I don’t think modern life is harder on some Americans than the past. Life was much harder on African and Native Americans in the past than today. By so many agree it is shows me that so many people are still and imcompassionate to the plight of others. I do not understand how can people have so much sympathies for illegal aliens sneaking in the country and yet have none for those they know. Their fellow Americans.

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        • Lill, every one is entitled to express any truth. You are correct. To some citizens of our country the past was not more stressful than today. If we record our national past this isn’t the first time children has been separated from their parents. How soon we chose to forget. But neither case is right. Those who are illegally crossing the border doesn’t deserve to have their children taken anymore than the captive Africans deserved to have theirs taken and sold as cattle. Hopefully we learn from our past not repeat it.

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  4. lula says:

    For the poor, no it’s not more stressful for the rich and well to do. I would say yes. Many things the wealthy was once able to pay people very little to do for them to make their lives easier can not be done anymore. Things have changed in favor of the poor and minority.

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  5. lula says:

    Excuse me, I thought this blog was about the Unholy pursuit books. I have been here a while and have not seen a post discussing And and Beautiful but once. Is this turning into a blog about depression? I hope not because there are far too many out there. It’s chic nowadays to be depressed. It’s a status symbol illness.

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    • Lula thanks for inquiring, but no, the blog is still about the series but we often discuss many different subjects. Many of the subjects we discuss are addressed in the series. I can’t record exactly when you joined us but there has a few posts about the series in the last couple of weeks. You may find them if you go to the search engine and type in the subject you are interested in. I can assure you its’ still about the series. 🙂

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    • Stick around topics about Ana and Bea will surface. 🙂

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