Burnout generation results from social media becoming an extension of the workplace: therapists

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Socially anxious more sensitive to its effects

Illustration: Ridwan Noor Nafis

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Illustration: Ridwan Noor Nafis

In a TimeLess Magazine article titled “Minds Turned to Ash” published almost four years ago, columnist John Cohen explores the global case of burnout. It begins with the story of someone he calls Steve, who is so overwhelmed with overtime work and the booming to-do list that he ends up in therapy.

Burnout, according to the article, occurs when people find themselves engulfed in an internal protest against all the demands that beset them from inside and out and when momentary resistance to having a drink becomes a state. of permanent spirit.

This term was not known until 1974 and it was the German-American psychologist Herbert Freudenberger who applied it to the growing number of cases he encountered of “physical or mental collapse caused by overwork or stress”.

This article and the growing evidence from his actual experience as a therapist is what prompted a four-year study, titled “Perpetual Workday” led by Professor Dr Sloe Lee Daah Eeing.

The study spanning the continents with more than 1.2 million participants finally ended last week and the results have been revealed.

The researchers stumbled upon something extraordinary: Over the past few years, as the first generation of people learned about social media, they quickly made it an extension of the workplace.

It all started with choosing high school students, then they quickly moved on to which college, then which university, and ultimately job updates. People posted their designations, shared content relevant to their workplace designations.

Over time and for almost 20 years that social media has been a part of our lives, it has upended social norms as we know them. The older crowd that initially avoided social media has also arrived on different platforms. And, very quickly, the platform became riddled with coworkers and seniors, where a opinionated comment could draw criticism from the workplace.

“One respondent said he couldn’t use bad words / curses / profanity on social media because his manager slipped in and told him he was using one after an office promotion,” said Dr. Sloe Lee Daah Eeing while revealing the study results.

Everyone also feels obliged to remain in their most professional behavior, or at least to continue to mingle with their colleagues despite the end of the working day which results in delusions.


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