Russia, Ukraine, social media and your sanity

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The Russian-Ukrainian question has reached its peak and is visible everywhere you see. Whether social media, news portals, TV news channels or newspapers, updates are everywhere. More so, there is less updating and more repetition of clips from Ukraine.

I checked Instagram last night and kept scrolling through all the content regarding the Russia-Ukraine situation. This got me to a point where I searched for meme pages that I follow just to go see something else. However, even these pages contain memes around Putin and videos about Ukraine. It’s basically a situation you can’t escape.

I strongly believe that everyone should be aware of the turn of events and keep up to date, but I also understand the mental effect that social media can have on people as everything is flooded with war news. Staying current is a choice, and I believe it should only be that way. You don’t need to be dragged into a whirlwind of desperation because some page wants “content”.

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Social networks have changed a lot since the beginning. Also earlier, I wrote about how my friendly Facebook neighborhood disappeared and was replaced by an extremely capable echo chamber. And the effects of Instagram on mental health are also not hidden from anyone.

There is also a matter of rampant misinformation. Chances are that the videos you watch on social media are fake or from an older era. So, if you want to stay up to date with events, follow reliable news sources and get updates from there.

Recent coverage shows videos of a former Russian air show being released as clips of the Russian-Ukrainian crisis. Unfortunately, events continue to escalate, so be prepared for more gory, more engaging, and most importantly, more fake content to come your way.

Your mental health matters!

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I’m sorry if this piece also reminds you of the tragedy of that time but it’s also the reality. So you find your social media/TV feeds/YouTube recommendations flooded with this content anytime, take a break. We have overcome the worst and we will overcome this too. But your health, time, and mental peace should also be a top concern.

Peace is and should be the only answer. Especially in a civilization that aspires to do what we do and build what we have built. In the words of Mahatma Gandhi, the world has enough for everyone’s needs, but not enough for everyone’s greed.

In this time of turmoil, I’m not saying to close your eyes, but to blink. Blinks a lot. Because if you don’t blink, your vision will blur with tears, and it will hurt to see. So watch the news whenever you want. Otherwise, grab a book, gulp down a series, watch a movie, and let your mind flicker. It’s a difficult time but it’s also a time when we’re learning to live with a pandemic and not everyone is ready for it.

If you or someone you know is feeling overwhelmed by social media, consider sharing this article. And if at any point that seems like too much, pause, hug your loved ones, and pray that this situation will deescalate before there is no more loss. Peace.

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