This is a blog where I want to share my insights with everything I have learned over the past few months and which has helped me expand my professional view. Hereby I share my vision and my opinion on the topic of social media, youth, and mental health. But I also want young people to start sharing. Share how they feel and what they are experiencing in terms of mental health complaints. Share the different pressures they are feeling. Share what kind of impact the pandemic is having on them. Share it all, with each other.
About Charlotte SchuteI am someone who strongly believes that we have ended up in a society where people do not use each other the way we should anymore. Whether that is using our data with the wrong intentions or using each other to compare and put even more pressure on one another. The emergence of technology has given us a huge favor, namely accessibility to family and friends. But it has also given us enormous concerns. Concerns about choices to be made, and concerns about whether we are good enough. I think there is a solution to all the pressure we feel now and things we are experiencing: Talk about it. With each other.
After my previous blog about the life cycle, I was invited to join the corona department of the GGD for a day, which gave me many new insights. That is why I wanted to write an extra blog where I want to reflect back on certain things that were said in blog 5A and where I have now created a new opinion up on.
So many young people are experiencing so much pressure right now, that it gives them many mental health complaints. The pressure in your head where you think everything should be perfect, that you should be perfect. The pressure becomes too much for young people, which quickly causes depression and burnouts. I still believe that social media has to do with this pressure being felt even more. Purely because it gives us a lot of information that we simply wouldn't know without the online platforms.
It is time to share a new insight based on a new theory: The Life cycle. A well-known cycle that we all experience in life. That is why it can also be applied to both our society, or we as a person, and to an organization such as the GGD. The cycle shows that we as humans prefer to have control over everything, that this is in our nature. But that it is more valuable to first look at your crisis and transform it, before you focus on getting your control again. Look back at your mistakes and learn from them. That too can give us peace of mind and less mental pressure. It is a theory that provides clarity about our approach, which can always be used in different situations.
Now that the virus has been among us for a while and we are slowly starting to accept the new lifestyle, it is interesting to look at what exactly has happened and how we as a society are tackling this. The pyramid of Maslow is used to gain insight into this big happening.
Who would have thought that the whole world would stop for a moment? Streets are empty, hospitality is closed, cities are in complete lockdown and suddenly there is a whole new society where we have to live 1.5 meters apart and our daily structure completely disappears. You would almost think it's all a joke. A prank. Very funny earth, but where are the cameras? Nobody could have imagined that a virus would have such a big impact on our earth. Yet this is now our reality.
One foot in the door and a step closer to make a transformation in this world. In the professional world you keep expanding your view and entering this company has given me many new insights. The interest of behavior, especially among young people, is even greater than I thought.
Have you ever wondered why you don't have to pay for apps like Facebook? How the founder of Facebook is so rich that he can even buy other platforms like Whatsapp, while you are using the app for free? Facebook is free, because you are the product. Your data is the income of Facebook. Your data is sold to advertising agencies to use. To tailor their advertisements to all your interests. Suddenly the idea of free apps is not so nice anymore, is it?