If you’re an empath, you know how easy it is to feel overwhelmed by the thoughts and emotions of others. Things that may seem exciting to others, such as parties, concerts and live sporting events, can be challenging to you. You may enjoy them but prefer to take such events in small doses.
One of the ways that empaths maintain sanity in their lives is by balancing the time they spend in the company of others with time spent being alone. An empath often needs time to recharge like a battery. And if an empath can avoid unnecessary stimulation, he or she may benefit greatly.
So where does social media fit in? For an empath, social media can be a curse and a blessing. On the positive side, social media can serve as a networking tool, helping you to connect with people without actually having to be in their presence.
Why is this important? If you’re an empath and you have to be around a lot of people — say, at a networking function — you may be bombarded by the feelings and thoughts of all of those people who are in attendance. If someone’s fearful, you may feel it. If someone is extremely sad or emotional, you may experience those emotions, as well. If you can avoid some of these person-to-person interactions, you may be happier.
On the flip side, social media can be overwhelming in its own right, as many people use it to literally dump their thoughts, feelings and emotions onto anyone who reads their posts. There is no shortage of attention hogs on Facebook who are literally jumping up and down to share how bad their day was or how great they feel. When their feelings are sincere, you may feel it. And as many empaths are psychic, if their feelings are insincere, you may feel it.
Social media is also intrusive. When you log onto Facebook, for example, you’re greeted by a timeline of posts and you have no idea what you’re going to see until you see it.
If you find yourself experiencing the emotions of others or if your mood changes when you use social media, pay close attention to how you feel every time you use it. Take a break from it for awhile. Resolve to avoid social media for a week or two and see how you feel.
If you notice your mood markedly improving, social media may not be a match for the empath in you.