‘Positive content on social media helpful in keeping stress at bay’

  • Rameshinder Singh Sandhu, Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
  • Updated: Mar 07, 2016 12:41 IST
Experts say in the recent times, pages dedicated to motivational topics on the social media have increased drastically. (Livemint Photo)

With the rising level of stress and depression due to hectic work life, content — videos or blog posts — spreading ‘positivity’, posted on social networking sites, seems to be a new way of keeping energy level high. Be it Facebook, WhatsApp or any other social media website — such content is being widely circulated by people among their friends and relatives. In the recent times, several pages dedicated to such topics have also increased drastically, say experts.

While talking to city residents, it was revealed more and more people are using the online platforms to remain stress free.

“It’s like the entire encyclopedia on a topic that you are interested. You can just go on and on. From short interviews to several blog posts and short videos — this is the power of social media. Besides, apart from keeping myself positive, I like to share good stuff on my timeline,” shared Mehak Jain, student of SCD Government College.

Rajiv Bakshi, retired banker and author, added, “Apart from motivational content, comic videos by noted comedians are also a big hit. These videos give you the best medicine of life –laughter, and are a great stress-buster. It can’t be ignored that laughter also helps in making mind positive.”

Not only this, to keep their loved ones ahead in time and stress free, some people collect such videos and show them with their friends and relatives, who are not tech savvy. Preetinder Singh Grewal, a NRI of Narongwal village, said, “I collect motivational videos and show them to elders in my village; most people there are not internet savvy. From religious videos to comic, people just love to see such stuff.”

Meanwhile, Punjab Ag ricultural University’s (PAU) former head of human development de par tment, Jatinder Kaur Gulati, says the trend is encouraging, and “considering high stress level in the society, it is going to stay here for long”.

“Such content help in making our thought process positive. Most importantly, we all should learn something from such platforms,” suggested Gulati.

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