While most of us are thrilled with our infinite access to information,which acts as our digital umbilical cord, many of us are experiencing symptoms of this relationship we could do without and probably are totally unaware of their source.
I know this warning bell sounds weekly in dozens of ways, such that you are inclined to stop reading this immediately. But hear me out. This is not so much about how much we take in as it is about how much we are then able to give out. When I am exposed to multiple tragedies and injustices per day, I literally feel my joy leaking out and frustration and anger filling my soul like a helium balloon. Over time I experience outrage overload and I feel paralyzed by the pain of the world.
Take for instance the recent emergence of #MeToo, which is intended to support those women decrying sexual aggession and abuse in the workplace. In one way, this is a positive step for those speaking out for the first time about their abuse. They find they are part of a community of pain and that in itself can initially lessen their shame around their experience.
However, if this is the only thing that comes out of the campaign, it will not change society nor will it transform the pain into resilience for those directly affected. Many of us will read these stories with warranted outrage and share that with a click of agreement. Before this existed as an option we would have looked for and pursued a hands-on opportunity to get involved within our communities or donated money, supporting the old addage “put your money where your mouth is.” Sadly, many non-profit organizations are feeling the absence of that action point with the rising digital expression of outrage. It’s as if we equate our expressed outrage with action.
My concern here is for those of us who experience multiple points of outrage per day through our virtual relationships. Without constructive outlet for our outrage, our negative emotional content surges to the point of overload. At that point the body can respond on a continuum of ways. We can experience generalized anxiety. We can then drop into depression to relieve that anxiety. We can also go into a complete emotional shut down . Since we cannot selectively numb, we are then doomed to an absence of good feelings as well. Without an understanding of this very natural progression, we may seek as remedy presription medication. While it can surely be warranted in some cases, far too often it is a first resort without any detective work around the root causes of our dysfunction.
What the solution for our digital age? We can make a contract with ourself that for every hashtag we respond to we’ll find a concrete way to make a difference in the pain of the world. Thus we’ll connect with the people who need our support in tangible ways and increase the meaning in our life and reconnect our outrage with our power as caring individuals, preventing outrage overload.
If you experience outrage overload, share how you notice its effects and what you do to cope in the comments section below.
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