What is Media Trauma?

Our digital tools that can allow any of us, maybe all of us, to grow, become and learn and do almost anything we want to.  BUT, this can only happen if we learn to become architects of our own digital life instead of being consumed by it. 

Big T-Trauma: This is where someone has had a personal traumatic experience with media. This is a person who is the topic of a story that goes viral or who had been solicited, abused, misrepresented in a direct way.

Little-t trauma: This is where someone will exhibit the symptoms of trauma but have no particular event to link the cause. Little t-trauma can be reoccurring and often relentless messages of not being good enough, not being pretty enough, not being included.

The Virtually Satisfied: These individuals really enjoy their virtual world. The posts and clicks and updates are all great. They love texting, scrolling, staying updated on the little news of their peers and the big news of the world. However, the virtual world is more interesting to them than the real world and their practical life suffers.

The Ignored: These are children, elderly, family members or friends who have been robbed of care and connection because the humans who are surrounding them are not responding to them.

The Observers: These are people who knew life before social media and/or who don't participate for whatever reason. When we have good boundaries with our digital media, we will naturally become observers of what we can do to increase our quality of life and the quality of our culture.