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Are there any mental health benefits from participating in an online site?
Does a site like HubPages help your mental state or give you a benefit you would not have, otherwise?
Hmm.. that is an excellent question. I can honestly say that I have never thought of it like that. I know it does not benefit your eyesight. Mental health, I would have no idea.
Think on it a bit--- if it is an excellent question, there must be at least a nominal answer or an opinion.
Well, if i had to say yes, and no. It wouldn't be exactly beneficial to look at a screen for extended periods of time. Then again, you can learn all kinds of new things. So i would say yes and no.
Yes, there is constant learning going on; which is good for the mind; there is exploration and stimulation of the mind in that regard. There's also support and friendship. In addition, it's fun. I still love to create a Hub. Always have fun with it. Sometimes the forums can be fun, sometimes not. I like learning about and watching stats/traffic and learning about the whole online writing thing in general. So, I think it is generally mentally healthy and helpful.
There are always mental health benefits when humans are interacting with each other. Those benefits increase when the environment is safe and communication is positive and enriching. There is development of the brain when reading and learning as well as motivation to push past fears and obstacles when examples have been set before you of others who have achieved things you might want to achieve!
I have several Facebook groups that have helped me learn and accept my rare chronic disease. We are a community and vent, support, teach and learn from each other.
Writing is also helpful because it gives me something to focus on besides the Ehlers - Danlos Syndrome. I've also used it to write a hub which seems to have helped a lot of people!
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