Four years ago, when I joined this community as a listener, I intended to help people who wanted support. Just like any other therapist, the focus was to make them feel understood by stepping into their shoes. The idea was to empathize and positively encourage them.
This platform was never meant to be a social media platform. It's completely digressed from what it was, a few years ago. There's also a surge in the number of junk posts these days. Suddenly, everyone is a doctor or a philosopher. Some creeps are unfortunately using this platform as a dating site.
That's not the worst of it, because a few of them have also taken their conversations offline, either to Instagram or other social media channels. What happens outside this platform is completely unsolicited and one must do it at their own discretion. Unfortunately, efforts to curb such intentions have gone in vain.
Let's say, an individual comes on this platform and gets the necessary support. Eventually, it would enable him or her to leave this platform. Believe it or not, it makes me happy. Over the past couple of years, few individuals were so content and fulfilled with the support offered by this community that they never had to return. Ideally, that's how it's supposed to be!
It's analogous to a bird whom you have looked after and later set it free. They never return but you have to be satisfied because you have fulfilled your duty.
I am aware of people relapsing, so I believe some of them need continuous support. The frequency of support could be once a day, twice a week, or more. Because that's what therapists do.
There's no denying that some people take undue advantage of this platform. They repeatedly post the same problem in 1-2 hours and do not give a damn about any replies. It pains me to see individuals seeking attention, rather than discussing and solving their problems. The social media behavior of getting 'likes and comments' is very apparent now.
I feel sorry for some responders who offer their support but only in vain. On the other hand, those who truly need our support are left aside with unanswered posts! I feel sorry for them, too.
This social media behavior is not really acceptable to me. I know, some people know me and count on me. My doors are always open for them. I have turned on my email notifications, so I would know if someone wants to have a conversation. But at the moment, I am calling it quits.
Special thanks to Agora1 for helping this community. She's been my resourceful partner who has constantly supported everyone on this platform.
Adios. Lots of love to you all.