I think it has been beneficial to me. It’s hard for me to handle rejection even on facebook. LOL It hurts when i don’t get many likes i take it so personally!!! But for the most part it has been beneficial. I have a small group of people on there. Most who are aware i have mental health issues although they may not know the specifics. most are family and a few friends. And usually they do respond and are supportive whenever i post. What has REALLY been beneficial for me is that the last 20 years kind of flew by. I was struggling with mental health and relationship issues. I have nothing in common actually with a lot of my old friends and family and lost touch with all of them. But looking up people that i knew and seeing what they are up to and have accomplished. It’s made me want more for my life. It’s made me want to be proud of who i am. I may not be a successful mother and career oriented person ever in my life. Probably not in the cards for me. BUT i do want to have goals and i do want to accomplish them and be proud of who i am.
I will add that i only like facebook as a small group with mostly people that i know like and care for me. I don’t like strangers to be on my page. But i enjoy the social communication and for the most part i think benefit from it.