Social Media Is Affecting My DreamsDavid Dean

Throughout my entire life, I’ve always remembered my dreams. I’m always that guy who wakes up and makes someone suffer for 10 minutes as I describe the pointless fragments of a dream that makes sense to no one. There was a time as a kid I would fight sleep as hard as I could because my dreams were becoming so vivid, so lucid, I was scared to fall asleep. The older I got, the more I welcomed sleep and started enjoying it, or appreciating dreams because they were so vivid, so lucid and I thought it made me different, or maybe I thought of it as a nightly escape. Then Facebook happened. Twitter happened. Social media at our fingers on the constant. Recently I realized how much constantly being plugged in is affecting my mind when I try to unplug for the night, and the influence everyone else’s online thoughts are having on my own.

Typically I will check email, get on Facebook and Twitter, read a bit, watch Sportscenter then go to bed. But there are two things I’ve noticed a drastic change in since social media came in and got all Freddy Krueger on me.

First: I will have a dream that includes someone I haven’t talked to in 15 years, an old childhood friend, and it stems from seeing a random status update she/he made. So my dreams are now being infiltrated by people that have no meaning to me now, and really had no meaning to me when I was 12.

Second: I have the worst kind of dream possible. The dream where you wake up, and for a split second you think you are in the most perfect relationship with the girl that you dreamed about. For the first few hours of the day you are constantly trying to fight the feeling off, realizing how silly it is, and you try to get over it. You try to get over an imaginary dream with a girl that is the opposite of reality. (Note: Umm, maybe it’s “up my therapy appointments” time?)

For example, in a one-week period, I dreamed on 2 different occasions I was dating Chelsea Peretti. It wasn’t about sex or anything; we were just totally in a serious and cute relationship in my dream. When I woke, I had to briefly come to terms that my dream relationship with a comedian I have never met just wasn’t going to work out. For the rest of that morning I felt like I’d just ended a serious relationship. WHAT. IS. WRONG. WITH. ME.

Where did this come from? Probably from a random tweet of hers I read, or maybe when I was scrolling through my Instagram feed a picture of her popped up.

Social Media is no doubt playing a part in my dream world, and the easy solution would be to not check it before I go to bed. But in a weird way, I like having a dream about a person I haven’t thought of in years, it makes me reminisce the next day. And also, since my real life relationships are going from one date to another, maybe it would be nice to find a little stability in my dream world.

Have you noticed Social Media affecting you and your dreams? I’m curious to know.

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  1. I agree with everyone. The weirdest dream’s I’ve had lately are of my ex from three years ago. I recently checked his Twitter feed to see if I wanted to re-friend him on Facebook… not a chance. And when I shut down for the night, I had this dream I was dating him again! I kept trying to reject him with his response being “But we’re still together!” No, no, no. Needless to say, I try to stay off social media sites before bedtime — reading a good old paperback book is perfectly fine by me.

  2. I agree. It makes me a little uneasy as well. I’m a Social Media director/specialist and all the things I see on my sites as well as looking at Twitter all day make me a little bit antsy. Like after a long day, I just am so used to being entertained all day and want everything to come to me automatically (in 140 characters). Also, I’ve been having weird dreams about my ex…who I don’t give two licks about. I feel you, dude.

  3. I have the exact same thing. I’ve always had very lucid dreams. As a kid I would tell people I had done things like skydiving because it felt so real in my dreams that I was convinced I really did. It got to the point for me where I also started to fear sleeping because it was like I could never shut my mind off. It’s gotten better for me, but yes, social media affects my dreams like crazy and everything feels so real that it’s always hard to get back into reality.

  4. This totally happens to me! And curse those dreams that make you wake up feeling all in love! I usually get those about athletes. Derek Jeter, Tony Stewart, and Dale Jr just to name a few. I also get them about people from high school. Which is seriously inappropriate since they are in real life MARRIED.

    I also do get dreams from statuses or whatever. I was discussing with someone about owning a zoo one day. Yep, 2 days later I had a dream about this awesome zoo we had built! And only had the animals we had discussed.

    One more good example. A friend (i mean acquaintance) will post the wonderful news of the birth of their new baby. I will be dreaming baby for days. People say you don’t know what it’s like to love a child until you have one. I tell them I have had many MANY in my dreams and I know darn well what it’s like. :)

  5. OMG I had the same thing happening to me a few weeks ago. I had this dream of dating a super cute guy (whom I had a crush on for a while) but I hadn’t seen him in years. I was freaking out why he would suddenly show up in my dreams, I thought I’d gotten over him! I then realized I had accepted him as a facebook friend a few weeks before and I had seen some status updates.. I hate those dreams. They confuse you so much, because they’re so real!