It affected me slightly. I became depressed due to the price and stopped posting for two months. I stopped doing anything, really. I just mourned and played videogames to help the grief leave my system. I came back a couple months ago and now I'm posting even more than I was before.
I decided that making an effort will give me results if the prices don't want to work with me. I'll make the earnings be worth something with or without the help of the charts. :P
To be completely honest it does! But not in a way that you might think. Most Steemians stop posting when the price goes south but, that's when I kick my brain into a higher gear and start creating even more. Why? Becasue less people write then as they are demotivated by the decrease in earnings. With the reward pool having a fixed amount to give out every day, that means that my chances to earn are much higher as there is less competition.
Not only that, but even though when the price of STEEM is low we earn less money (dollar wise) we actually earn more STEEM tokens. Not to go into too much detail about why or how we actually get more STEEM when the price of it is low, I'll just give you the link of a post I wrote a while back which goes into explaining it in detail.
I think that when the price goes down I am more likely to post more and become more active - it seems counterintunitve but it makes sense! When the price decreases a lot of users stop posting completly, and thus there is less content for users to curate. This means that you are much more likely to get more upvotes when the price of Steem is down.
I also know that this is how crypto markets work and that the price will eventually increase, and I will have more Steem Power than those who simply had a 'holiday' when the price was down
The people that are on the steem block chain looking for immediate payout stop interacting as much when the price goes down. The people that believe in the blockchain's long term viablility have more engagement when the price goes down because they know that more steem power is produced when the price is low. One can make headway collecting steem power faster when the price of steem is at 0.4$ than 2$.
Wrote like a motherfucker when first got on here and started banking at the start. Then the crash came, and spirits with it. Took several months until prices bounced back to find the motivation.
Repeatedly amped up when rewards rose. And once they they declined again, so the energy went with ‘em.
Not saying this is at all an example to follow. Just my personal experience over the last 2.5 years.