This Video Shows What Social Media Does to Your Brain
Social media changes your brain. At least, that’s the suggestion made by AsapSCIENCE in a new video, “5 Crazy Ways Social Media is Changing Your Brain Right Now.”
The group cited multiple studies in the video that showed how prolonged social media use has changed today’s generation. For instance, one study estimated that up to 10 percent of internet users are addicted to social media. The word “addicted” isn’t used as hyperbole, either – the study actually cited people unable to control the amount of time they spend on social networks, a condition they’re calling a psychological form of addiction.
It further claims that social media can impair a person’s multi-tasking abilities, as it leaves them less able to filter out disturbances and commit information to memory. The video also discusses how constant social media use can rewire a person’s nervous system, causing problems like “phantom vibration syndrome,” a phenomenon that makes people think their phones are vibrating even when it isn’t.
Ever wondered why everybody on social media seems obsessed with sharing the minutiae of their lives? Apparently, our brains have been rewarding us for talking about ourselves and our opinions on social networks, essentially creating an incentive to keep doing it over and over. The result? As much as 80 percent of what people talk about on social media focus on themselves, as opposed to around 40 percent in real-life face-to-face interactions.
While there’s nothing wrong with using social media, it probably works best in moderation, just like everything else.
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