We know that social media has changed the world, the way we communicate (or forget how to!), and the speed at which we can learn things, but have you ever thought about how it affects our bodies? Well here’s 5 ways social media is literally changing our brains right now.
We are Psychologically addicted to Social Media
A study has shown that about 5-10% of people who use social media have admitted to being unable to control how much they actually log on and off, we all do it, close Facebook then somehow 5 minutes later we are scrolling back through that news feed. Well it turns out that’s an addiction that has affected our brains in a very similar way to drug addiction.
This physical change manifests in the decreasing amounts of white matter that exist in regions of the brain that control emotion, so we are basically unconsciously rewarding ourselves every time we log back into twitter.
It’s Making us Worse at Multitasking
You may think that because people can talk while scrolling through messages means we are becoming more able to d many things at once. Well if you thought that, think again because studies have shown that people who use social media regularly are actually worse at preventing distractions from getting in. IT also causes issues when we have to filter memories and information, so basically the better we get at social media, the worse we get at learning.
We are Suffering from Phantom Vibrations
It seems that the more alerts we get on our phones, the more often we perceive normal things as an alert. Some people get it from an itch whereas some from wearing seatbelts in the car or just having a bag brush up against your leg while walking, but while this phenomenon is not that dangerous it’s pretty clear this rewiring of the nervous system has become much more common since the explosion of social media into our lives.
Social Media Triggers Dopamine Release
Doapmine is the feel good, happy hormone that gets released when we have done something we feel is rewarding, like logging onto a social media site and talking about yourself and your opinions. When we talk about ourselves on social media, which we do about twice as much as in real life, then we are stimulating the same part of the brain that is activated during orgasms, so we are essentially having mini ones every time we post a new status about our wonderful lives.
Couples who Meet On-line Like Each Other More
Con-line dating has become one of the biggest social media fads in the current times, and while some people scorn at it, it turns out studies have shown partners are much more attracted to each other when they meet on-line, rather than face to face, so maybe it’s worth a shot after all!