5 Crazy Ways Social Media Is Changing Your Brain Right Now
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5 Crazy Ways Social Media Is Changing Your Brain Right Now

With social media sites being used by ⅓ of the entire world, they’ve clearly had an major influence on society. But what about our bodies? Here are 5 crazy ways that social media and the internet are affecting your brain right now! Can’t log off? Surprisingly, 5-10% of internet users are actually unable to control how much time they spend online. Though it’s a psychological addiction as opposed to a substance addiction, brain scans of these people actually show a similar impairment of regions that those with drug dependence have. Specifically, there is a clear degradation of white matter in the regions that control emotional processing, attention and decision making. Because social media provides immediate rewards with very little effort required, your brain begin to rewire itself, making you desire these stimulations. And you begin to crave more of this neurological excitement after each interaction. Sounds a little like a drug, right? We also see a shift when looking at multi-tasking. You might think that those who use social media or constantly switch between work and websites are better at multitasking, but studies have found that when comparing heavy media
users to others, they perform much worse during task switching tests. Increased multi-tasking
online reduces your brains ability to filter out interferences, and can even make it harder
for your brain to commit information to memory. Like when your phone buzzes in the middle
of productive work. Or wait…did it even buzz? Phantom Vibration Syndrome is a relatively
new psychological phenomenon where you think you felt your phone go off, but it didn’t.
In one study, 89% of test subjects said they experienced this at least once every two weeks.
It would seem that our brains now perceive an itch as an actual vibration from our phone.
As crazy as it seems, technology has begun to rewire our nervous systems – and our brains
are being triggered in a way they never have been before in history. Social Media also triggers a release of dopamine
– the feel good chemical. Using MRI scans, scientist found that the reward centres in
people’s brains are much more active when they are talking about their own views, as
opposed to listening to others. Not so surprising – we all love talking about ourselves right?
But it turns out that while 30-40% of face-to-face conversations involve communicating our own
experiences, around 80% of social media communication is self involved. The same part of your brain
related to orgasms, motivation and love are stimulated by your social media use – and
even more so when you know you have an audience. Our body is physiologically rewarding us for
talking about ourselves online! But it’s not all so self involved. In fact,
studies on relationships have found that partners tend to like each other more if they meet
for the first time online rather than with a face to face interaction. Whether it’s
because people are more anonymous or perhaps more clear about their future goals, there
is a statistical increase in successful partnerships that started online. So while the internet
has changed our verbal communication with increased physical separation, perhaps the
ones that matter most end up even closer. Speaking of social media, we had you ask us
questions on twitter, instagram, facebook, tumblr, google+ and every other social platform
we could find and did a Q&A Video over on AsapTHOUGHT! So if you feel getting some insider
info on AsapSCIENCE and behind the scenes, check it out with the link in the description! Got a burning question you want answered? Ask it in the comments or on Facebook and Twitter. We also finally got a PO Box, for all of you
amazing science lovers who have requested to send us mail or other stuff over the years.
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100 thoughts on “5 Crazy Ways Social Media Is Changing Your Brain Right Now

  1. i was addicted to fb, insta, whatsapp 5 years, i was in depression , i saw all the time what everyone or Celebrity doing,not enjoyed my real life but now delete everything , i use normal msg now and i am so happy now.

  2. Lol SUCKERS , true story their feelings be into this bullshit , I can tell , without the internet or phone people would be brainless , lol dumb asses , no people are more fake I like the old way of communication that's how you can tell who's real

  3. Even though you cut off all the SNS, stupid people who are under curse of SNS

    are still around you. They are zombies. They do not have admire nor estimate

    others as worthy friends according to morality, talents, well-manners, strong

    spirits to archive the goal, etc. Inner values are completely ignored in our age.

    Quitting SNS is actually not a solution.

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  5. Since I'm not very good at it, I'm cautious. We are coming back to L.A. in August & I hope to have a couple producible pilots written (one is done) on the off chance someone is interested so I'm trying not to say anything too stupid before then. haha.

  6. I wrote a book on this, Social Media: A Free Drug Among Us by Mario Gallelli on Amazon, it is so true. I agree, things need to change, and fast, it all starts with ourselves. I pray for this world and everyone in it, I believe things will become good again

  7. This is on purpose. They designed Facebook and other social media sites to be addictive. A former executive even came out and said that.

  8. HI, thank you so much for posting using markers to let my student learn thing, today we use you video and we are talking about phones are good or bad, it work really well and all my student all get the idea, thanks a lot! + I am a teacher!

  9. Here is a short survey on Social Media, I would really appreciate if you took a few seconds to fill it out. https://s.surveyplanet.com/Tl3nn_H5_

  10. I believe you! I have let myself be used an Targeted ! But I think I will still use it for Educational courses an to order books an limit "what's app" to meet for dinner to a hand full of friends now! Thank you for the information !

  11. This a song/video we just produced, called 'Communication Nation' . If you do, please like and share: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DbNoeZ2faEA

  12. Question: Why do people fill their lives with lies instead the truth? Or Why do dreams and nightmares depend on what we feared and what we want to happen?

  13. @asapSCIENCE why is it that I get exhausted in social interactions? When I'm trying to make small talk with someone I've just met I feel tired or even when it's just a friend that does most of the talking.

  14. Hello ASAP Science. Please allow me to copy this video and upload on Facebook, only for academic purposes. Thank you.

  15. This was so smart. thank you


  16. It is very crazy had social media has such a huge impact on peoples's lives. I will confess that I spend a large amount of time browsing through my social media accounts throughout the day. I experience phantom vibration syndrome quite often which is scary because it shows a sign of addiction. I use it to keep up with whats going on in the world because now its such a huge outlet for news that you can view at your fingertips in secs from anywhere.

  17. I’m just overall badly addicted to being on my phone even when there’s nothing on it. I wasn’t like this at all years ago until people were kept telling me to create an IG or a Facebook etc, I was more of an active wanted to skate board or go for a walk now I can’t spend a second without trying to check all my social media. I hate it and can’t stop it’s like addictively unhealthy and ruining my life.

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  19. It's interesting because we can see the consequence of the social media in your life. Like your life after like the life of other.

  20. This video is super interesting ! I have learned a lot of things and I will think about my use of social media now. I also liked the use of thoses drawings, they make the video look super fun ! Btw, could you put more links on where you found all the informations ? Thanks ☻☻☻

  21. Realised the less time I spend on social media the happier I am more productive and no need to compare myself to others I am able to be more focused.

  22. True social media is the worst addiction we all are into. I call it Digital Slavery, we are into this era. We all are enslaved by these technology platforms. Breaking out is in our hand, but we tend to choose otherwise option.

  23. This is BS. Marriage, for example, is not more likely, or relationships forged online more successful. Is that supposed to mean that the one live date you went on being so/so means success? Even after the hundreds of profiles you had to rifle thru, and the dozens of people who just wanted to be sexy pen pals??? This report is a lie, just a flat out lie, wake up people!!! (Lowered Expectations 💚🐣🖕lololololo- FOOLS)

  24. Social-media and mainstream-media is hardwired to tangle themselves. It's an ever growing competition.

  25. My social media logbook

    Email> 1 minute a day
    Google> 5 minutes a day
    Watsapp> 5-10 minutes a day
    Netflix> 1 hour a day
    Youtube> 6+ hours a day

    And wait 6+?!?!?

    Aaaarggggg!!!!😡🥶🤬 naaaaa i hate youtubeee!!!! Screw youtube
    I am to addicted

  26. Sometimes i think about breaking my phone in half and trowing it into water…

    I am way to addicted

  27. The average social media user faces a 2.5x to 3x higher chance of developing depression. Either find a balance or don't use it.

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