How do social networks change our brains?

Studies on the impact of social networks are increasing day by day, and new facts are being revealed. The experts of AsapSCIENCE gave the whole picture of the influence of social networks in one video and explained how they change our brains.


1. 5-10% of social network users are not able to manage the time they spend on social networks. Brain scans of such people have shown that the same areas that are found in people addicted to drugs are starting to work poorly. The part that is responsible for emotions, decision-making, and attention suffers the most. Posting new posts or pictures on social networks makes you addicted, as the user is looking forward to likes and comments.

2. Problems with multiplicity. It seems to us that users of several gadgets at the same time find it easier to concentrate, but this is not the case. At the same time, users of phones, computers, and players can’t quickly digest and remember information, as a result, they use devices more slowly.

3. Imaginary call or vibration. How many times have you thought your phone was ringing? This condition is called vibration syndrome. Technology is transforming our brain in such a way that such sounds are associated with vibration and sometimes even telephone calls.

4. Social networks encourage the production of dopamine, which is released when you see the desired result. The production of this hormone in the brain is activated when people start to like talking about themselves more than listening to the other person. And there are great opportunities for self-expression in social networks, as a result of which the parts responsible for love, excitement, and motivation start working very actively in the brain, which can be said to be consumed at the level of virtual conversations, becoming passive and uninformed in real life.

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