With social media, it’s much easier to get in touch with friends and stay updated. Social media has conquered our lives in some ways that we cannot even imagine. We are a part of this game; the problem is that we are being played at every moment. We are caught up in the maze of different applications and websites, and there is no way out. Let’s see different ways how social media is affecting and changing our brains.
- Nervous system at risk
This is another issue which isn’t addressed as it should be. There is a new psychological syndrome called as the Phantom vibration syndrome. This is common among the people who are social media crazy, and they cannot stop using different social media sites. What happens is that people often feel that the cell phone is vibrating but it is the brain reacting to stimuli like an itch.
- You are on drugs:
What if I tell you that you are on drugs? You will probably think I am crazy because you are not a drug addict. But unfortunately, this is true. 10-15% of the people cannot resist the time they spend on the social media sites. They go crazy if the internet stops working or the speed is not up to the mark. The brains of these people have impairments which are similar to the scans of the drug addicts.
- Loss of memory
The people who are always indulged in social media are not able to memorize things. There is an outburst of information from the social media that the brains receive all the time. Hence the useful information tends to get lost in that pool of surplus information.
- Multitasking ability
It is a common perception that social media users tend to multi-task and they can do things more efficiently. This is wrong. The people who use social media all the time are unable to focus on anything and are hardly able to do things right. They get distracted easily, and hence the productivity and the ability to multi-task is greatly disturbed. They cannot multitask.
- The Dopamine effect
Dopamine is also called as the feel-good chemical. Social media triggers the release of Dopamine in a drastic way. The people obsessed with the social media tend to be self-obsessed and are self-centered, they keep on talking about themselves and do not listen what others have to say.
- The distraction
The people who use social media are so involved that they cannot help themselves. They keep on checking their messages and emails all the time. Even if these people are on vacation, they are always working. They remain distracted all the time and cannot focus on the important things they are missing.
- They connect to disconnect
People indulging in social media become divided in some ways rather than being connected all the time. These people do not like to have face to face interactions, and they do not meet people that much. The more they keep on connecting to the internet, the more they disconnect with the real world and the people around them. It’s easier and better for them to say hello over a message rather than saying the same on someone’s face.
- The selfie syndrome
You can see people taking selfies to post on different social media accounts. This thing is viral among the teenagers. Once a photograph is uploaded, these people crave for the maximum number of likes and positive comments from all the friends and the followers. This may also affect them emotionally.
- Panic alert
These people cannot stay away from their phones, and they panic if they cannot see their phone near them. They are uncomfortable if their phone is not with them and cannot do anything properly until and unless they get their phone back.
- Love life
Social media changes the brain processing in some ways. It has some advantages too. It helps to stay in touch with the loved ones. Studies also reveal that people who meet online like each other more than the face to face interactions. Right or wrong, this is also a way the brain has been altered.
Try staying offline for some time. It may be impossible at the beginning, but it can be done. Disconnect to connect for a change.
Lind ray is the author of this guest post. She is a social media expert and a animator. who works at Flamingo Whiteboard Video Animation and create many videos animation on the matter for the awareness and well-being of the people.