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7 Ways Social Media Is Changing Your Brain

Considering the amount of time, it comes as no surprise that platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are bound to shape how your brain thinks and act.

Your day starts, ends and pretty much revolves around it. Whether you’re waiting for your morning coffee to brew, distracted at a meeting, or trying to fill conversation gaps to avoid awkwardness—social media has managed to compress your world behind a 6” screen.

According to a Mediakix study, an average person is expected to spend over 5 years of their lives on various social media platforms.

Considering the amount of time, it comes as no surprise that platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are bound to shape how your brain thinks and act. Here are 7 ways of how social media is doing the change for you – 

Improves your memory:-

Hey, I saw your recent post about your Travel to Turkey. Totally loved those hot balloon rides. 

A lot of people including yourself actually remember events that you post on social media. Even if it’s trivial or a banal post about a mundane Monday. A picture with a caption has an impeccable footprint on your memory and is said to last longer than communication made through other modes and channels. 

“Events that were reported to be posted online were much more likely to be recalled than those not posted online,” Qi Wang said in Cornell Daily Sun. He also added, “This is also independent of whether the participant viewed the event to be important.”

Feels rewarding

One of the quintessential features that stick many people around social media is the imaginary reward. Every time you get a like on your post, it feels rewarding. Social media serves a great platform for people to publish their blogs or just their picture and understand how it’s ranking amongst its followers. Basically, it’s all about numbers on social media. The more likes and followers you get, the merrier you feel. 

Contributes to self-image issues 

As opposed to the advantages, there are certain damages too. If you don’t attract enough likes and followers on your social media, your mood takes a dip. It’s daunting how you presume a certain post will do great on social media but then it fails to gather enough appreciation for itself filling you with self-doubt. It also creates pressure on you when you compare your page with your friends and their strong social media presence belittles your self-image.

Makes your attention span worse

Apple or Grapes? Apple or Grapes? Oranges?

Heavy consumers of Social Media have a low attention span and does poorly in multitasking than average to mild consumers. They are usually distracted while in the process and fails to streamline one track mind. 

A study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences stated that transitioning from one task to another for heavy social media consumers is a trek. They may excel in switching between websites and apps but are worse when it comes to actual multitasking outside the social media. Due to excessive usage, the brain fails to filter out interferences.

Authors went on to add “These results suggest that heavy media multitaskers are distracted by the multiple streams of media they are consuming.”

Negatively impacts your sleep cycle

Are you on social media because you are not sleepy or because of social media is why you are not sleepy? It’s definitely the later one for your mom and moms’ are never wrong. In a report by Medical daily, that it’s the blue light that’s emitted from your phone is to be blamed for any degree of Insomnia. The aftermath of which is you constantly scrolling through your phone damaging your sleep pattern. The report requests you to disconnect from your phone post 9 pm for a healthy regular routine.

Phantom Vibration Syndrome

You’re so wired to your phone that a few of you actually experience Phantom Vibration Syndrome. It’s a condition that tricks your brain to feel that your phone is vibrating, even when it’s not. The addiction to your phone and social media is perhaps alarming when you have such effects shadowing your brain. It does make your nervous system – too nervous!

Offers a new way of Interaction

It’s a one way interaction platform where you just put out what you’re thinking or eating, or doing – that informs your followers about your whataboutery and whereabouts – its fluid the next time you meet your friends from the college, they already know what you’ve been up to, saving you the effort of having to explain all the gap you guys were not in touch. A lot of introverted people feel much comfortable talking to people online than in person. It’s perhaps a great platform for such people to come out and express freely their suppressed thoughts which they fail to articulate when in person. 

Excess of anything is bad, and Social Media is no exception to that law. Social Media does come with a lot of benefits but it has to be consumed in a regulated manner. To avoid the shortcomings, it’s best advised that you should disconnect from it and turn it on only for productive purposes. 


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