VIDEO: How social media change our brains

We offer you some interesting discoveries that may make you one step closer to freedom from social media.


I recently made a little experiment: I refused to read news, Facebook and Twitter for the month. As a result, it became clear that some tasks may take you half the time you spent earlier, you can sleep much longer, a little time remains even for your favorite hobby. Advantages proved to be much more than the disadvantages.

But the greatest, in my opinion, plus is the disappearance of this terrible “mental itch,” when you feel uncomfortable with the fact that you aren’t scrolling the newsfeed in social networking and even start to get angry at the fact that there are so little new posts. It really  feels like a painful dependence similar to dependence on cigarettes: a sense of physical and psychological discomfort persists until you smoke a cigarette look through the news feed.

The latest Video by AsapSCIENCE gives a very good scientific explanation for all of these feelings and talks about how social media change our brains.

1. From 5% to 10% of the users are not able to control the time they spend on social networks. This is not entirely psychological dependence, it also has signs of drug dependence. Brain scans of these people showed deterioration of parts of the brain, which is seen in drug addicts. Especially degrades the white matter, which is responsible for controlling emotional processes, attention and decision-making.

2. Problems with multitasking. It may seem that those who always sit in social media, or those who constantly switches between work and web sites, are much better able to cope with several tasks than those who are accustomed to do one thing at a time. The constant switching between social media and work reduces the ability to filter noise and complicates processing and storing information.

3. “Ghost call.” You’ve heard your phone vibrating? Oh, it’s probably, SMS or a push-up message from social networks! But, no, it is empty! Am I dreaming? Oh, here again vibrated! This time it’s a new message for sure! It seemed to me again … This condition is called phantom vibration syndrome and is considered a psychological phenomenon. In the course of the study it was revealed that about 89% of respondents experience such feelings at least once in two weeks.

4. Social media is the trigger for the release of dopamine, which is a precursor of the desired reward. Using MRT, scientists found that the reward centers in the brain begin to work more actively when people start talking about their views or expressing their opinions than they listen to someone else’s. Nothing new, right? But it turns out that during a personal conversation face to face, an opportunity to express your opinion is about 30-40%, while in virtual conversations on social networks this possibility increases to 80%. As a result, part of the brain which is responsible for orgasm, love and motivation is activated which is fueled by just such virtual conversations. Especially if you know that you are read by a lot of people. It turns out that our bodies reward us for our sitting in the social networks.

5. Still other studies have shown that partners who first met online, and then met in real life, like each other much more than those who met each other offline. This is probably due to the fact that you know  at least the preferences and objectives of the other person.