Technology has become part and parcel of modern life. However, its effect on our psychological, physical, and social health and development is as high as our dependence on it. Do you know that a baby’s brain development can be affected when they play with their parents’ tablet and smartphones? Have you noticed how your interaction with other people has changed since you started texting and using social networking sites?
Experts have confirmed that technological device for social media such as smartphones, computers, tablets. has a capability of changing the brain. The irony of it all is that the long-term effects of all this online living may remain vague for decades.
However, neuroscientists are studying the positive and negative consequences of social media, including its effect on the human brain.
While social media is reprimanding for its many negative implications, one study shows that people with large online social networks develop better memories. These sets of people were seen to be more likely to remember little details like names and faces of people they newly meet than people with a smaller online network. So if you have millions of followers on Twitter, it can change your brain for good.
However, not all benefits are positive. Some other effects of social media on your brain, according to science, include:
1. Social media can help to activate your brain’s reward center
Your brain’s reward center can be activated when you like the peoples’ post on social media, and they like yours back. But, this can cause addiction because you always want to go back online to get more likes on your photo.
One study published in the journal Psychological Science revealed that when you view photos with more likes, it causes higher activity in neural regions.
2. Social media can improve your memory
Science has found that when you post events and photos on social media, it improves your memory of particular circumstances and improves memory recall. You quickly recall the facts you posted online far more than those not published online.
3. Social media can be corrupt for your mental health
How did you feel the last time you viewed pictures of your friends in those expensive cars and clothing? I know your self-esteem dropped. These are one of the adverse effects of social media. It can damage your brain, even when people present their best version online.
4. Social media can disrupt your sleep
Medical Daily reported that the blue lights that emit from your smartphone devices could disrupt your sleep. So most times, when you find it hard to sleep, especially when you are online, you may need to keep your devices away.
5. Social media activates herd mentality
Do you know that when you spend too much time on social media, you may lose yourself and live on other peoples’ opinion? Yes, it is called herd mentality. A study published in the Journal Information Systems Frontiers stated that social media could make you go along with what’s most popular, losing your values and beliefs.
6. Social media can affect your nervous system
When you stay online on social media for too long, your nervous system can become hypersensitive and become hyper-vigilant. This way, you react even when your phone is not vibrating.
A study published in the journal computer in Human Behavior stated that you could suffer from a phantom vibration syndrome when you feel your phone was vibrating when it wasn’t.
7. Social media can reduce your attention span
When you continuously use social media, you will often find it hard to switch from one task to another. You become distracted by the multiple streams of media that are coming to your page. It can significantly hinder your productivity.