Researchers have observed Social media changes the way some parts of our brain function. With the average person spending 3 hours on their phone every day, the routine can trigger physiological changes in the brain.
Changes in attention
Social media platforms like Facebook can change how we distribute our attention. Facebook’s unlimited content library can “catch” the attention of the brain. Even though Facebook presents information in text, we don’t mind staying glued to our mobile phones for 2 hours straight. Achieving the same dedication for another activity is very unlikely.
We have observed heavy Facebook users perform worse on cognitive tests that involve testing their ability to pay attention or multitask. Some researchers point out that social media is easily accessible and those like Facebook can easily draw your attention and makes you less capable of ignoring distractions in day-to-activities.
On the physical side of things, we have noticed a certain part of the brain which plays a role in maintaining attention to be reduced. The brain is a very adaptive organ, the ability of the brain to make such adjustments is called neuroplasticity.
Changes in brain memory processes
Scientists have made astonishing findings about the effect that social media has on our memory. Facebook can cause depression when you discover that your behavior being on Facebook is affecting your memory. Studies have shown people who are heavy users of social media are also prone to memory loss. Facebook isn’t deleting your memory, no! What happens is, that Facebook is a dopamine stimulant that causes your brain to ignore other details and focus on that which is providing it with “happiness”. In the study, researchers observed that when you share an experience on social media, you are less likely to remember it. They further mentioned that in the long run, people would experience more memory gaps as they continue to use social media.
How Facebook causes depression in youths
Facebook has changed the world, there is no doubt about its impact. Teenagers are most likely conversant with social media platforms like Facebook. While social media is a tool for establishing social connections, it has been implicated in some devastating effects. One of those bad effects is the relationship between some platforms like Facebook and depression in adolescents. Many factors play an important role in the development of depression, the most prominent ones are the fear of missing out.
Adolescents with depression turn to Facebook as relief, but it further compounds the problem. Factually speaking, heavy use (4 hours and more) of Facebook or other social media platform was a predictor of depression.
The fewer time teenagers spent offline, the more likely Facebook would cause depression. This does not imply that the use of Facebook causes depression, researchers, however, warn that using Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, for too long a day would be bad for you.
Is Facebook causing anxiety?
Have you ever attempted to sleep but can’t because you an expecting the bubble notification on your smartphone? You just texted your crush, and she is yet to reply. Now you can’t sleep. There are many reasons Facebook would keep you on edge, it’s okay to be on edge once in a while. However, if you continue to raise your blood pressure over issues on Facebook and other social media, then you’re up for a heart attack. Many people have become suicidal because they cannot handle the anxiety generated from engaging on the dark side of Facebook.
On the web, you should be ready to meet anyone with a completely different belief system, culture, thoughts, and opinions. This unshared view can sometimes lead to very intense and sometimes abusive arguments. God knows I always feel anxious about how well I present my arguments. I’ve realized it’s not so healthy for me and I have minimized such activities.