Social media is quite literally all around us, chances are you have accounts on Facebook, Twitter and other major social media platforms. However, social media case studies show that social media usage can impact on your brain.
It’s a scary thought that something we use without thought every day is causing us such damage.
Firstly, social media could be increasing your spending – research has shown a correlation between social media usage and lower self-control. The more you lose self-control, the more susceptible you are to marketing techniques. The likes of Facebook and Twitter are littered with advertisements for products and services, ready to make use of your lower self-control. Social media doesn’t only impact your brain, but your wallet too.
Social media can also change your attitude towards food. Most social media users are guilty of sharing snaps of their food online and apparently, seeing these pictures can compel users to overeat. Even after eating a meal, seeing pictures of so-called “food porn” online can lead to unnecessary eating. According to further research, social media can also slowly strip away your ability to think independently. Our constant “liking” of items online means, that we often follow the trends of friends and lose the ability to think on our own.
Furthermore, social media is apparently proven to damage your self-esteem. According to research from two German universities, spending large amounts of time looking at the activities and achievements of friends on Facebook can lead to dip in self-esteem, making users feel worthless. Looking at other friends online can also lead users to point out their imperfections.
It’s well known that users adopt a different tone when having a conversation online and doing just that can ruin real-life conversations. Conversations online are flat with emotion and there is fear that real-life conversations could be plagued with a similar problem.
In all though, social media can have quite an impact on your brain and it’s worth thinking about toning down your usage of Facebook, Twitter and other such platforms. Your brain and body may just thank you for it.