Many people usually conclude that social media is addictive to them because it gives them something which the real world lacks, such as immediacy, direction, a sense of clarity and value as an individual” but what if we were to tell you that new research now proves that social networking habits might be affecting your brain more than you know.
You Might Spend Money Lavishly: New research suggests that heavy social media use might be correlated to lower self-control, which marketing experts believe could lead to higher spending. “Ultimately, the way you can reduce this is by raising your self-awareness,” A professor from Columbia University noted that “It’s not about don’t spend time on Facebook, but just be aware of what it might be doing to you.”
It Alters The Appetite: According to a US magazine’s study “food porn” photos can activate the brain nerves and compel viewers to overeat; one study suggests that even looking at food images after a meal can trigger hunger.
It Messes With Your Ability To Think Independently: A laboratory study found out that people were more open to peer pressure within social networks. Subjects were more likely to change their minds about “liking” certain things (one cute fashion item over another, for instance) if enough time had passed and they could see that the other side was even moderately popular.
It Hurts Your Self-esteem: Two German universities also joined forces to investigate social networking and the researchers discovered that one in three people surveyed felt worse (“lonely, frustrated or angry”) after spending time on Facebook, often due to perceived flaws when comparing themselves to friends.
It Can “Destroy” Real-life Conversations: A professor from Oxford University also compared online chats to buying prepackaged meat at a store: “Perhaps future generations will kickback similar horror at the messiness, unpredictability and immediate personal involvement of a three-dimensional, real-time interaction.”
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