Social media and the internet obviously have affected the way we interact, but what are they doing to our bodies? Some of the most significant changes are actually happening to our brains, and the latest episode of AsapSCIENCE lists five of them that are likely happening to us all…right now.
It turns out, using social media can literally be addictive, because it provides immediate reward with very little effort. This means our brain starts to rewire itself and makes us crave more social media stimulation, to the point that five to 10 percent of internet users report they can’t control how much time they spend online. Brain scans have also revealed that talking about ourselves and our opinions on social media can trigger the parts of the brain involved in orgasms, motivation and love.
Perhaps even more scary is the rise of phantom vibration syndrome, a phenomenon where people feel their phone buzzing when it hasn't actually received a call or text. This is because our brains are so used to feeling our phones vibrate, they can actually perceive a physical itch, which you'd normally want to scratch, as an incoming text or call. Oh, and that’s not to mention the effect social media has on multi-tasking.
But, it's not all bad news, especially when it comes to meeting a potential life partner. Check out the latest episode above to find out more.