In this short video, AsapSCIENCE shows us the good, bad, and the ugly of how using social media impact on the brain. The ugly? Digital devices provide the same addictive dopamine release as cocaine and encourage multi-tasking, which has been shown to be ineffective.
Nicholas Carr, author of The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains, also worries about the impact of digital communication on our sense of time:
Our gadgets train us to expect near-instantaneous responses to our actions, and we quickly get frustrated and annoyed at even brief delays… The phenomenon is amplified by the constant buzz of Facebook, Twitter, texting, and social networking in general. Society’s ‘activity rhythm’ has never been so harried. Impatience is a contagion spread from gadget to gadget.
Try taking a week, or just a day, off social media, to see how you feel.