We live in the age of social media. A few years back we would have never thought that social platforms would become so important in our lives. With the rise of these social sites, people have got a platform to not only share their thoughts but to also voice their opinion. Other than that social media is useful to us in many other ways. For example, it helps us to socialize, make new friends, know about world news, stay connected with your loved ones, etc. Nowadays, social media has become an important part of marketing strategies as well. With all the benefits, it has to provide, it is really hard for us to imagine our lives without it.
There is no doubt that social media has become a constant part of our lives. Not a single day goes by without browsing all your social profiles. But how many of you are aware of the fact that social media can also affect our minds? Social media is used by the majority of the population but only a few of you may be aware of this. In this article, we are going to discuss the effects that social media is likely to have on our minds.
Ways social media affect our mind
According to scientists, social media has the ability to change our minds. In other words, it can change the way our brain works. There can be both good and negative effects. Having said that. Let’s take a look at some of the ways it affects our mind.
- It improves your memory
Who would have ever thought that social media could improve your memories? Unlike old photos and albums, social media can improve your memories of certain events. According to studies, it has been found that we tend to remember the events better when they are posted online. This may sound strange to you but this is the truth. Experts have commented that social media posts can improve your memory recall. Well, this is actually a good impact you can say.
- Can be bad for your mental health
You must have been nagged by your parents with this one. Well, they are actually right. Using too much of social media can actually affect your mental health in a bad way. Using social media for shorter periods is fine but getting addicted to it is not. You see too much of anything is never good. Now the question is what bad impact it may have on your mental health.
Social media is a place where you meet a lot of new people. Everyone has the liberty to share whatever they want. This includes their pictures as well. When you see someone who you think is better than you, you start comparing yourself with that very person. You may not realize this but it can actually have a damaging effect on your mental health. You will try to present your best version online so that people can see you and appreciate. In other words, you will try every possible thing to make yourself look good like others. This type of comparison is not considered to be healthy in reality.
- It can cut short your attention span
We humans naturally have a short attention span. But using too much social media can reduce it to even less. If you are a heavy social media user, you are likely to perform poorly while switching from one task to another. This is no assumption as it has already been proved by the study conducted by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
- It can disrupt your sleep
You don’t need any study or survey to prove this. You may already know this in your mind but would just like to ignore it. Social media does mess up with our sleep. Many of us the habit of scrolling through our Facebook feed in the night. This may actually continue for an hour or more. Studies have shown that the blue light emitting from your mobile devices can keep you awake in the night. If you are already fallen trap to insomnia, it can create a vicious cycle of wakefulness. According to experts, if you want to get some serious sleep, you should stop using your mobile devices by 9 pm in the night. But how many of us can follow that in reality?
- It messes with your nervous system
Have you ever thought that your phone is vibrating when in reality it hasn’t? If you have already felt it then you are suffering from phantom vibration syndrome. In layman’s terms, your nervous system has become hypersensitive. It reacts even when your phone is actually not vibrating. This is actually considered to be a kind of hyper-vigilance. If you often suffer from this problem, you should cut down on your social media usage for some time. This is for your own benefit.
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- It can make you a follower but definitely not in a good way
When you spend too much time on social media, it activates herd mentality in you. This means that you will lose your ability to think for yourself. You will try to follow and do the things that you see on social media. You no longer will be able to form your own opinions. You will go along with what has been spread by social media. This type of effect can actually create problems even in real life.
Like all the other things in the world, you should be using social media in moderate doses. This will not let it affect you in bad ways. Always remember that too much of anything is never good enough. Most of the users are not aware of these effects and thus, they continue to use it. Now that you have become familiar with the problems, you can share it with others to spread awareness. You can use social media but don’t overdo it.