The Use of Social Media and Hormones
Have you ever thought about the relation
between the use of social media and hormones? You might think these two
subjects are unrelated but at the end of this article, your opinion will be
The part that directs our dopamine hormones
named Nucleus Accumbens. If you eat chocolate, your Nucleus Accumbens steps in
and produces dopamine. Dopamine is a hormone that gives you happiness. So, what
is the connection between all of these and the use of social media?
Research made at UCLA showed that at the age
of 13-18 are reacting their increasing or decreasing social media likes in the
hormonal level. When their likes decreased, their dopamine level was also
decreased and when their likes were increased their dopamine levels were
increased in the same way.
What Does It Mean?
It means that social media affects our
neurology just like the use of drugs or alcohol. The use of social media is in
the same class as these addictions, consequently, the use of social media can
also be classified as an addiction.