Lab #11

Part One

  1. Snap(chat) out of it
  2. Know Your (Insta)Worth
  3. Social Media: Why it could be taking over your life
  4. Your Brain Loves Social Media
  5. How to Know You’ve Reached the End of Your Feed
  6. Every Post Has a Silver Lining
  7. Social Media Spell
  8. Why do Our Brains Like Social Media?
  9. Are You Addicted to Social Media?

Part Two

Why couldn’t I give up social media for a day?

Social media has been a part of my life since I was 14 years old when my mother finally allowed me to get Facebook.

Simple. It’s neuroscience.

Going on social media can alter the levels of oxytocin in our brains.

Not only do our brains chemically feel good when we double tap someone’s Instagram picture but so does that person’s.

We post with reason and a team of researchers led by Dar Meshi discovered why we post on Facebook by using brain-imaging data.

People approve and so we are inclined to continue to do what we’re doing.

We keep posting (hello, post limit) and the more time people spend on Facebook, the more they believed that others were happier and generally had better lives than them (Stronge).

You can even find me (and I’m sure many others) scrolling through Instagram or snapchatting in the nightclub.

I’m sure I am not the only one that compares my life to others on social media.

All it takes is someone’s cute, flawless selfie for you to feel insecure.

But Photoshop exists so what we perceive on these sites isn’t always true.

How many times have you heard your friend tell you she wishes that she could be as positive and healthy as her favourite Instagrammer?

People on Facebook create their ideal selves and the image of a more positive life than reality on this platform (Stronge).

 

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