The dangers of Social Media

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Dangers of Social Media

Yesterday I watched a video which led me to write this article.

It was a video about improving yourself as Bradley Cooper did in the movie Limitless.

For the people that do not know the movie limitless: The premise is that Eddie, a washed-up writer, finds a drug called NZT-48. This drug makes him super smart. It’s actually one of my favorite movies. (We do not talk about the TV-show).

After watching Limitless I actually became obsessed with becoming limitless myself. Unfortunately, there are no magic pills that can make you smart but there are ways to improve your cognitive abilities. This, however, is another subject altogether.

Dopamine

Dopamine
Dopamine

Before I tell you the exact dangers of Social Media I first need to explain Dopamine and why it’s very important.

Dopamine is a neuron inside your body that causes your brain to get a natural high. Yes, that’s right, you can get high by taking no (illegal) substance into your body.

Dopamine affects vital brain functions such as mood, sleep, memory, concentration, learning, motor control and so much more. A dopamine deficiency may be related to certain medical conditions which include depression.

There are ways to increase your dopamine to such a level that it will not only make you very happy but it will also make you very high.

Here’s the dangerous part though. Too much dopamine can lead you to want more and more. That’s where social media comes in.

Dopamine and Social Media

Social Media
Social Media

You can raise your dopamine using Social Media but when you do you’ll only enter a slide that leads to nothing but a craving for more.

You see, we are species that likes attention. Attention rises our dopamine. When we add pictures of yourself on Social Media and we get likes we get high. This is caused by dopamine.

Liking other pictures, videos, comments can also give you a high because of dopamine.

Unfortunately, this is for a very short period.

You will keep craving for more

Social Media Addiction
Social Media Addiction

There you have it. Like a drug addict, you want more and more. In the past, you could laugh at a cat who sneezed but that doesn’t affect you anymore. You could watch “Charlie bit my finger” over and over and it would entertain you but that was in the past. It doesn’t give you a high anymore.

The more you use it… the more you want it.

That’s the dangerous side of Social Media.

So what?

I am not saying stop using Social Media at all. On the contrary. You are probably here because of Social Media.

What we need to do is limit our time on Social Media and spend more time educating yourself.

Did you know that if you read 3 books on a specific subject you already become an expert? Read something about the cold war or about lucid dreaming.

That’s what I’ll be doing.

Thanks for reading,

Engin Soysal