Plenty of academics and researchers are jumping all over the place, trying to find links between social media and brain function.
Do the still relatively new tools of social media alter/denigrate/enhance our brain function? (Take your pick.)
Seriously, many learned people are spending time on this subject. The topic even has its own Wikipedia page.
But not all the research is doom and gloom and warnings of our impending and immediately breakdown of mental, physical, emotional and social capacities.
Some research evidently suggests Tweeting as much as 10 minutes each day can raise oxytocin levels in the blood by as much as 13 percent. This would be a good thing.
And, sure, while other researchers point out social media fuels our narcissism (it’s nicknamed SoMe for a reason), others point out we may get an adrenaline boost from checking in on the social webzez. (I’m getting a little tingly right now. How ’bout you?)
Readers of a certain age will recall a famous (or infamous) anti-drug television commercial from the 1980s in which we were invited to metaphorically imagine our brains were eggs. The on-camera talent then broke the egg and splashed it into a hot frying pan where it was, of course, fried immediately.
“This is your brain on drugs,” explained the talent about the frying egg brain. “Any questions?”
And while we all had questions, some even serious questions, the message was clear: drugs fry your brain. Okay, we get that.
In the same joyous spirit, we’d like to borrow the easy-to-read graph with art put together by the good folks at TollFreeForwarding to explain to us what happens to your brains on social media. And while we’re not sure, exactly, what toll-free international calling has to do with social media, the infographic is entertaining nonetheless. (Oh wait, we get it.)
We’re certainly not endorsing any of the conclusions depicted in this infographic – nor do we even say we buy them as any kind of truth or scientifically-researched inference – but it’s fun to think about. While we can…before social media turns us into oxytocin-addicted, illiterate, reward-craving, forgetful narcissists.
Anyone for a fried egg?