Whether you’ve noticed it or not, Facebook has likely changed your brain. You get a rush of dopamine — that same chemical that kicks in when you’re rewarded — when you see a notification. People with more than 229 friends tend to have larger orbital prefrontal cortexes, the area for social behavior and emotion. An interesting infographic from Best Masters in Psychology details the social network’s effect on the brain.
We’ve all done it. Or tried to do it. We said we’d stop going on Facebook to work on a research paper or finish a project around the house. But that hiatus never lasts long, does it? A Canadian writer recently opined on the phenomenon of taking a break from Facebook.
Do you get a little down when you see a Facebook friend post about an engagement, a promotion, or significant achievement, feeling that your own life is a little boring by comparison? Or maybe you found you can’t sleep as well in this golden age of social media. You’re not alone. A U.K. study shows that always being plugged in could have negative effects on your mental health.
The teenage demographic has been one of the hardest to figure out in terms of how they interact with Facebook and other social media sites. A comprehensive study by Common Sense Media shows that 68 percent of teens polled said that Facebook is their main social networking site. Interestingly enough, 36 percent wished they could go back to a time before Facebook.
The comparison of Facebook addition to cigarette addiction surfaced again, this time from Nantes, France, and Damien Fournier, author of blog The 1440 Minutes, which focuses on the 1,440 minutes in each 24-hour day.
Can’t stop checking your Facebook news feed? A new study shows you’re not alone, and the urge for a Facebook fix is at least as strong as the lure of tobacco and alcohol.
Nearly half of college students are scared about how much they depend upon Facebook.
We advocate using Facebook in moderation. But if your usage of the site is causing you grief or conflict, Dan Perguine and Siavosh Arasteh might have a solution for you — as soon as they can get it to work on themselves!
We don’t actually advocate an all-out detox from Facebook, but rather using it in moderation — unless the site causes you pain or conflict that doesn’t go away even with reduced usage. So how many of the following ten questions apply to you?
Do you suffer from Facebook Addiction Disorder?