Ways Social Media Is Changing Your Brain – Natalie Gleyze

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Here are some Social Media sites that students would easily recognize.

                                                                                                                                                        I chose this topic because I do spend a lot of time on the internet and social media. I’ve been  told to get off my phone because it’s rotting my brain or It’s disconnecting me from my surroundings.This topic not only affects me but it affects my family too. Both my parents and sister have devices that connect them to the interwebs, we use them whether for work or social time. Before my research I knew that social media can be really addicting for some people, I got really in depth with that part in my presentation. I learned that your brain acts the same way it does to drugs when addicted to social media and I can connect it to how your body reacts to certain drugs like alcohol, cigars and cocain. Considering that these drugs are very bad for your brain and body, it is important to pay attention to how much time you spend online. This topic is very sensitive to me because I am very social on the internet and sometimes I get carried away. It is important for me and other teenagers to be well informed on what can happen when social media takes over our lives. Teenagers like me can risk of having loss of sleep, getting distracted easily and they can even push aside responsibilities due to social media.

          I learned that social media can link the whole world together but at the same time separate us. People can be conversing online and having a good time but while others are so addicted that they forget there’s a real world right in front of them. In my opinion social media is a great invention, letting us interact with so many different people that it still amazes me, but not many teenagers these days know what’s happening to their bodies when there’s too much social media, not even me! Though social media isn’t that bad, studies have found that there is a statistical increase in successful partnerships that start online 一 surprising, right? Wait till you hear this one 一 heavy media users are much worse at multitasking than others because they get distracted easily. I really thought that being able to switch between work and websites helped boost multitasking, but again I was wrong, I have learned from this misunderstanding and will apply my new knowledge more often. We should lessen our use of gadgets to lessen how distracted we get. After researching about this topic I realized that, yes, eating healthy food and exercising regularly is considered healthy for your body, but controlling how much time you spend online is a big contributor to your health and wellness, too. So don’t ignore the fact that you spend 6 hours of your day on social media alone.