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This Is Your Brain on Social Media: Any Questions?

Random Thought: I’ve come to the conclusion that Social Media is extremely harmful to our society. Because social media creates a false sense of community, I don’t think we even realize that we are losing the ability to interact with people on a one-on-one basis, because we think we are having meaningful interactions with people online.

But it’s not just social media. I think it’s also the easy access we have to the Internet and online gaming, through our computers and mobile devices. And let’s not forget about the mind-numbing shows we watch on TV. All of this is harmful to the well-being of our society.

I’m finding it harder today to engage people in any meaningful conversations.

We used to hear about how drug-use destroys the brain. We all should remember the commercial where they used the example of an egg frying in a pan to resemble the affects drugs have on the brain: This is your brain on drugs.

Well, maybe I need to come up with a new commercial that symbolizes the affects social media, smart phones, and TV have on the brain. They’re slowly destroying our brain cells and making us into human robots. This is all so very sad.

These things, if not controlled, can become great distractions, taking over our lives. They seem to have an addictive quality, making it virtually impossible to look away.

I even wonder if people start to experience withdrawal symptoms if they are away from their computers and mobile devices for an extended period of time.

From a business standpoint, I think Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram were brilliant ideas. Where else could you get people to freely, and without compensation, divulge every detail of their personal lives online, making it an advertiser’s paradise.

I can imagine these companies charge top-dollar to advertising companies to display their products on our social media pages. People have become multi-millionaires off of our willingness to divulge the details of our lives over social media.

I would love to see us get back to the business of being vibrant, fully engaged, personable human beings. Instead of reaching out to that friend over social media, pick up the phone and see how they’re doing. Better yet, make plans to meet them face-to-face. Drive by their house and pop in on them. This let’s people know we are thinking about them, and that we care.

Visit that elderly relative, or neighbor. They would love to see you.

There are so many people who would be blessed by your presence. You don’t always have to say much. Just being there could brighten their day. There are so many lonely people who cannot be reached through social media.

I think we underestimate the power meaningful human contact has on a person. Spirits are lifted. Laughter ensues. Loneliness melts away. This is all very important to the health and well-being of our society.

Do you think we’ll ever get back to the good ol’ days before social media, the Internet, and smart phones? Or are those days long gone, never to return? What do you think?

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