As technology has advanced, the world has become more interconnected than ever.
The internet brought the ability to instantly access information from all over the world to our fingertips, however it was the proliferation of social media that connected us all in a more direct and personal way.
Most people can’t imagine going back to the life of a few years agin free of social media, and why should they? It has undoubtedly improved our lives in many ways, hasn’t it?
Researchers, seeking to better understand how social media effects us have been conducting a myriad studies on the physical and metal effects that social media has on us both mentally and physically.
One recent study, which looked at 138 Facebook users, came to some very interesting conclusions regarding Facebook and its relationship to stress.
The researchers split the Facebook users into 2 groups. One of the groups continued using Facebook as normal, while the second group abstained from Facebook for 5 days. At the end of the 5 day period both groups were tested for cortisol, a stress hormone via saliva analysis.
The researchers found that cortisol was significantly lower in the group who was on a 5 day break from Facebook vs the group who was actively using Facebook.
"Our cortisol findings in particular suggest that Facebook use can have measurable effects on hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenocortical functioning and the body's responses to stress", write the researchers.
This is significant because chronic heightened cortisol can cause body fat accumulation, and lead to higher incidence of chronic disease such as cancer and heart disease
Interestingly, the users who kept using Facebook self reported experiencing their lives as more pleasant than those who were not using Facebook.
The reason for the feelings of life being more pleasant can be attributed to addiction.
Research has shown that likes, and feedback that users receive form social media, cause a release of dopamine very similar to a drug.
So the more that you use social media to garner attention the more your brain becomes addicted to it.
Researchers concluded that the reduction in cortisol after the 5 day break could prove beneficial for the health and well being of social media users.
So it just might be time to unplug from social media and break the addiction.
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The Burden of On Line Friends: The Effects of giving up Facebook on Stress and Sense of Well Being. Eric J. Vanman