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Evolution To Blame For Social Media Addictions?

Its been a long ongoing debate about whether or not this generation is becoming addicted to social media. And like everything else, there are hundreds of different opinions on the subject, but a leading phycologist (aka someone who knows what they’re talking about) has come out with an interesting theory.

Our brains are actually evolving into needing a fix of social media. Basically.Evolution To Blame For Social Media Addictions

This is what he actually said –

The fact that many people have a compulsion to engage with lots of people via social media isn’t really that surprising,

Our brains have evolved for us to be social animals.

What’s interesting is that you might assume that the wider exposure to differing views that social media brings would make us all much more open-minded.

What we see in reality of course is the opposite. People seem more likely to slot into niche groups of thought online than in real life.”

Although this might seem to be a little sad, it is also just the way things are now. Everything is online. It is more common these days to meet your partner online than it is to meet at a bar or a party or some other social event.

Evolution To Blame For Social Media Addictions?

Professor Bruce Hood thinks that we prefer to socialise online because we are more relaxed this way, we don’t have to concentrate on the situation around us and we have more control over ourselves and the situations that we are in.

Apparently, we as a species are now classed as ‘natural gossips’ and our brains crave constant engagement with others, and with social media we have this right at our fingertips. Literally. No matter what time it is, their will be at least a couple of billion people around the world using the internet, so there will always be someone to connect with.

So the next time your grandparents moan at you for being on your phone too much, you are able to blame it on evolution.



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