How Social Media Is Changing Your Brain

Hello and welcome to another video. Its almost impossible to come across someone
who doesn’t have a social media account. it become a necessity in todays world. For most of us, its our primary source of
information, connections and entertainment. We might not have realised it but there are
a lot of things have changed in our life Since we have started using social media, primarily
because of its affect on our brain. Of course it has its own pros and cons but
here on this video we will focus on the idea of how social media is changing your brain. So hit that subscribe button and the bell
besides it and lets jump in. social media is destroying your most valuable
skill – attention Social media companies are literally spending
billions of dollars every single year just to find more creative ways to make you spend
more time on their site, because The more time you spend on their site, the more money
they make! But unfortunately, that comes at a cost of
hurting your brain in a way that you might not have realised. There is something in your brain thats called
dopamine, its a little nuetrasmitter that responsible for your motivation, it controls
your reward system. Everything we do is because of this dopamine
receptor, that part of your brain realises the reward and craves for it until you get
that reward. So it increases every time you get a reward
and then comes back to its normal level after that. Drugs for example significantly increase your
dopamine level, up to 400 if you take cocain. And the reason we get addicted to them is
because after boosting our dopamine many times to that level, our new average becomes much
higher, so the only thing we will be motivated to do is what will increase our dopamine above
that average. Thats why you find most drug addicts loosing
interesting in hobbies, socializing, and everything else because most of what we do daily raises
our dopamine level to less that 200, which is lower than the average of a drug addict. Thats why drug addicts are comfortable even
to live in streets as long as they get that dopamine boost from a drug. And surprisingly, social media has the exact
same effect, of course it doesn’t increases your dopamine to 400 but slightly lower than
that. Every time you get a notification on your
phone, your dopamine level spikes, and thats why, you straight away check your phone to
see whats there. Or when you are looking into you news feed
for example, you keep scrolling down, because your brain is anticipating a reward, the next
post might be something you like, something that you might enjoy, thats the reward that
your brain is expecting, thats why you keep scrolling. And what happens overtime is that, you new
average of dopamine becomes higher than the normal and you find yourself every 5 minutes
checking your Facebook for example, just to see if there is something new. So it gets difficult for you to stay concentrated
doing something productive because other things just don’t spike your dopamine level like
social media. In other words, social media destroying your
most valuable skill – which is your ability to stay focused. 2. And that drives us to the second point – It
damages you memory The problem isn’t just about struggling
to stay focused because of social media but rather even these little minutes in between
when we try to do something productive becomes extremely ineffective. Lets for example you want to read book, that
information first goes to your short term memory and then after a while, especially
when you sleep, it transfers into your long term memory, thats how learning actually happens. But when you are constantly distracted by
social media, this process becomes a mess. because once you learn something, it straight
gets replaced with what you read on social media, so even if you spend an hour studying
or reading, that information doesn’t properly gets stored in your long term memory. In other words, you just waited your time. I guess you are fed up already of listening
how social media ruining up your brain and you want to know what can you do about it? The first thing you want to do is to bring
down your dopamine average to its normal level so actives such as reading a book, going to
a gym or simply going out with friends will start appearing interesting enough to your
brain. The best solution is of course to delete all
of your social media apps, but its almost impossible to live without them because for
some of us its the main tool to connect with others. But try at least to quite it for couple of
weeks until you get rid of your addiction and then come back to it, but this time you
will be able to control yourself since you are no longer addicted. But if you can’t, at least whenever you
are working, just turn off your wife if you don’t really need or as I prefer to do it
is to keep my phone far away from my table, or used apps such as stay focused! Just keep in mind that in the first couple
of days or more that will be very difficult to restrain yourself but then it gets easier. Another thing I found very helpful is meditation,
is to keep everything aside and try to focus on one thing for as long as you can. Start with 5 minutes and then go up to half
and hour if you can, that will strengthen your attention and will give you the willpower
to stay focused even when your phone is vibrating with a notification. Thats all for today, hit that like button
if you have enjoyed this video. Thanks for watching and I will see you in
the next one!


  1. Proactive Thinker said:

    “There are many things of which a wise man might wish to be ignorant” 
    ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

    October 29, 2017
  2. Dark Nate said:

    You hit many good points in your video! Unfortunately which is why the future of this country is going to hell! Our future government will be run by retards!! And hopefully I will be dead before that time comes!

    October 31, 2017
  3. Harshit Gupta said:

    I wonder why YouTube logo is not there 😛

    November 1, 2017
  4. Haft said:

    you're right but let me check my SC someone sent me a foto 😉

    November 4, 2017
  5. Abundance America - Health, Wealth & Wisdom said:

    Great video! Would you consider Youtube a social network?

    November 6, 2017
  6. Shubham Singh Yadav said:

    Thank you..

    November 6, 2017
  7. Michael K said:

    Demeges…yea damages my spelling

    November 6, 2017
  8. Yassy Dazzy said:

    everybody needs to see this.

    November 6, 2017
  9. Ravi Teja said:

    Hit the subscribe button and the bell 🔔 beside it 😛

    November 12, 2017
  10. Steffy BelizZz said:

    Eh notifications are annoying, I have goals I have to achieve, milestones to reach, I don't have the time to check notifications. I even dislike YouTube notifications. Keep my status bar clear please, text messages and important stuff only

    November 23, 2017
  11. Noor Noor said:

    Thank you.

    December 6, 2017
  12. Didar Gurdov said:

    It was good topic.Thanx for mentioning about it.keep growing:)

    December 9, 2017
  13. Divine Angelic said:

    Dear lord why are our precious children acting like jerks listening to that disgusting music wake up and stop !

    January 7, 2018
  14. Sosa Wallace said:

    Social media is a waste of time
    Accept youtube

    January 7, 2018
  15. Sosa Wallace said:

    Read books more and study more

    January 7, 2018
  16. Rohini Nanda said:

    Amazing video on social media addiction, keep up the good work, must watch

    January 8, 2018
  17. Joshua Nyabayo said:

    Talks how social Media changes your brain, then at the video desctiption gives Social Media Links, lol

    January 10, 2018
  18. dennison morgan said:

    great video, more people need to watch

    January 18, 2018
  19. Claytos Republic said:

    Social Media is the new smoking: Truth told very simply and clearly.Liking and Sharing …

    January 26, 2018
  20. Ruth CoG said:

    Just deleted snapchat, instagram etc.
    Hope my life will be better now.

    February 1, 2018
  21. Anthony Sanchez-Escobar said:

    ur on social media and ur talking shit bout hahaha tf

    March 19, 2018
  22. Nvn Spark said:

    Keep growing please .U work is needed

    April 6, 2018
  23. Blathers said:

    The only apps I use everyday are discord, youtube, and steam. And google

    May 22, 2018
  24. Daniel Metodiev said:

    Very nice video,bro!Keep growing!

    May 24, 2018
  25. Kudoshi said:

    Been trying to fight my smartphone addiction. But hasnt been working well. I could stay away from my smartphone however i do need the messaging apps to get info on schools and assignments. If only there are apps that shows you only the important messages. Else im procastinating on youtube on stopping to procastinate and fight addiction

    June 25, 2018
  26. heba gamal ramly said:

    great channel

    August 4, 2018
  27. Aravinth Balaji said:

    We would be really glad if you provide us the your screen writings as pdf or jpg. Because I believe, pasting them in the wall will etch in our brain, what you say. It is a little difficult to remember it everytime. So If you could give us a poster like or pdf like thing, we would be really grateful.

    September 7, 2018
  28. Naomi Gerhardt said:

    youtube is social media

    September 25, 2018
  29. Naomi Gerhardt said:

    hey hey hey my dudes

    September 28, 2018
  30. Jacob Barides said:

    Social media is great to get rid of nostalgia. I only use insta once a day for three or four minutes. I usually check to see how my friends are doing, what they Posted etc. And click off. Great video! inspiring as usual.

    October 22, 2018
  31. E A M said:

    Just advice 😅
    But will the narrator chnage his voice or change it into lively like more attractive, because it seem like even of the the video are really informative it will exhaust you because of the narrator. Sorry😅

    October 29, 2018
  32. ShashwathStryke said:

    I play videogames to Keep myself away from social media

    November 24, 2018
  33. abdo jama said:

    I was studying german for hours. I noticed that I couldn't remember a lot of things. And my attention was damaged too. I remember me having such good memory. Social media really fucked me up real good. I no longer use it thank god. Thank u for this amazing video

    December 25, 2018
  34. VEGETADTX said:

    I MIGHT BE WRONG but I think you got the concept of the "tolerance buildup" wrongly. In most addictions it is not that the Dopamine average raises, it is that the dopamine average actually FALLS (because a lot of Dopamine receptors are getting smashed AKA desensitized) and so in order to even feel NORMAL one needs more Dopmaine and in turn they immediately turn to a next ingestion of the drug.
    Of course, not feeling good enough by default makes you unable to enjoy regular activities.

    I mean it is probably way more complex than both your and mine explanation, but I'm relatively sure that the latter is how MOST types of drugs induce the "tolerance build up" phenomenon.

    Also, different people are prone to get addicted to different things. Social media in and of itself is not very addictive, it's just that a lot of people find it addictive.

    For example, I was always active on social media, but I NEVER felt any significant unhealthy side effects of it.
    At the end of the day, telling yourself – "that's it! I'm going out for a walk with my friends and I don't care about the social networks right now, I'll check the inbox later!" – Is really not all that hard 🙂
    Of course there are always unusually susceptible individuals.

    December 25, 2018
  35. Krista Shook said:

    And what are we all doing….. watching this video haha

    February 25, 2019
  36. Zee A said:

    YouTube is also social media!! Can be very addictive switch off auto playing next video

    March 5, 2019
  37. Tharindu Jayawardana said:

    Thanks.. grate video

    March 7, 2019
  38. mariooutsider luigi said:


    March 15, 2019
  39. Alessandro Finello said:

    It's crazy I can't even read a book or watch a movie anymore, my attention span has become so low since social media. I find it very hard also to study and learn something. They really are reprogramming our brain.

    May 24, 2019
  40. psychotic fairy said:

    maybe i'm just speaking for myself, but everytime someone says "subscribe" i make an effort not to so.. FAIL!

    June 26, 2019
  41. Fats Waller said:

    Internet pornography will destroy your mind the internet is addictive and my entire generation is growing up with this addiction. The irony as I type this on my phone 🤦‍♂️ I feel like people used to get along better because we didn’t have these little distraction devices to keep us from the experiencing the real world… or even talking to each other

    August 22, 2019
  42. Karan vinayak said:

    if you maintain your social media addictions , you are in 10% of those people , who actually rule rest 90% .
    Be smart 🙂

    September 7, 2019
  43. Sebastian Voisin said:


    September 16, 2019
  44. Kizzy Milner said:

    No wonder why I’m so irritated when I can’t remember anything.

    September 18, 2019
  45. Carter Garcia said:

    i don know if this guy realized that you are using your computer or phone to watch this so i guess this means this is positing are brains too.

    September 20, 2019
  46. chamboyette853 said:

    Notice how there are no paid advertisements on this.

    September 23, 2019
  47. UTSAV DEWAN said:

    Really useful video..

    October 13, 2019
  48. Utsav Meena said:

    Bhai totla h tu 🤣🤣🤣

    February 5, 2020

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