Mar 11, 2020
In this age of smartphones and social media, people of all ages spend lots of time staring at screens, both for practical and social purposes. With this increased use in screen time, comes the question of how this use affects and influences the user’s brains. Therese and Dr. Turel discuss some of his ongoing research into how excessive social media use and social media addiction affects the brain, particularly the reward system in the brain, and what we are now beginning to understand as the interaction between social media, and technology in general, on the brain and brain development.
"We do not know if social media use has led to these brain changes, or rather, existing brain changes or differences have led to different social media use patterns. So, it's a chicken and egg type of question that is very difficult to address in research." — Dr. Ofir Turel
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