3.4 Social media – Posting like crazy is not your fault

  • GOOD NEWS! POSTING LIKE CRAZY IS NOT YOUR FAULT – I’ll Explain why
  • Your overwhelming drive to post online
  • You feel socially awkward to say “No”
  • Social Media makes you feel good
  • Being popular with people online makes you feel “warm and fuzzy”
  • You suffer FOMO (fear of missing out)

Why do you do this?

Frontal Lobe is in control of your rational thinking. “Teens and tweens are not done growing in this department yet, you’re not done baking” The part of the brain that tell you “it’s not okay to take a picture of his parts and send it to his or her friends”.

  • The area in the brain that is done is the “nucleus accumbency” pleasure seeking part of the brain. Which is why you take risks.
  • This is the part of the brain that is “screaming “I want a  phone” “I want social media” “I want want want”
  • Frontal lobe part of the brain is not developed enough to say “NO NO that’s not a good idea”

Social media companies know this and turn you own needs against you. When you get likes on a page the triggers a chemical reaction in your brain the “pleasure centres of the brain” the then encourages you to post more content to get the same feeling and it becomes addictive.