Social media and the Internet are drastically altering your brain, science explains

From phantom vibrations, to narcissistic behavior, here are the mind-altering components of social media

Published September 9, 2014 2:23PM (EDT)


Have you ever sworn your phone buzzed, only to check and find no new notifications? Or found it difficult to pry yourself away from the Internet? Do you feel a jolting high when a tweet resonates and garners multiple favorites?

Well, this may all be the result of brain rewiring due to technology use. We know that Facebook can be addictive -- and mood altering -- but what about the rest of the World Wide Web and social media?

A new video from AsapSCIENCE outlines how technology may be altering our brains -- decreasing our ability to multitask, rewiring us for instant gratification, and even showing signs of dependence. There may, however, be one upside. Watch below to find out:

By Sarah Gray

Sarah Gray is an assistant editor at Salon, focusing on innovation. Follow @sarahhhgray or email

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