How Social Media Affects Your Brain [Infographic]

Posted by Chelsea Hejny on 18 Sep 2014 / 0 Comment

Whenever I use Instagram my friends like to accuse me of looking like a zombie. I stop blinding normally and become totally transfixed by my iPhone. It can be a bit embarrassing when I get like this, but now, thanks to science, I don’t feel too guilty about my Instagram obsession. My brain’s chemicals are being affected —  I can’t help my addiction, people!

Don’t think it’s possible to be addicted to social media? Think again. According today’s infographic from, it’s more addictive than smoking, drinking, spending money, sleeping and sex.

Constant notifications from our social profile and mobile devices act like “reward cues” for our brain. Our bodies also receive a jolt of adrenaline from checking in on social media. Are you surprised by this? I’m not!

Readers, have you ever felt your brain being affected by your use of social media? Tell me your story in the comment section below. 

Your Brain on Social