The potential damaging effects of social media are often nuanced and subtle, but can easily lead to porn and other addictive patterns. What if social media is rewiring us for addiction? What are some steps we can take to move away from this trend? This episode will increase your self-awareness of the impact social media has on your life.
Social Media Is Highly Addictive
Social media is designed to keep our attention. The various platforms are all created in a way to wire our brains to keep coming back for more. Even though there isn't anything inherently wrong with using social media, we do need to be aware that it can become a coping mechanism for stress that often eventually leads to porn.
Social Media Activates The Brain's Reward Center
Social media activates the limbic system (or 'reward center') in our brain by causing highly emotional 'feel-good' responses each time we get a notification, comment, or see a picture we like. That part of our brain then becomes overused and diminishes the power and development of the pre-frontal cortex (responsible for logic, decision-making, and problem solving). When this happens we are wired for needing social media to help us manage emotions and to make us feel better when we are dealing with negative emotions. This causes us to become hooked into an addictive lifestyle and unhealthy patterns. With our pre-frontal cortex now shut down, we are more susceptible to pornography and/or lustful graphics.
An Addictive Lifestyle Limits Connection With God, Others, And Ourselves
God has created us for connection. When we are battling an addiction with porn or even social media, we have a hard time connecting with others. We then miss out on what God has for us and lack healthy connections with others. This increases the likelihood of depression, anxiety, and overall discontentment with our lives.
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