Do you ‘like’ your self-esteem?

Anyone who knows me knows that I love to think about social media and the effects it has on society. I’ve written a post similar to this before, but recently found an article which made me want to talk about it again. (Plus the fact it’s Valentine’s week so I thought it was fitting!) We get a rush of happiness when we do something good or help someone. This rush of happiness is the release of dopamine in our bodies, making us feel good. Using social media every day is a gold mine for the release of dopamine in our bodies. This is because every time we post something or interact on social media, “we are creating an expectation”. An expectation that others will interact with us. And when they do, we feel a sense of belonging and goodness about ourselves. Not only this, but it has been found that the “same brain areas that are activated for food and water are (also) activated for social stimuli”. This ‘social stimuli’ can be the feedback we get on social media. If somebody likes, shares, comments or interacts in any positive way with our post, we “get the positive effects of it”. It makes us feel good. Because of this, we return to social media to continually feel good about ourselves socially. Some people will judge their own beauty upon the likes they get. The more likes and positive comments received, the more dopamine released. Even an alert on your phone can release dopamine. It creates a rush…

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