Infographic: This is your brain on social media

Research shows social media is harder to resist than sleep and sex. Sleep! And sex! Chances are this doesn’t end well for us.


If you weren’t cognizant in the late ’80s, you (sadly) missed the pinnacle of the anti-drug PSA era, the crème de la crème, of course, being the Partnership for a Drug-Free America’s “This is Your Brain on Drugs” campaign.

I still can’t eat eggs.

Today there’s an even more pervasive drug scrambling our brains: social media.

A recent infographic from OnlineCollegeCourses.com tells us that social media is harder to resist than sleep and sex. Sleep! And sex! Meanwhile, we love to talk about ourselves on social media. In fact, that’s what 80 percent of our online conversations are about—us, compared with 30 to 40 percent in real life.

And just like drugs, food, and sex, our brains sizzle with gratifying, yet fleeting pleasure with every narcissistic mention.

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