Social Media Checks & Balances: Tweet Like You Eat

Let’s be real… too much of a good thing is not a good thing. But just because a good thing can become a bad thing, doesn’t mean it’s not good. If you’re like me, sometimes you’d rather just not know exactly how something is affecting you. …The thing about social media, though, is that psychologists are finding it has just as many positive effects as it does negative effects. …The rest is up to us.

I’m learning that social media is kind’ve like food. Excessive eating is never going to be healthy, but eating the right things at the right time and occasionally splurging is not only healthy, but enjoyable in the long run!

Take heart, social media in moderation will benefit us more than it will hurt us.

Nonetheless, here are some of the psychological effects [good, bad, + ugly] of social media according to a study published on Psychology Today.

THE GOOD MEDIA EFFECTS:

  • IQs are rising, according to the Education Testing Service. Much of the increase is due to advances in media assisted learning and interactive game playing.
  • Girls are advancing in the field of science. Some studies attribute this to increased numbers of females engaging in interactive game play.
  • The nexus between media and learning is increasingly popular and we are learning more about learning.
  • Communication is increasing across cultures.
  • Media has helped foster public understanding of many crucial issues.

THE BAD MEDIA EFFECTS:

  • Attention spans are decreasing because of exposure to excessively stimulating and fast-paced media. A direct link between exposure to media stimulation and ADD has surfaced from research.
  • Violence in media causes desensitization to violence. It may facilitate violent acts. Violence may be contagious by observational learning and social agreement.
  • Media-assisted crimes like identity theft and child pornography are taking new forms.
  • Average number of sleep hours per night decreases in inverse proportion to the average number of hours per day of Internet use.
  • Internet Addiction Disorder (IAD) is increasingly diagnosed by professionals.

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