What are the benefits of social media and networked groups for biohackers?
You already know that the need for social contacts and close ties is deeply rooted in us. A connected group has many benefits – not just in terms of survival and maintaining social contacts. A social group, such as facebook, offers much more than that.
Through the social bonds created by the networking of friends, family members or work colleagues, we feel very close to other people, even if they are miles away or live in a different time zone. Exchanging ideas with others can improve well-being many times over. Why?
Because we know that we are not alone and that we can share our problems and needs with others. Especially when there is a lot of hustle and bustle and stress in everyday life, we are not only looking for a balance – we often look for the closeness of other people in order to speak out, to reorient ourselves, to motivate ourselves and thus to feel better again.
We can also organize ourselves more easily to social activities. These, in turn, can be a real asset to our social behavior and effective protection against loneliness, isolation, and depression.
Social media also facilitates the dissemination of information, knowledge and wisdom. This enables us to exchange information on important topics quickly and specifically and to learn a lot from each other.
As you can see, social media channels have a huge impact on us and our everyday lives. We can network on both private and professional levels to make new contacts and expand our knowledge. Facebook and Co offer a wealth of information that you can use as a biohacker to your advantage. What happens in your brain when you use social media, we're now clarifying.
Social Media Use: What Happens at the Neurological level ?
We use social media almost every day without thinking about the impact of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram on our brains. According to some opinion, social media is just as addictive as drugs. Because: Many social media users can no longer control the useful life. After logging in, many important things are left behind while you respond to friend requests online, entertain your followers, share content and set likes.
As a biohacker, of course, you're constantly looking for new information that benefits your well-being and performance, but you can quickly get lost in the social media cosmos with the abundance of actions and reactions, likes and "get felt." The fact is that something happens in your brain when you use social media regularly or too often.
When using Facebook or Twitter, haven't you ever wondered what other social media users' lives look like and how they would respond to feedback or comments? We are often driven by the opinions of others. We're already thinking about what others think about us, what comments they might post, whether they like our post, or what our posting should look like to make them like it. Scientists also like to call this the Mentalizing Network.
When we compare ourselves and our profile and content with others and color possible comments in spirit, researchers refer to this behavior as the Self-Referential Cognition Network. We just think too much about what others think when we post, like, or comment on this or that.
As a biohacker, you are of course often on the Internet – always looking for new ways to constantly develop. Social media can be a great help in this regard to gather praise, recognition, encouragement and valuable information.
However, some reactions do not leave a user cold. On the contrary, every content that is posted generates feedback. Facebook and other social media give you and other users the opportunity to respond to feedback, whether positive or negative.
Of course, we are happy when we receive a "like". Did you know that positive feedback activates the reward center in your brain? It's like eating a piece of chocolate.
As you learned in our article about craving attacks, your brain releases the happiness hormone dopamine. Your body doesn't make a difference here, whether you're something sweet or get a like on Facebook.
Because you feel better as soon as your body releases dopamine, you naturally want more of it. Either you eat more (or more often) chocolate or you're looking for likes and (positive) feedback. Likes and recognition are addictive. Social media users are always anxious to present themselves in the most positive light possible – always on the hunt for likes and feedback. The more positive the feedback, the more often they use social media.