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Endorphins, Depression, & Social Media

December 13, 2017

 

Endorphins: what are they and how do they play a major role in our daily lives? To fully understand the connection between endorphins, depression, and social media; we must first know their definitions. According to science.howstuffworks.com,

 

“endorphins are produced as a response to certain stimuli, especially stress, fear or pain.” “They interact mainly with receptors in cells found in regions of the brain responsible for blocking pain and controlling emotion.”

Link here (http://bit.ly/2yHX7wr)

 

On the other hand, depression is a state of sadness usually caused from a failed endeavor and/or an emotional response to the withdrawal of something. This state of being is not to be taken lightly as a prolonged period of time can result in many harmful situations not to mention illnesses. According to the aforementioned website, science.howstuffworks.com,

 

“Women experience depression about twice as often as men.” Link here (http://bit.ly/2ykmj8A)

 

The most fascinating place of information is the widespread use of Social Media. It has consumed the lives of millions if not billions across the globe with platforms such as Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. Calculating the total amount of hours spent on these platforms is mind blowing and it’s only increasing year after year.

 

It is estimated 135 minutes (2 hours and 15min) of daily social networking is being used in 2017. Source: Statista Link Here (http://bit.ly/2cPwfyh)

 

Whether it’s shopping online, communicating with friends, or seeking entertainment; social media has just begun to reach the pinnacle of our daily routines. Many people today, when asked what is the first thing they do after they wake up is, “I check my phone.” More importantly is what is being checked on his/her phone. Low and behold, majority check their Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and SnapChat. Now the mood of your day can go one of two ways. The tone of your morning may be really good or down-right depressing. How so you may ask? The simple fact that a post from social media can dictate your mood should be frightening enough. Above all else, letting these platforms have so much influence on you should be avoided or risk having your life in someone else’s hands.

 

 

Bringing it all together, the power of the internet can transform, shape, and control the way we perceive ourselves. Thus, changing the way we look at the world and view our future. Social media has its role but it’s imperative that we don’t let it supersede our core beliefs. Letting others give influence on how to run our day is perfectly fine as long as they fit our needs. For example, reading positive quotes, success stories, and inspirational comeback stories are what challenge us to become the best version of ourselves. On the dark side, reading sad stories of hate, bullying, and violence will only put us in state of anger and depression.

 

Delving deeper is that too much time is wasted on the negative feelings attributed to social media because of how we look at others success stories. This is not to say everyone but the masses of people who view a person living a luxurious lifestyle immediately feel the need to say, “Silver spoon, family wealth, easy life, hand me down, so on and so forth. Completely overlooking the facts, quick to judge are those who know nothing about entrepreneurship and how hard it really is to pursue. And when many attempt to emulate that luxurious lifestyle for the fame, the girls, and the materialistic things is when depression strikes.

 

Instead of living the life you see on the internet, instead of being someone else you admire, and instead of asking to be “noticed” by the world, just create your own path. A path less traveled and to be the leader others can emulate from. Don’t let society dictate the important things like owning the biggest house, the fancies of cars, and the most expensive jewelry because that’s not the what life is about. In a world of “shiny objects” it is quick and easy to get lost from your core self. The simplest way to verify this is how we feel when we see others having those things. Endorphins release from your brain and give you that euphoric feeling but quickly fades to depression when you finally come back to face reality.

 

“Be the influence you need for yourself and be cognizant of what you select on social

media to drive you further in life.”      

 

 

 

 

 

  

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