When you feel joy, the brain releases the dopamine hormone. People want to release dopamine; the hormone’s adverse side effects help explain why people become addicted to praises and likes on social media. Brain scans of social media addicts are similar to those of drug-dependent brains. There is an evident change in the brain regions that control emotion, attention and decision making.
Social media “likes” and alerts excite the brain.
The Best T in the city presenter ‘Tbose’ Mokwele says that everybody loves and enjoys support and encouragement, but what happens when you become addicted to applause? People are often driven by the attention, accolades, and applause from their peers and colleagues. Without getting applauded, some people feel empty and demotivated.
It feels good, and it boosts your confidence to get the likes on your Instagram post. However, getting addicted to notification alerts can be destructive.
Things to do after posting on Social Media
Focus on your favourite hobby for a couple of hours.
Try to forget about that amazing picture that you shared on Instagram.
Turn off notifications on your devices and apps.
Tbose Mokwele’s Three Tspoons on why are people #AddictedToGettingApplause
[3 TSpoons] On Why People Are #AddictedToGettingApplause
🥄 They Like Validation
🥄 They Love Attention
— On the street. On the air. (@KayaOnAir) May 13, 2021