Experts in neuroscience say that spending too much time reviewing your Facebook account can reduce your gray matter. The study published by the magazine Behavioural Brain Research linked people with a lower level of gray matter with the need, and even addiction, to constantly enter their profile within the famous social network.
However, and despite how sad this news may sound, there is still no evidence that shows what leads to the other, if spending too much time on Facebook reduces the gray matter or if the low volume of this makes us addicted to Facebook. Here the results of the interesting study.
Live pending Facebook can indicate that something is wrong
The study was carried out with the help of 46 men and 39 women, in whose smartphones an application was installed that counted the times they entered to check their Facebook account and the amount of time they spent in the social network.
The experiment lasted 5 weeks and with the help of an MRI, the researchers were able to examine the progress of the test until reaching the conclusions.
Smartphones, Facebook, in general the digital world, consume a large part of our lives. A better understanding of neuroscience is also important to understand how our brains react and are shaped by digital societies.
Dr. Christian Montag, the main manager of the experiment, wanted to study the nucleus accumbens area, or nucleus that lies in the septum, which is a central area of the brain that plays an important role when it comes to an addiction.
We had the opportunity to demonstrate that in the central area, in the region of the brain search system, the nucleus of accumbens plays an important role in understanding the use of smartphones; In short: the smaller the volume of gray matter in your area, the more frequent was the interviewee's Facebook time.
The study participants who most often opened their Facebook account were those who most reduced their gray matter volume in the nucleus of accumbens.
In fact, the frequency with which people revise their Facebook could go in relation to the energy activity of the brain's search system; most of the activity of this brain function, which during the day would serve for a myriad of activities, the users of smartphones spend it on entering their accounts with the expectation of likes or good comments, etc.
The most important doubt is: what was first
The study began within a spectrum where it was not possible to determine the cause and the effect; Was it the smallest volume of gray matter in the nucleus of accumbens that I attributed spending more time on Facebook? Or was spending a lot of time on Facebook decreasing the volume of gray matter?
With the current information we still can not rule out which of the two possibilities is the consequence of the lower volume of gray matter in Facebook users, for now, we only have evidence that there is a direct relationship. The study was conducted with young people who had in common the characteristic of having an activity considered normal on Facebook.
It would be necessary to resume the study and analyze the same areas but this time with people who live with excessive activity in the social network. Only then can we compare results that can link us to this addiction by reviewing the Facebook platform.