This is an engaging video with an insightful and perhaps challenging view on the ways in which social media may have negative effects on its users. For example, there is the suggestion that avid users have developed a psychological addiction to social media because it produces neurological excitement in our brain, making us crave more of this simulation after each interaction. The video also says that increased multitasking online reduces the ability to filter out interferences in real life, therefore making it harder for us to multitask in the real world.
With regards to digital technology, this video suggests that technology has begun to rewire our nervous system as our brains are being triggered in a way they never have been before. This is a concept I found thought provoking – it is interesting to think about how our brains will alter within the next decade of us constantly using technology and being ‘addicted’ to social media, and also how the next generation will be physiologically affected by digital technology and social media.
This is useful for students in this module because it will encourage you to think about physiological effects of the media as well as how it affects society. You may not agree with some of the ideas and speculations presented in this video, but it is interesting to think about these concepts and the possibility that social media and technology may be causing more damage than we think.
AsapScience has many more videos on different topics from entertainment to serious education, such as your brain on coffee and the scientific power of thought, so it would be worth having a look at this youtube channel for some more fun and quirky videos!
https://www.newscientist.com/subject/technology/ – This is another site I found which is useful with regards to the topic of this week (Understanding Technology) as it shows how far digital technology has developed within recent years and reveals some amazing and mind-boggling technology that was introduced in 2015/16.