Social media rewires brain

People argue Millenials lack skills to interact with each other because of dependence on social media.

However, people also argue because of social media platforms, the distance is no longer an issue.

Facetime gives people the opportunity to communicate face-to-face. A “like” could be a simple way to share support to friends on a daily basis.

Even though all of those points are true, there is some science behind the argument against social media as well.

According to a video presentation of his findings, Dr. Danial Siegel, clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of California — Los Angeles School of Medicine, social media may be rewiring people’s brains. As the social organ of the body, it strives to create connections with other people.

Deeper than talking, these connections are nonverbal, including eye contact, facial expression, tone of voice, posture, timing and intensity.

Lexie Hood, junior construction management major,said she prefers face-to-face interaction because she likes to see the emotion and how the person reacts.

These deeper connections from nonverbal communication comes only from the right side of the brain that is activated through face-to-face interaction.

Without face-to-face interaction people are losing the ability to emotionally connect with other people.

“Some things can be misinterpreted over text,” said Nicole Cloutier, sophomore communication studies major.

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