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I like the part of your, your, I think that was day three or day four, when you noticed the air on your skin, that’s something that we call mindfulness. So, uh, (audience laughter) right, so you know what, what’s interesting in the brain and why social media can be addictive, every time we get a new Like or new Follow, a little bit of dopamine is released in the brain, and that is the same brain chemical that cocaine can release. And what’s interesting is whether you do a cleanse or you just have a little bit of gray area, sort of, uh, problem solving. So for a lot of people what I recommend is find three, one hour parts of your day, whether it’s a one hour mindful walk, a one hour, you know, dinner with your friends, a one hour, uh, you know, whatever you wanna do in your daily life, where you turn your phone off, or you turn the WiFi off. You know what’s really interesting that is gonna give you that mindful time. And this part of the brain right here, the most human part of the brain, prefrontal cortex, when we use mindfulness, right? Which is what you did, when you felt the air in your cheeks because you’re not glued to Instagram, you thicken that part of your brain. You physically thicken it. So I, I’m so glad that this gave you a little taste of all that. What, well Dr. Dow I know there are a lot of studies (clapping) that tell us, great … (clapping) I know there are a number of studies that actually link increased social media use with depression Absolutely. and anxiety Yes. So, I mean that number of 135 minutes per day on average was mind boggling to me. Yeah. So I’m just thinking. What are your suggestions in terms of limiting use, how many apps people should even be on, and how it impacts our mood? Yeah, well there is a, there’s a study from University of Michigan that found that every time people went on it, their mood actually went down. So, this is what I recommend. Check in with yourself and let your own emotions be your guide. If you’re the kind of person that you notice every time that you go on social media your mood goes down, you need to change your relationship with social media. I always say, here’s the irony, social media, the name social media, was designed to make us more social. It is making most of us more antisocial, right? (clapping) Yes. Isn’t that funny? Yes. It is, if it is, making you more social, like, “Oh, I’m going to direct message my friend so that I can plan a dinner party”, then you’re using social media in the right way. If you’re glued to your phone and becoming antisocial, and you check in with yourself, and your mood goes down, then you need to get yourself a cleanse like Madison did. Yes. Well thank you Madison.
Written by Michelle Gutierrez
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