Infographic: What happens to your brain when you use social media

In the past three years, our collective attention span has become shorter than that of a goldfish. What do you think: Is it time to cut back on social media?

In 2000, a person’s average attention span was 12 seconds.

In 2013, that dwindled down to 8 seconds.

Here’s the humbling part: The attention span of a goldfish is 9 seconds.

With this (horrifying) statistic and others, an infographic from explains how social media affects our brains. Here are a few insights:

  • Tweeting for 10 minutes can raise your oxytocin level (the hormone that reduces anxiety) as much as 13 percent.
  • A majority of 18-to-85-year-olds found social media is harder to resist than smoking, drinking, spending money, sleeping and sex.
  • Facebook users are on the social network for an average of 81 hours per year.
  • People switch between devices an average of 21 times per hour.

Take a look at the infographic and let us know: Do you think social media is good for the brain?

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