LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- According to new research, your social networking habits might be affecting your brain more than you know. Here are four weird negative effects of social media on your brain.
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1. It might make you spend more money - Heavy social media use might be correlated to lower self-control, which marketing experts believe could lead to higher spending. Ultimately, the way you counteract this is by raising your self-awareness. It's not about not spending time on Facebook, just be aware of what it might be doing to you.
2. It alters your appetite - According to Women's Health, "food porn" photos can activate the brain's reward center and compel viewers to overeat; one study suggests that even looking at food images after a meal can trigger hunger.
3. It messes with your ability to think independently - One study from HP Labs found that people were more open to peer pressure within social networks. Subjects were more likely to change their minds about "liking" certain things if enough time had passed and they could see that the other side was even moderately popular.
4. It hurts your self-esteem - When two German universities joined forces to investigate social networking, researchers discovered that one in three people surveyed felt lonely, frustrated or angry after spending time on Facebook, often due to perceived inadequacies when comparing themselves to friends.