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09/08/2014 01:29 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

This Is What Social Media Is Doing To Your Brain

This is your brain:
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This is your brain on social media:
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Generally speaking, humans are social creatures, but according to AsapSCIENCE, in-person communication doesn't quite scratch the same itch as online interactions via social media. For its latest video, the popular YouTube channel broke down five ways social media affects the human brain. The clip touches on social media's addictive properties, as well as how it may actually help us build stronger relationships.

For the most part, the video's conclusions are in line with other, more in-depth reports on how the Internet in general affects the brain. But fear not; the Internet isn't completely turning our brains to mush: A 2008 study found searching the Web may actually increase brain function in middle-aged and older adults.

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