Human’s are very adaptable creatures.
Regardless of how smart or stupid you might think you are, your brain is an incredible piece of hardware that performs hundreds of microscopic decisions each and every second.
We often think that taking shortcuts is a bad thing, we associate this habit with negative traits such as laziness, but in reality our brains are constantly looking for ways to cut corners, economise on power and achieve tasks with the smallest amount of effort possible.
In most cases this is a good thing. When we are learning new skills our brains work in overdrive to get to grips with any new motor functions and try their best to catalogue this information effectively so that you can perform the task better next time. This is ideal when we are approaching practical tasks such as those associated with childcare or home maintenance; many of these tasks will need to be repeated countless times in the course of your life, so it makes sense for your brain to make each of these processes as efficient as possible.
Computers and mobile phones have allowed us to ostensibly get even more done at the same time, they’re a multi-tasker’s dream and our brains have quickly adapted to using them in almost every facet of our day-to-day lives. We use them to plan our holidays, shop for groceries, discover new music and (perhaps most importantly) keep in touch with our friends and families. Whilst the proliferation of technology has allowed us to become a lot more efficient in our day-to-day lives, our clever brains have been given access to technology that has effectively streamlined how we approach our entire lives – perfect for household chores, but perhaps not so good for our social lives…
Several pieces of research have found that the use of online communications, specifically social media accounts, can have a negative impact on how we conduct our real-life relationships. Plenty of research from all over the globe points to how regular use of social media can damage relationships; this issue goes beyond our romantic relationships and encompasses how we conduct relationships with all of our friends and family.
If you’re reading this and are thinking that this doesn’t apply to you, then it might be worth taking a good honest look at your relationships and consider how many of those rely on social media – you might find that your brain has made some shortcuts that you were unaware of…
Jess Fullwood is a contributor to Young People In Focus and Social Sciences student, her work mainly involves how the causal link between 21st Century Technology and modern day relationships.