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How Do Different Social Media Platforms Affect Your Mood?

In this video, we explore how Snapchat compares to other social media platforms in affecting your brain.

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Do a quick Google search on how social media affects your mood, and the results make it seem like all the social media platforms will plunge you into depression. Facebook shows everyone’s perfect life and exotic vacations. Expertly curated selfies abound on Instagram. But, if you look at the actual research, the results aren’t that simple. This is especially true with Snapchat. It’s pretty new to the research world, so it hasn’t been studied for that long. But, it may be that Snapchat affects your brain in a fundamentally different way.


* Does social media use cause depression? *

Cause and effect is really difficult when looking at social media use. It’s really how you use the platform that determines what influence it will have on your mood.

*How does using Snapchat compare to using other social media platforms, like Facebook or Twitter?*

Research on Snapchat is pretty new, but some studies show that using Snapchat is more similar to an in-person, face to face conversation compared to Facebook or Twitter.

*What is ephemerality?*

Something that is ephemeral lasts for a very short time.

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