Is Facebook Mindful?

So I’m not here to discuss or lecture you on how our smartphones are affecting and messing with our brain…although there is a ton of new research emerging on this in the field of neuroscience. They have discovered a new phenomenon called “phantom text syndrome.” And, interestingly enough, I recently read in Forbes about a new study from the University of Houston on the addictive dopamine-hitting control Facebook has over us inflating our attention-seeking egos and leading us to high-level grandiosity. The study links the “social” network to a surprising number of undesirable mental health consequences including depression, low self-esteem, bitter jealousy, and a mediating factor and psychological phenomenon called “social comparison,” which is when we compare our mundane lives to the “highlight reel” of our online friends, leaving us feeling unaccomplished, depressed, anxious and in dangerous self-damaging territory. When  I read this research, a great quote by Theodore Roosevelt came to mind which sums this up when he said, “Comparison is the thief of joy.”

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