The latest brain science research shows how the Internet affects people. Considering the limits and moderation of the Internet (SNS)

【The Internet’s Effect on Human Morality Revealed in Latest Brain Science Study】


・The Internet provides a constant source of moral stimulation through news and information from around the world and from individuals.

・According to the research team, the Internet causes four types of moral stimulation: “empathy fatigue,” “extreme criticism,” “good-guy appeal,” and “inefficient group behavior.

・Empathy fatigue:

It is the exhaustion of caring for someone else. To begin with, empathizing with others is a very demanding task in terms of the cognitive functions of the brain.

On the Internet, information that demands empathy is transmitted 24 hours a day, which puts an excessive load on cognitive functions and makes us tired of caring for others.

・Public criticism:
On the Internet, even the slightest wrongdoing or mistake is criticized as if it were the head of an ogre. The flames we often see on the Internet are an extreme example of this.

Everyone wants to punish those who have done wrong. It is believed to be an evolutionary adaptation for living in a group.

On the Internet, however, it is so easy to punish others, anonymously and without taking responsibility. So when netizens find a little wrongdoing, they give in to their naive impulses.

・Appeal to the good guys:
This act of criticizing others is also an act of showing how just and moral one is.

This appeal can also be done by taking the time to “like” or “share” a post. and shares, which require little effort and little money.

Unfortunately, no matter how much appeal is made, it rarely actually helps people.

・inefficient collective action:
It is relatively easy to gather and organize people online. This can lead to large-scale social movements, but they tend to be ephemeral, with shallow roots and little staying power.


The above is a quote from the article





Considering the limits and moderation of the Internet (SNS)


I felt it was too important to omit, so the quotation became longer than it should have been.


It has been a little more than 20 years since the Internet became popular, and about 15 years since SNS became popular.


There have been many comments about the harms of the Internet and social networking services, such as “If you only look at the Internet, you will become an idiot.

However, thinking back on it, we can see that TV and video games are just as harmful,

However, looking back, there was a time when people said the same thing about TV and video games, but it is unclear whether people who watched TV all the time or played video games all the time really became idiots or not.


I don’t think we need to emphasize the harms of the Internet and social networking any more than necessary.


However, there is a limit to everything, and there is also moderation.

For example,

It goes without saying that if you are told that exercise is good for your body, but you exercise all the time, it is natural that your body will break down, and if you are told that it is important to rest, but you sleep or sit all the time, it is not good for your body.


The examples of exercise and rest I just mentioned are easy to understand in the form of physical problems that can occur when the limits are exceeded.


However, I think it may be difficult to recognize when one has exceeded the limit in the case of the Internet and social networking sites.


According to the latest study above,

The Internet (social networking sites) has caused an environment of excessive moral stimulation, which leads to “empathy fatigue,” “extreme criticism,” “appealing to nice people,” and “inefficient group behavior.


The reason for this is that the Internet (SNS) is an environment of excessive moral stimulation,

These may be signs or guidelines for when the limits of the Internet (SNS) are exceeded (not moderate).


Empathy fatigue
Extreme criticism.
Appealing to the good guys.
Inefficient group behavior.


If you are on the Internet or a social networking service and you see any of these signs, you may be experiencing harm from overuse of the Internet (social networking service).


Once again,

There are limits and moderation to everything, and it is important to know what those limits and moderation are.


The same is true for the Internet (SNS).


I thought the above article might be helpful as a guide.


See you then


Can you say to your family and friends in the real world what (words) you send out on social networking sites? I believe that this is one important point to determine whether or not harm is being caused by exceeding the limits. (A major dissociation between real-life and online selves is also a problem.)



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