Living in 2019, just about everyone has a cell phone and almost everyone has social media. Social media today is used for connecting with friends and getting to know people from all around the world. It can be very useful to a lot of people whose family for example are across the world, or for friends that live in other states. But are we misusing this gift of easier communication? It has gotten to a point now where (especially teenagers) are addicted to using their cell phones and being on social media. 

     This isn’t just something that your mom says, this statement is actually true. Studies have shown that a notification from Snapchat, a new like on Instagram, or even the sound of a new text message can release dopamine in your brain. Now what exactly is dopamine? Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that releases an addicting feeling that you will eventually crave for more in the future. So when you get a new notification, you want more and more of it, causing an addiction. So check your screen time on your phone. See how long you truly spend on your screen and you may be shocked by the results.