Facebook Triggers Hormone That Makes You Feel Like You’re Falling in Love


Here is incontrovertible proof that Mark Zuckerberg is an evil, evil man: Scientists now believe that Facebook triggers oxytocin, also known as the “love” or “cuddle” hormone, which basically makes you feel like you’re falling in love and that the world is a beautiful place full of butterflies and rainbows and adorable frolicking kitties and puppies. Until you stumble upon a photo of your recent ex and his new girlfriend, who is clearly a Victoria’s Secret model. Zuckerberg!

According to All Facebook, “the unofficial Facebook resource,”

Engaging in all that Facebook has to offer involving psychological support seems to spike our brains with the cuddle hormone called oxytocin,which explains why so many of us are addicted to the social networking site. The effect that the hormone has on a person is like falling in love. The feeling reportedly produces a calming effect that envelops and leaves us feeling cuddled and interpersonally connected to what we’re doing on the social network.

Further: this is the very same hormone that is released by both men and women at sexual orgasm, ergo, the nickname “cuddle hormone.”

It also makes you nicer. All of which really creeps us out.

To counteract this chemical addiction to Facebook, we suggest one of the following:

  • Look at photos of your friend’s ugly baby
  • Read the status updates of your most annoying friends
  • Defriend someone, just because you can
  • Play a bunch of Farmville and feel self-loathing about it
  • Sign off of Facebook and go outside, or something

Facebook Triggers Same Hormone As Cuddling [AF]

This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on April 15, 2011

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