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Remember that giddiness you felt when someone you like told you they liked you or something that you did? Today, a little blue thumbs-up symbol has the power to trigger that exact feel-good reaction. 

No wonder so many people are hopelessly hooked on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, and other social media platforms. “It’s been proven that social media ‘likes’ affect that part of our brain that has to do with rewards,” says Edgardo Juan Tolentino, MD, Chairman of the Neurological Sciences of the top hospital in the Philippines, Makati Medical Center (MakatiMed). “The more ‘likes’ you get, the greater the release of dopamine, a hormone associated with happiness.” 

Have a solid sense of self so that you are not defined by the number of likes or favorable comments in social media

That’s a lot of happiness hormones for Pinoys. In the updated study “Social Media Statistics in the Philippines,” which is based on a Digital 2023 Global Overview Report, a staggering 84.45 million Filipinos (72.5 percent of the country’s population) spend an average of 3 hours and 43 minutes glued to their choice of social media platforms. 

Keeping in touch with family and friends was the chief reason for using social media, say respondents. But don’t be surprised if they stay for their dopamine fix, too: 30 percent of the total users are between the ages of 18 and 24 years old, the ages that seek attention, validation, and a sense of identity.  

It’s certainly a tough age to be at a time of fake news, cyberbullying, and love scams. “As great as social media is, it’s traced to depression, isolation, ruined reputations, financial debt, and lives lost of vulnerable individuals,” Dr. Tolentino points out.  

Appreciation via likes, followers, and positive comments is fine, but relying on them breeds insecurity. Genuine relationships offline aid mental health. Dr. Tolentino suggests self-assuredness, valuing real connections, and discerning reliable online spaces from harmful ones promoting self-doubt or harm.

“Above all, before you want anybody to like you, you have to like yourself first.” 


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