Human behavior and social networks

Human behavior and social networks

Every day, when I wake up I am agitated because I feel that it has become late, my mind organizes the ideas and I am oriented in time and space until I land in the reality that that day holds”.

Human behavior contemplates different behaviors, and being able to convey a clear idea of ​​it is not easy.

Every human being has a behavior whether he is at rest and in silence.

The Spanish Royal Academy (RAE) defines the conduct as the "way in which men behave in their life and actions“.


  • 1 What then is human behavior?
  • 2 Social networks and behavior
  • 3 The three most contagious behaviors of the human being
  • 4 We are not made to live alone

What then is human behavior?

Are the set of manifestations of our behavior, any behavior that we assume in our daily lives, where an action, a movement, a thought or an emotion is present. Everything that can be felt emits in us a physiological manifestation product of an internal or external stimulus, for example: if the braking of a car is heard, those thoughts or emotions derived from what is heard generate changes in the organism, reflexes or intentional (physiological changes).

Mirror neurons are a group of cells that were discovered by the team of neurobiologist Giacomo Rizzolatti and that seem to be related to empathic, social and imitative behaviors, which suggests that people's behavior is the product of the mental interpretation that the individual gives to the relationship of their experiences and the environment where they live.

Sometimes human beings do things that are inexplicable or that seem inexplicable, the human being is a social animal that is affected by the surrounding environment and what happens in it.

Before events that newspapers or history books offer about the behavior of human beings or groups of human beings that have attempted on human life itself, social psychology considers that it is a mistake to attribute the causes of certain actions in their entirety to the personality of an individual and called this the "fundamental attribution error" It refers to the tendency to explain the actions of other people giving relevance to the influence of personality, character or temperament; leaving in the background the influence of the situations or circumstances to which the individual is subjected.

Social networks and behavior

Thus, social science has shown that today's society promotes individualism, it is seen in social networks where it is enough to have many likes to feel the approval of others and give less importance to the fact of receiving motivational words from other human beings; Despite this, individuals continue to live in community and unintentionally or voluntarily modify behavior and their different ways of thinking and acting on the basis of others.

This way of living in community allows that when a person is sad, empathy makes one perceive that state of mind and without there being their own motives, it can affect the mood of the other.

The same goes for different feelings, human beings can unconsciously emulate feelings such as laughter or sadness among others.

The three most contagious behaviors of the human being

These are 3 of the most common behaviors that, according to scientific studies, are easier to spread to other people:

1. Happiness

If a person is happy, it generates a chain reaction of well-being and tranquility that influences other human beings. So true is that the human being must reflect to build his life according to some values, where it is important that he address his commitments, his responsibility, but above all his freedom from different perspectives.

To be happy, the human being must be able to overcome their conflicts and conflicting thoughts; but above all he must acquire consciousness to understand that happiness is the result of conquering himself, then understanding his world and everything that is immersed in it as nature itself including other human beings.

Harvard University says that happiness and its radiant effect remains active for a year. According to the Index of the Center for Epidemiological Studies of Depression, when an individual declares himself happy, the chances of his neighbor becoming infected increase by 34%, and 23% if he is a friend who lives a kilometer and a half away.

2. Laughter

Laughter is a part of human behavior controlled by the brain, researchers at Imperial College and University College London, say that an exclamation or loud laugh with some joy exclamate, produces immediate responses in the brain, prepares the muscles of the face to draw a smile and then laugh out loud. Laughter helps human beings to explain their intentions with others and puts the content of conversations in emotional context.

Studies have shown that some stress-related episodes decrease during moments of laughter, so that laughter is associated with positive and / or pleasant feelings, as well as with emotions, especially with those that allow us to release tension.

Laughter occurs spontaneously in humans, but more spontaneously occurs in children, other studies have shown that children laugh almost 300 times a day, while adults do it slightly less than 100 times.

At the brain level, it has been proven that laughter produces an important release of natural chemicals (neurotransmitters) called: “the quartet of happiness"These are: endorphin, serotonin, dopamine and oxytocin. Researcher Loretta G. Breuning, author of the book Habits of a happy brain said that when the brain releases one of these chemicals, human beings feel good," under these circumstances too there is usually one decreased cortisol, a hormone that causes stress.

Likewise, facial movements generated by laughter involve a wide range of muscles that are controlled by the limbic system. When laughter is faked other muscles go into action.

4. The emotions of social networks

With the emergence of social networks, infinite possibilities for exchange and information generation were created. Among the benefits of these social networks is to create communities or virtual groups, allowing users to be and feel part or members of a group within which they feel accepted and where they are allowed to grow and strengthen.

The globalization of communications transcended the point of manipulating human behavior, we knew about the human need for recognitionWe knew about the human need to claim, we knew about the human need for learning, communication, resilience, and we knew that human beings move according to interpersonal and group relationships.

Everything that happens with human beings is complex, mysterious and often seems incomprehensible and when we were still on the path of understanding human behavior, social networks arrived, providing tools to give satisfaction to the human being, or so we believe.

Now with social networks we could show ourselves before society by breaking personal paradigms; If a person was shy, if he was unable to communicate with someone he had seen, if he had an idea, an opinion or a criticism, but had no one to share it with, all this and much more could materialize it with just one click.

What do we do today in social networks, which we were not able to do before?

  • Improve or worsen self esteem
  • Improve or worsen mood
  • Improve or worsen popularity
  • Show how much feeling there is: love, faith, happiness, courage, euphoria, enthusiasm, joy, optimism, satisfaction, pleasure, tranquility, serenity, tranquility, gratitude, respect, loyalty, fidelity, solidarity, altruism, hope, understanding, illusion, empathy, charity, enjoyment, solidarity, friendship, respect, admiration, autonomy, strength, enjoyment, ecstasy, gratification, altruism.
  • Persuade people
  • Manipulate opinion etc.

Without realizing it, we now feel that social skills, that capacity or disposition for personal success in the interactions taking place in the social sphere have been strengthened.

We are not made to live alone

We humans are not made to live alone, although globalization and society itself have led us to believe otherwise. However, when discovering connection with other human beings, they can face that excess honesty can take them away from other individuals or enter the connection dilemma, where they can vibrate based on constructive honesty and social pressure is annulled by complete and run the risk of being better people or passing a rare so great to remain the same.

So important can be the presence of others that this occurs on issues of facilitation and social inhibition:

In 1898, while examining the speed records of a group of cyclists, the psychologist Norman Triplett observed that many of them got better times when they competed against each other than when they did it against the clock. This led him to perform one of the first laboratory experiments in the field of social psychology. To do this, several fishing reels were distributed among a group of children, who were asked to pick it up as quickly as they could in a certain period of time. On some occasions, two children worked at the same time and in the same room each with their own reel; in others, they did it alone. Triplett realized that many of the children worked faster when someone was doing the same thing as them in the same room (what is known as concentrated action (co-action) than when they were alone.

In the more than 100 years since Triplett carried out his experiment, many other studies have made clear the facilitating effects of co-action, both in the case of human subjects and among animals. For example, worker ants dig three times as much sand when they work together as when alone (Chen, 1937), many animals consume a greater amount of food if there are other members of the spice present (Platt, Yaksh, and Darby, 1967 ), university students are able to perform more multiplication problems in a co-action environment than when they are alone (FH Allport, 1920, 1924) Shortly after the Triplett co-action experiment, psychologists discovered that the presence of A passive viewer (an audience instead of a co-actor) also facilitates performance.

Indeed, human beings conceive of life differently if they are accompanied, they are motivated, encouraged consciously or unconsciously and even competitive they can become.

For human beings, emotions play an important role in the professional field. Frustration or satisfaction, sad or cheerful, stillness or inner restlessness. Every day we face our own and other people's emotions during the development of our professional work., The key is to know how to consciously do that our emotions work for our own benefit, so that they help us control our behavior and our thoughts to obtain best results. This ability can be learned, worked and developed, so it is not a quality that one has, or does not have. A good professional should be trained to be able to control himself and be in a position to assess the type of situation in which he is involved. (Coke, 2013)

Therefore, you should always keep in mind that:

  1. The situation may change and will constantly change level.
  2. We must be able to recognize those changes and adapt the response if necessary.
  3. Each professional performance, even if it was initially passive, can be aggravated. Everything will depend on your performance and professional performance.
  4. If you get to know yourself thoroughly, you will know how to understand others and the reality that surrounds you. (Coke, 2013)

Bibliographic references

Coque.A (2013) Verbal intelligence verbal defense and persuasion. madrid Spain

Smith.E, Hoeksema.S, Fredrickson.B. (2003). Introduction to Psychology. Thomson editorial. madrid Spain