Wednesday, November 28, 2012

How do things go Viral?

Let's say:

You visit a new place, and the guide tells you about a restaurant that has five stars and celebrities visit it often. You would be elated at the thought and would like to go and taste their cuisine.

If your pocket allows, you will enter the restaurant, and most of us will go "Wow" at every step of the way. Many of us will see things which our brain processes into thoughts and our body language will express it as "Wow"

How does that happen?

Our brain is a physical and a mechanical instrument, and the cells in it are harmless molecules that divide and thrive. Our brain is not creative nor does it have any skills. It is a just a bunch of molecules, which divide and their sustainability and well being depends on how we perceive things. But since you have that notion that this is a five star place and a famous place, the chemicals such as dopamine are being secreted by your mind, which helps you accentuate the place even further.

This gets the ball rolling!

Videos get viral example Gangnam style video, which is so popular these days that the whole planet is dancing as if sitting on a horse.

When I first saw that video, it was like a "okay" comment for me. But, then where-ever I go, I hear this music and I have started dancing like those people.

Things go viral by peer pressure, and our good hormones get secreted by the mind, which helps us classify between things.

Such is the impact of our human society. No wonder, we are known as Social Animals.

Mantra for Today: Man is a Social Animal


Unknown said...

So interesting...I was just doing some research about the different areas that light up in the brain during different emotions on brain scans! We don't even realize the influences that are shaping our decisions and actions at all times!

Janine Huldie said...

I know what you mean about things going viral like Gangnam Style. I thought the same thing when I finally heard this song, but apparently this is truly society. That said it would be nice f society found us and had us go viral, too. I, for one, wouldn't complain, lol!!

Audrey Howitt aka Divalounger said...

So interesting--the whole peer pressure thing--great post Ruchira!

Cari Lorine said...

You're so right! It's so funny how certain things catch on, while others don't. I'm reading The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell right now, which analyzes what exactly it is that creates that shift from "okay" to "can't miss". Great post, Ruchira!

Unknown said...

I just recently watched a gangman style video - redneck style. This seems to be the new macarena. I am so not with the times. People were talking about this months before I even knew what they were talking about. I need to get out more!

OhBoyMom said...

Really great post because it's a great explanation and also makes us think about our own behavior. I'll watch videos that are already viral (I'm usually behind the times) and because I know it's viral (like the 5 star restaurant), I am already excited about viewing it beforehand!

Cynthia said...

Haha, that video cracks me up. I love this post and I always have to wonder...what makes something go viral? Hehe.