It’s been suggested that nearly all behavior is controlled by a single chemical in the brain called dopamine. When the brain interprets a behavior as having a positive outcome, it releases dopamine and you’re much more likely to perform that behavior again in the future.
Do you love chocolate? Sex? The NFL? Romantic comedies? Blackjack? Dopamine is to blame. We don’t actually love any of those things. We love the feeling we get from indulging in them. That feeling is the feeling of dopamine.
Technology provides experiences that are interesting, easy to acquire and feel good. Checking your phone for notifications is like rolling the dice. Maybe there will be something good. Maybe there will be nothing at all. It’s so exciting to find out for certain!
Social media is designed to hook you and keep you hooked. The deck is stacked against everyone.
Addiction to technology can be a legitimate addiction with real consequences. It can sacrifice your health, relationships, career, and your overall sense of well-being.