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The Science of Tech Addiction: Apps and Dopamine

Your brain was wired to respond to your world in an appropriate way. But modern technology may be hijacking your brain’s healthy response pathways, creating chemical imbalances and even addiction-like behaviors that can alter how you respond to your world.

  • Ever feel that pull to check your phone immediately when it dings on the other side of the room?
    (Or ever feel afraid to leave it on the other side of the room?)
  • Maybe you catch yourself hopping on Facebook or YouTube for no particular reason?
  • Maybe playing angry birds makes you feel better when you’re actually angry?

…Yep, there’s science behind all of that.

There’s nothing inherently wrong with texts, social media, or games on our devices.

But all of them unnaturally light up the pathways in our brains associated with pleasure and success.

In the real/physical world, activating those pathways takes time, thought, and effort.

But in the digital world, it’s so easy to get, your brain can’t help but crave for more.

How does it happen exactly?

Check out today’s 5-minute video on how tech addiction happens.

The good news is, with a little knowledge and some committed effort, we can have control over technology, instead of technology having control of us. As this series continues, we’ll unpack practical steps you can take to reclaim your brain and ditch your devices.

Stay tuned!

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