Monday Morning Wake-Up Call

We’ve transformed the world from a place of scarcity to a place of overwhelming abundance: Drugs, food, news, gambling, shopping, gaming, texting, sexting, Facebooking, Instagramming, YouTubing, tweeting … the increased numbers, variety, and potency of highly rewarding stimuli today is staggering. The smartphone is the modern-day hypodermic needle, delivering digital dopamine 24/7 for a wired generation. If you haven’t met your drug of choice yet, it’s coming soon to a website near you. Scientists rely on dopamine as a kind of universal currency for measuring the addictive potential of any experience. The more dopamine in the brain’s reward pathway, the more addictive the experience. In addition to the discovery of dopamine, one of the most remarkable neuroscientific findings in the past century is that the brain processes pleasure and pain in the same place. Further, pleasure and pain work like opposite sides of a balance. We’ve all experienced that moment of craving a second piece of chocolate, or wanting a good book, movie, or video game to last forever. That moment of wanting is the brain’s pleasure balance tipped to the side of pain.

Anna LembkeDopamine Nation: Finding Balance in the Age of Indulgence (Dutton, August 24, 2021)

Comments

  1. terrifying, isn’t it?

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  2. We know so much…and yet learn so little. 😥

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  3. Drugs and stimulation were always used in every society. It’s neither better nor worse in our current societies than it was before. The means of stimulation change and the morals behind our judging as well. Stimulating the dopamin distribution is basic for the development of a society.
    Have a happy week
    The Fab Four of Cley
    🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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  4. Fascinating … and undoubtedly scary in these hyper times!

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  5. Dave, I can’t keep up with the reading here…I’m halfway through Bewilderment..slow it down!!🥴

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  6. Kill your data! Or maybe we need to do some better human-time balancing — i.e., for whatever amount of time we just spent impulse-scrolling, we give a minute longer than that to God and/or loved ones asap. (I’m not there yet..)

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  7. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    Wow!! True that!! … “The smartphone is the modern-day hypodermic needle, delivering digital dopamine 24/7 for a wired generation.” — and more!! – Anna Lembke, Dopamine Nation: Finding Balance in the Age of Indulgence (Dutton, August 24, 2021).

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  8. …sorry, but my response: eh-h……..

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  9. is this where the saying “no pain, no gain” comes from?

    Like

  10. Bloody hell…

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