You’re probably addicted to tech. You may not realize it, or think you’ve got it under control, or know the problem but hide it. Addiction does not have to be chemical, it could be behavioural — and it’s the latter that tech hooks you with. Apps, websites, social media are engineered to be irresistible.
“There are a thousand people on the other side of the screen whose job it is to break down the self-regulation you have.” — Tristan Harris, “design ethicist”
Adam Alter’s book, Irresistible, looks at addictive behaviours and what we can do about it. A fascinating excerpt from his book is published in Wired:
Check it out.
An interesting perspective on addiction. Has a very good section on explaining the science of habit-formation. A long read, but if you ever struggled with addiction, depression, anxiety or just a bad habit, it’s worth reading it just to see it from a different point of view.
Addiction changes the brain but it’s not a disease that can be cured with medicine. In fact, it’s learned – like a habit
Marc Lewis | 14 December, 2016 | aeon
Tech companies use the insights of behaviour design to keep us returning to their products. But some of the psychologists who developed the science of persuasion are worried about how it is being used
“… extremely sweet or fatty foods captivate the brain’s reward circuit in much the same way that cocaine and gambling do…”
A must-read for the sake of your own health.
Junk foods can muddle the brain’s satiety-control mechanism, sending our appetites into hyperdrive
Ferris Jabr | January 1, 2016 | Scientific American
Title says it all. Read it on the original site and watch the video shown on the left.
Websites and apps are designed for compulsion, even addiction. Should the net be regulated like drugs or casinos?
Interesting potential new treatment based on the finding that “…In addicts, areas of the prefrontal cortex that would normally be alight with activity often go dark in the absence of the drug…”
Wonder if it works for chocolate cravings. 😉
Can magnetic stimulation of the brain shake drug users out of their habits?
By Adam Piore | December 3, 2015 | MIT Technology Review
Playing Tetris (or other games that are visually engaging) reduces your cravings by about 20%. Not much, but better than nothing.
So after you read this, look at the amount of sugar in your kids’ cereal. I wonder if a couple of decades from now (or sooner?) the companies selling such addictive and harmful fare will be treated like the tobacco companies today are.
Jordan Gaines Lewis | February 18 2015 | The Conversation
“….brain pathways that make drugs pleasurable are the same pathways that allow you to enjoy food…”
No wonder it’s so easy to overeat and so hard to diet. The article below, from Medhelp – Healthy Living, explores the similarities between food and drugs and the resulting potential addiction problems:
From Discover magazine’s DiscoBlog: