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Many parents intuitively understand that ubiquitous glowing screens are having a negative effect on kids. We see the aggressive temper tantrums when the devices are taken away and the wandering attention spans when children are not perpetually stimulated by their hyper-arousing devices. Worse, we see children who become bored, apathetic, uninteresting and uninterested when not plugged in.
But it’s even worse than we think.
We now know that those iPads, smartphones and Xboxes are a form of digital drug. Recent brain imaging research is showing that they affect the brain’s frontal cortex — which controls executive functioning, including impulse control — in exactly the same way that coc aine does. Technology is so hyper-arousing that it raises dopamine levels — the feel-good neurotransmitter most involved in the addiction dynamic — as much as sex.
140 characters is even more addictive — And the dopamine system is most powerfully stimulated when the information coming in is small so that it doesn't full satisfy. A short text or twitter (can only be 140 characters!) is ideally suited to send your dopamine system raging
originally posted by: worldstarcountry
a reply to: intrptr
So then, the answer is to just shuffle along life celebrating nothing?? I feel like you compared celebration and not addictions. While some of what you mentioned are in fact nothing more than mind control consumption for corporate profits, I think your just a little bit off base.
Sex, drugs and rock’n’roll has been a preoccupation of generations of young people since the 1960s, while even even Shakespeare wrote: “If music be the food of love, play on.”
And now scientists have discovered one reason why they seem to go so well together.
For the same chemical system in the brain that produces feelings of pleasure as a result of having sex, taking recreational drugs or eating tasty food is also stimulated by listening to a favourite tune.
originally posted by: intrptr
a reply to: bigfatfurrytexan
To be fair, "eat, drink, and be merry" is human behavior going back to the earliest moments of human social cognition.
Before even the corporate spin they put on it for our kids today.