Regardless of the biochemical or medical effects, the truth is that social media are addictive because the designers of the websites have used human psychology to make people want to spend more and more time on their site.
In my case, I don't like social media, nor do I want to have an account on any of the social media programs.
In my opinion, we all have a need to be recognized, acknowledged, responded too, complimented and even debated, thus the need to check every 12 seconds to see how popular we are.
This behaviour/activity is harmful.
We should not depend on other people, especially strangers, to determine our worth.
Frankly, I think I'm already hooked on italki, so just ignore everything I've already said because I'm also a hopeless victim... plus I really like chocolate :)
Good topic Aliph...
opiates bind to opiate receptors which send a signal to the dopamine terminal to release more dopamine.
Nicotine works with other receptors and this increases directly the release of dopamine or inhibits other substances that diminish his availability.
It is quite a sophisticated system but all dependencies are part of the reward system that keeps us going.
Yes. “Digital dementia” is coming soon.
I am rather sceptical about our increasing concern for being addicted to digital technology. The future will bring the real outcome.