Modern society has hijacked our dopamine circuits. Mobile phones and social platforms co-opt the biological circuitry meant to keep us alive. They’ve led us astray. Algorithms have taken us in an incendiary direction. They’ve seized our attention and kept us using their products. They’ve successfully completed their mission, leveraging the same neural circuitry used by cocaine and slot machines. I’m writing this because there isn’t enough discourse of how our devices and these platforms have the same addictive qualities baked into them.
Technology can either amplify or amputate. Tech companies seem to be amplifying what’s in their best interest by weaponizing these tools to “amputate” it’s users. (I don’t really like the word weaponize but can’t think of another one.)
Imagine having to take an exam or get a permit for a smartphone. Much like a teenager having to take driving lessons and get a permit.
Tech is definitely a double edged sword. Learning when and when not to use it can definitely be tricky. This article comes timely as I recently implemented subtle changes to help me be more intentional and productive with my use of mobile devices. Great read as always!
Excellent article and resources.