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Why We're All Addicted to Texts, Twitter and Google

The brain chemical dopamine might be keeping you in a seeking behavior loop that makes it hard for you to be productive and get your work done. Is there anything you can do about it? Read More

Stumbleupon

so this is why Stumbleupon is so addictive, it's everything you've just described, pretty much. You never know what's going to come up next, but you're fairly sure of getting something interesting because you've set it up to choose things you like. And one click leads to another, always something new (well, mostly, although I do get repeats of pictures of cute animals.) And it's endless, there's no signal to tell you to stop, no purposeful end to reach.

Dopamine Distraction

Awesome. Finally an explanation for why we get so distracted by social media - plus an explanation why storytelling works. As long as you use unpredictability and suspense ;-)

As you explained dopamine is

As you explained dopamine is stimulated by unpredictability. The use of texting, twitter, emailing and Google all set off a system in our brain. Twitter and texting is especially addicting for people, it's a distraction and it is uncontrollable. For me I see all the facts that you have included here such as researching through Google realizing that I've realty found what I was looking for and I end up looking through more research. As soon as I receive a text I text back and sometimes I feel as if my phone vibrated and I look at my phone and nothing was sent to me. As for turning off the cues, I turned off my notifications and I can honestly say i haven't checked my phone or twitter account for the last hour. Either way I can say I am addicted to twitter and my email and I think it's because I find interest in them as anyone does.

PS

The research is from 1998? So not terribly recent?

1998 Research

Kitty, Yes, it's from 1998. However, it's research on brain chemicals... and brain chemicals don't change very quickly, and there isn't any research since then that contradicts. I like to quote good research even if it's been several years.

Thanks

Thank you Susan, I was wondering about that. Glad those brain chemicals don't change too quickly, it would be an awful mess otherwise ;-)

After reading this article

After reading this article "why we're all addicted to text, twitter, and google" ive come to the undertstand of why people find social networking so interesting and why and can be so addicting. Dopamine seems to control various parts of the brain which includes the seeking out of what people are doing with their lives and what they are all thinking or saying.

After reading this article

After reading this article "why we're all addicted to text, twitter, and google" ive come to the undertstand of why people find social networking so interesting and why and can be so addicting. Dopamine seems to control various parts of the brain which includes the seeking out of what people are doing with their lives and what they are all thinking or saying.

addiction Psychology

i love your article..i can relate to your article..i am also addicted to text before but now i lessen my text..many people are addicted to texts and even elementary students those who have phones are addicted to texts..so their guardian should do about this before its getting late

addiction Psychology

Very interesting. I found

Very interesting.
I found this post while googleing about the effects and reactions of the sound from a new text message.

I was watching a video on youtube and the text message-sound were used alot.. and everytime I heard it I got a feeling of exhilaration and curiosity thru my body :)

thanks

Texting addiction

I have texting on my phone, and I get texts many times a day, but the majority of texts are from either my husband or my daughter. All the other texts are from colleagues or customers. When I receive a text, it is usually important, so I can't turn off notifications. However, I have noticed that I tend to check Facebook frequently, which wastes an extraordinary amount of time, and have turned off all notifications from them.

extraversion

As an extrovert who loves variety in life, I wonder... for those who have restless tendencies and a constant desire to be doing something interesting or having interactions (such as myself), could those behaviors also be explained by this dopamine loop?

extrovert and dopamine

Debra -- It is very possible that the personality traits you are describing would be part of the dopamine loop.

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Susan Weinschenk, Ph.D.,is a behavioral psychologist, author, coach, and consultant in neuropsychology.

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