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3 Ways to Take Back Control Over Your Smartphone

“The difference between technology and slavery is that
slaves are fully aware that they are not free”
― Nassim Nicholas Taleb

If you haven’t watched the documentary, The Social Dilemma on Netflix yet, then move it to the top of your viewing list. It is enlightening and frightening at the same time.

I think to some degree or another we all knew that social media, the internet, our phones were taking over our lives and hacking certain neural networks in our brain, to our detriment.

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The Downside of Dopamine

I’ve written many blog posts applauding the benefits of dopamine and how we can use it to our advantage.

In this post, I want to explore the downside of dopamine and how we create vicious dopamine cycles that keep us trapped in unhealthy habits that make us really unhappy.

The Survival Benefit of Dopamine (a quick review)

Dopamine helped us survive as a species by pushing us to seek and find again and again.

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Why Multitasking is Addicting?

Its 8:00 am you’ve just dialed into a conference call. As you wait for the other participants to come on you open up e-mail.

As the call begins you turn your attention to the call for maybe five minutes before you turn back to e-mail and finish up the reply you were working on before.

Message sent – back to the conference call.

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