Social media has changed our relationship to dopamine. This neurotransmitter serves as a reward: eat a tasty, high-calorie snack? Dopamine hit! Get a smile from an attractive member of the opposite sex? Dopamine hit!
The evolutionary thinking is that by rewarding our brains with good-feeling dopamine, we’ll want to repeat that positive behavior. Positive behaviors promote survival and reproduction, so dopamine exists to guide those habits.
But now, you can get a dopamine hit from someone “liking” your post. Comments and shares? More dopamine.
The problem is, the dopamine system exists to encourage healthy habits. Now, it’s twisted to promote social media activity. We’re adapting to a constant flow of dopamine, instead of the occasional hit of encouragement.
This has plenty of knock-on effects, from our attention spans to our priorities, in ways that don’t benefit survival.
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