Thank God they’ve found a name for it. Knowing the problem exists is a big part in taking steps……… NOT. For the past few years my wife has been, shall we say, concerned about my little problem. Frankly, at times, I’ve been a little worried myself. I couldn’t put my finger on the time when I noticed that my life had changed, and, like so many others, whatever it was, it came slowly, silently, until the realization dawned that I was different from the way I had been.
Let somebody else explain it……
When he hooked up volunteers to a brain-scanning machine, the preferred pictures were shown to generate much more brain activity than the unpreferred shots. While researchers don’t yet know what exactly these brain scans signify, a likely possibility involves increased production of the brain’s pleasure-enhancing neurotransmitters called opioids.
In other words, coming across what Dr. Biederman calls new and richly interpretable information triggers a chemical reaction that makes us feel good, which in turn causes us to seek out even more of it. The reverse is true as well: We want to avoid not getting those hits because, for one, we are so averse to boredom.
It is something we seem hard-wired to do, says Dr. Biederman. When you find new information, you get an opioid hit, and we are junkies for those. You might call us ‘infovores.’ “
For most of human history, there was little chance of overdosing on information, because any one day in the Olduvai Gorge was a lot like any other. Today, though, we can find in the course of a few hours online more information than our ancient ancestors could in their whole lives.
…. technology is playing a trick on us. We are programmed for scarcity and can’t dial back when something is abundant.
There, we can say it. I’m addicted to information. I need another hit of that opioid……
Thanks, Wall Street Journal