Whether we realize it or not, technology is changing our relationship with others and the world. Endless possibilities for the next digital dopamine hit impact our thoughts, emotions, physical and emotional health.
Dr. Anna Lembke is Professor of Psychiatry at Stanford University School of Medicine and director of the Stanford Addiction Medicine Dual Diagnosis Clinic. She wrote the book “Dopamine Nation: Finding Balance in the Age of Indulgence” and joined CultureShift to explain why technology has become so dependent on our brains and how we can change from “dopamine fast” from our devices. We talked about how you can benefit from it.
“I think what’s hard to analyze is the subtle negative impact these devices have on our mood and well-being. The way dopamine is released in response to engagement with the brain can lead to a chronic dopamine deficiency that can closely resemble clinical depression.” — Anna Lembke, Ph.D., Stanford University