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Warning: biochemically addictive!

Social media should come with a warning label, “May be hazardous to your health.” There are two kinds of opioids, exogenous (outer) and endogenous (inner). An inner opioid is triggered in your brain by a modern behavior that mimics a natural behavior, one that enhanced species survival back in caveman days. In the case of social media use, you get this reward because we are social animals who survived better in groups. The problem is the dose is bigger than normal because you can socialize with way more people in one minute than when our brains evolved. Your brain gets overstimulated, awash with endogenous opioids. You actually may get addicted with the same consequences to your health as an outer opioid addiction. Tolerance is created causing you to use more and more. Real people become less interesting, interaction with family and friends sags because you don’t get a big enough hit of your drug. Some folks are biologically or emotionally more vulnerable to this kind of addiction than others, so try not using social media for a day and see how it goes. If you find you can’t put it down easily, you’ve got a problem.—MR

I get better sleep: the people who quit social media

by Soo Youn, The Guardian US, February 10, 2021

The author is considering giving up the apps. She speaks to those who have already taken the plunge – with liberating results.

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