Video Games Stronger Than Morphine: U.S. Military. Video Games: An Hour A Day Is Key To Success In Life. The single biggest misconception about games is that they’re an escapist waste of time.
But more than a decade’s worth of scientific research shows that gaming is actually one of the most productive ways we can spend time. No, playing games doesn’t help the GDP - our traditional measure of productivity. But games help us produce something more important than economic bottom line: powerful emotions and social relationships that can change our lives—and potentially help us change the world.
Currently there are more than half a billion people worldwide playing online games at least an hour a day — and 183 million in the US alone. The younger you are, the more likely you are to be a gamer — 97% of boys under 18 and 94% of girls under 18 report playing videogames regularly. Why are we increasingly turning to games? That’s what I mean when I say — in the title of my new book — that Reality is Broken.” Fortunately, however, this temporary exodus is not a complete waste of time!
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Everything We Think We Know About Addiction Is Wrong. Johann Hari: Everything you think you know about addiction is wrong. The Opposite of Addiction is Connection. Right now an exciting new perspective on addiction is emerging.
Johann Harri, author of Chasing The Scream, recently captured widespread public interest with his Ted talk Everything You Know About Addiction Is Wrong, where he concluded with this powerful statement: The opposite of addiction is not sobriety. The opposite of addiction is connection. – Johann Harri These sentiments are augmented by a growing number of experts, including addiction specialist Dr Gabor Maté, who cites ’emotional loss and trauma’ as the core of addiction. Compare this ’emotional loss’ to Johan Harri’s idea about lack of connection and it is clear they’re talking about a similar emotional condition. Limbic Resonance If connection is the opposite of addiction, then an examination of the neuroscience of human connection is in order. How does this relate to addiction? “Humans require social connection” How Our Ability To Connect Is Impaired By Trauma Social Solutions To Addiction Personal Solutions To Addiction.
The Power of Small Decisions. Is Addiction Hijacking Your Brain’s Reward System? If we want to understand just how the brain’s reward system works – and how dopamine affects us – there is no better place to look than to addictions.
All addictions are driven by a neurochemical reward. Eating chocolate cake, working out, having sex, and winning money are all ways we can stimulate reward circuitry in the brain. And the reason these things (among many others) can become addictive is that when the pleasurable effects of a reward are associated with an activity, we want to do it more. The problem with drug-induced rewards is that they don’t just link a reward to a behavior, they change the way our brain processes the reward.
While previous research has shown that dopamine cells in the reward system send signals in cooperation with glutamate – called co-signaling – researchers at Uppsala University in Sweden have recently demonstrated mice who have become addicted to sugar and cocaine not only show lower levels of co-signaling, but lower levels of dopamine. References: 9 Addictions 90% of Us Struggle With. We are addicted to our thoughts.
We cannot change anything if we cannot change our thinking. “I’m addicted!” She said. “But didn’t you just tell me you’ve been clean for 15 years?” I asked. “I have been,” she said.
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