I’ve been thinking how easy it is to just drift along spending large chunks of time on the internet, on Facebook, on various news sites. Often in my Wine O’Clock stupor I’d just scroll, scroll scroll on through the evening. Accomplishing nothing. Nothing to show for my time.
I love Dr. Glenn Doyle. Ironically, I discovered him in my internet travels 🙂 . He’s so smart! So sharp! And he’s funny with it. In this post he touched on the scroll, scroll, scroll as a form of addiction. Here’s an extract, the entire post is well worth reading:
“We need to remember that the Internet has effects on the human brain that are not unlike drugs of addiction. The Internet absolutely impacts the functioning of the neurotransmitters dopamine and serotonin, those twin chemicals that are largely responsible for our motivation and moods.
The Internet absolutely creates an environment in which most websites want us to continue using them, with as little critical thought as possible. They absolutely want to create an environment in which we become addicted to and dependent upon their content.
I think our behavior on the Internet is something all of us need to be very mindful of and take very seriously. It’s simply not like our behavior in other domains.
Do yourself the favor of thinking, really thinking, about your Internet behavior.
Not just how much time you spend on the Internet, but how you use this tool.
Think seriously about the comments you make.
Think seriously about the content you engage with.
Think seriously about the ideas that you allow to invade your brain as you scroll, scroll, scroll down that social media feed of yours.
Don’t get me wrong: the Internet is a tremendous tool. It has revolutionized our culture in a way that nobody could have predicted in the last twenty years. I never thought that I’d see this kind of a cultural shift in my lifetime— and yet here we are.
It’s like when humans discovered fire. Fire can warm bodies, cook food, power steamships. Fire can also burn cities, burn books, and burn people.
Treat your combustibles with seriousness, humility, and respect.”