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(DAY 106) We are all hooked

· 3 min read
Gaurav Parashar

In today's digital age, it's no secret that mobile phones have become an integral part of our lives. From waking up to going to bed, we are constantly surrounded by screens, checking notifications, scrolling through social media feeds, and engaging in various apps and games. But have you ever stopped to think about the profound impact these devices have on our brains? The dopamine loop induced by mobile phone usage has become a pervasive issue that deserves our attention.

The Dopamine Loop and Mobile Phone Addiction

Mobile phones, with their vibrant screens, endless entertainment options, and constant notifications, are designed to capture our attention. They have become a source of instant gratification, triggering a release of dopamine in our brains—the "feel-good" neurotransmitter associated with pleasure and reward.

Every time we receive a notification, unlock our phones, or engage in social media platforms, we enter into a dopamine loop. We get hooked on the anticipation of the next notification or the next swipe, seeking that small rush of pleasure that dopamine provides. This constant seeking of rewards leads to a compulsive desire to remain connected to our phones, often at the expense of real-life experiences and human interaction.

We get one of these little pings on our smartphones, and we get a little hit of dopamine as well. We get excited. We feel anticipation. As we feel this, we want it more and more. So we spend more and more time looking at our phones.

Badminton Coach at Cultfit

To illustrate the powerful grip of mobile phone addiction, let's consider the case of one of the badminton coaches at Cultfit, Gurgaon. Today morning at 6:30 am, when he should have been focusing on coaching and training, he was instead engrossed in playing a Garena or PUBG-like game. Rather than being present on the badminton court, he sat outside, eyes glued to his phone, caught in the virtual world.

Isn't it surprising how mobile phone addiction can infiltrate even the most unexpected areas of our lives? The coach's addiction to gaming not only affected his ability to fulfill his responsibilities but also set a poor example for his students. It emphasizes how we are all susceptible to the allure of mobile phones and the dopamine loop they induce.

Our addiction to mobile phones and the dopamine loop they induce is a societal issue that affects individuals across various age groups and professions. Recognizing the impact and consciously working towards breaking free from this addiction is essential for reclaiming our time, attention, and overall well-being. By setting boundaries, practicing mindfulness, and finding alternative sources of joy, we can regain control over our lives and establish healthier relationships with technology. Let's strive to break free from the grips of the dopamine loop and rediscover the beauty of genuine human connection.