Most People Identify as Huggers, Rarely Hug “I think that—and I should be careful about how I say this, but—I do think using Facebook sometimes feels like using heroin,” Vivek Murthy, the recent-past U.S. Surgeon General, said yesterday. The comment … Continue reading Can loneliness cause addiction?
Your Addiction to Social Media Is No Accident On February 9, 2009, Facebook introduced the like button. Initially, the button was an innocent thing. It had nothing to do with hijacking the social reward systems of a user’s brain. “The … Continue reading The rise of addictive technology
Is video game addiction a real thing? It’s certainly common to hear parents complain that their children are “addicted” to video games. Some researchers even claim that these games are comparable to illegal drugs in terms of their influence on … Continue reading Gaming is not addictive
Academically successful children smoke more cannabis as teenagers: is it time to rethink drug education programmes? Academically successful children are more likely to drink alcohol and smoke cannabis in their teenage years than their less academic peers. That’s according to … Continue reading Evidence-based education
Brain Can Be Rewired To Make Better Choices, Says Award-Winning Study A ground-breaking research in the field of neuroscience offers an in-depth analysis of the brain’s reward system, highlighting its influence on the decision-making process. The study encompasses three decades … Continue reading Reward for your brain
Information avoidance: From health to politics, people select their own reality We live in an unprecedented “age of information.” Dieters have access to nutritional information, people at risk of genetic disease can undergo cutting-edge medical tests and citizens in modern … Continue reading How people avoid information
How companies should treat their most enthusiastic customers The hero of Nick Hornby’s novel, “High Fidelity”, cannot get enough of vinyl records. By day Rob Fleming runs a record shop where he spends his time sampling the stock and constructing … Continue reading The super-consumers