How to Do a Digital Detox – Social Media Addiction and Dopamine’s Role

How to Do a Digital Detox – Social Media Addiction and Dopamine’s Role


Hello you smart smart people! Let’s talk
about social media burn out, what dopamine’s got to do with it and how
you can avoid burnout and take back control of technology. Last week was my
birthday and a very interesting thing happened by 11 o’clock I became so
overwhelmed with messages that I had a panic attack. And I had to just turn off
my phone put on a face mask and take a nap. And I know you’re gonna say boo Mana you’re so popular what a problem to have and I am very grateful for every message
and for all the love in my life but it reminded me of something very real that
I hear from a lot of people and actually a suggestion that I got from you on a
topic to cover in the series and that’s digital burnout or social media burnout It shows itself in the form of apathy or a crankiness whereas before you loved
being on social media now everything annoys you. Now what is burnout? Burnout
is the reduction of a substance to nothing. …… In this case you are the
substance. What most people report is that they have mixed feelings. They have
a love-hate relationship with social media. The hate comes from the fact that you are annoyed with it there’s too much
noise out there you feel like you’re wasting time. The love comes from
dopamine. So ….. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter. It is produced in two
areas of the brain. Dopamine that is produced in one area helps us begin
movements and speech. Dopamine produced in a second area
floods the brain when we expect or receive a reward. It tells the brain that what we
experienced is worth seeking or getting more of. That’s why some people call it the pleasure neurotransmitter. Now that’s
the natural mechanism. Substances like cocaine, nicotine, heroin and others cause
a huge boost in dopamine, thus that high! And people go seeking for it over and
over again. And guess what? Studies have shown that a “like” on a post on social
media gives us a boost in dopamine. And we feel that high. But what happens if
you don’t get those “likes”? You’re gonna expect them, so you’re gonna chase them
over and over again. That’s when you’re gonna start hating social networks.
That’s when burnout starts happening. So here are the things that I did for me
and for my company. I implemented a mandatory quarterly paid detox day. For
eight hours they can use the phone they can use the GPS and they can confirm
plans if they’re meeting somebody, but I ask them to not email or Slack or
go on social media. You’re trying to build a habit. And you’re trying to
exercise giving yourself permission to be offline. One of the things that
usually stand in the way of us taking back control is that we feel like we don’t have control. Or we feel like we don’t have permission to reclaim the space that to begin with was ours. So here are eight things you can do to take back control. Number one, and you’re gonna hate me for this, you’re gonna say it
may not be possible… Turn off all notifications. Yeah all of them. You’re going to be on your phone every 10 minutes anyway! You’re not gonna miss anything 2: Tell people to call you if it’s urgent. And educate them about the
difference between important and urgent A lot of people still don’t get that. Now you’re mostly gonna want to do this for your own peace of mind. If you know that people know to call you when it’s urgent you’re not gonna worry as much and it may be easier for you to turn off
notifications. 3: Stop over messaging. The more messages you send the more messages you’re gonna get back 4: Shed the pressure to quickly respond to messages that don’t require a response
right away. And give that courtesy to other people. Stop expecting that people
respond right away 5: Take a detox day. 6: Put your phone on sleep mode at night At least on the iPhone there’s a way to let
certain people through in case you’re worried about mom. 7: If you’re dating, remember texting is for joking, flirting and confirming plans. Pick up the phone if you’re trying to get to know the other person. 8: We all know the rule. At dinner whoever looks at their phone first pays the bill. So what are some of your tricks for avoiding or beating burnout? Let us know in the comments and please subscribe! We will see you back here next week

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