High Tech Slaves By Brian Simpson

     Here is something interesting about the minds of Silicon Valley workers, those who are part of holding the system together, with the high-tech fix. They have a few fixes of their own to hold themselves together:
  https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/dopamine-fasts-silicon-valley-sex-food-happy-a9194141.html

“A new craze is gaining traction among tech workers, and it entails doing absolutely nothing. As humans become increasingly subjected to endless choices, whether they be for food, romantic partners, or content, some people believe we run the risk of becoming overstimulated - which, in turn, could make it difficult to regulate emotions. According to Dr Cameron Sepah, a psychologist and professor at the University of California, San Francisco, who published an article on the topic on LinkedIn, this overstimulation eventually makes us less sensitive to dopamine - a neurotransmitter in our brains that plays a role in how we feel pleasure and motivation. “We may be getting too much of a good thing,” he explained. To counteract this state of being, Dr Sepah suggests dopamine fasting 2.0 - a concept that sees people limit behaviours that “trigger strong amounts of dopamine release” to allow “our brain to recover and restore itself”. Acknowledging that the initial idea of dopamine fasting can be traced back to both silent Vipassana meditation retreats, and a more-recent version of the same tactic popularised in 2016, Dr Sepah says the new-and-improved version of the technique, which focuses on abstaining from just one particular behaviour, whether it’s a bad habit or addictive, can be useful in resetting the brain. “To decide what to fast from, simply regard whether it’s highly pleasurable or problematic for you, and thus you may need a break from,” he wrote. However, because excess is a theme in today’s world, people have begun implementing dopamine fasts to the extreme - by temporarily cutting themselves off from anything that may produce the chemical for up to 24 hours at a time. For three millennial founders of a sleep analysis start-up called SleepWell, who are based in Silicon Valley, California, a dopamine fast means a fast of “everything” because they believe they’ve become “addicted” to the chemical.”

     Help! The world is full of crazy people doing weird things, and I want it to stop! What will these critters be like if the coronavirus goes full-on and IT workers star falling like flies? Will that blow fuses in their little brains too?

 

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