Information addiction

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Information addiction is an condition whereby the diagnosed is addicted to the hit of pleasure and stimulation from information.[1] It has been referred to as "pseudo-attention deficit disorder"[2] because it tends to cause somewhat ADD-like symptoms. [3]

This addiction usually begins with continuously using an Information streaming service, like TeleVision, YouTube, FaceBook, Twitter, etc, which gets the brain unaccustomed to idleness, always watching/reading/listening something. Then it spreads onto other Information retrieval activities.[4]

What numerous experiments have found is that our dopamine neurons aren’t interested in responding to the reward itself – instead, they want to find the first reliable bit of information that predicts the reward. This is why we crave new facts: they are means of updating our old facts, of extending our cognitive models forward in time.[5][6]

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  1. ^ The Chemistry of Information Addiction
  2. ^ Richtel, Matt (6 July 2003). "The Lure of Data: Is It Addictive?". The New York Times. Retrieved 12 February 2014. 
  3. ^ "Information Addiction". Impact Lab. 6 July 2003. Retrieved 12 February 2014. 
  4. ^ Overcoming Information Addiction
  5. ^ Information Addiction -scienceblogs
  6. ^ Dopamine Makes You Addicted To Seeking Information

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