Dopamine fasting

  • End of last year some articles on various platforms surfaced that slowly got more traction on social media that talked about dopamine fasting. Just one of many examples:…to-neuroscientist-2019-11
    Even on Wikipedia an article exists since January 2020 (

    Wipedia 17th of July 2020
    : Dopamine fasting is the practice of temporarily abstaining from addictive technologies such as social media,
    listening to music on technological platforms, and Internet gaming, and
    can be extended to temporary deprivation of social interaction and

    My personal opinion:
    It is nothing new, because all that one does is to completely remove all small rewards from your life for a day or even a weekend. However I like the attention this topic gets due to the fact that people start discussing why this became necessary. Why is it already accepted that a telephone, a communications device can lead to an addiction? I will keep following articles around that topic and will hopefully be able to apply learning in our project around game classification.

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