Dopamine is a vital chemical for survival, but our obsession with phones and social media is overusing it. The closer the monkey gets to the fruit, the more dopamine it receives. Photo: Shutterstock Dopamine is a vital chemical for survival, but our obsession with phones and social media is overusing it. The closer the monkey gets to the fruit, the more dopamine it receives. Photo: Shutterstock
Dopamine is a vital chemical for survival, but our obsession with phones and social media is overusing it. The closer the monkey gets to the fruit, the more dopamine it receives. Photo: Shutterstock

Addiction and fake pleasure: how dopamine fasting became Silicon Valley’s latest wellness trend – plus a four-step guide to doing it

  • People receive a hit of dopamine each time they check their social media posts or mobile phones
  • Overproduction of this pleasure/reward chemical can lead to problems, and ‘dopamine fasting’, or ignoring your phone, is meant to reset your brain

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Dopamine is a vital chemical for survival, but our obsession with phones and social media is overusing it. The closer the monkey gets to the fruit, the more dopamine it receives. Photo: Shutterstock Dopamine is a vital chemical for survival, but our obsession with phones and social media is overusing it. The closer the monkey gets to the fruit, the more dopamine it receives. Photo: Shutterstock
Dopamine is a vital chemical for survival, but our obsession with phones and social media is overusing it. The closer the monkey gets to the fruit, the more dopamine it receives. Photo: Shutterstock
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