Silicon Valley Worries About Addiction to Devices “Given that we’re human, we already want dopamine.” | Psychology of Consumer Behaviour | Scoop.it
Computers, smartphones and other gadgets have made life easier, but now tech firms are worried that they may be harming people.

 

(facebook exec tells ya to step away..ha ha)

 

"At the Wisdom 2.0 conference in February, founders from Facebook, Twitter, eBay, Zynga and PayPal, and executives .. debated whether technology firms had a responsibility to consider their collective power to lure consumers to games or activities that waste time or distract them."

 

( love the name of the conference!.is it ironic?)

 

"Eric Schiermeyer, a co-founder of Zynga, an online game company and maker of huge hits like FarmVille, has said he has helped addict millions of people to dopamine, a neurochemical that has been shown to be released by pleasurable activities, including video game playing, but also is understood to play a major role in the cycle of addiction. But what he said he believed was that people already craved dopamine and that Silicon Valley was no more responsible for creating irresistible technologies than, say, fast-food restaurants were responsible for making food with such wide appeal."

 

( yeah I've addicted people but they like it..kind of like fast food...so it's all good, right?)

 

“Given that we’re human, we already want dopamine.”