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Silicon Valley is obsessed with ‘dopamine fasting’ to stay sane. It might actually work, but not because of dopamine.
Stanford Neuroscientist Russell Poldrack said that "there's nothing specific about dopamine that's going on" when we detach from our devices.
I tried dopamine fasting, the latest trend in Silicon Valley, and it was way more difficult than I expected
Dopamine fasting is a way of managing overstimulation and constant distraction by limiting behaviors that can lead to addictive patterns.
In Silicon Valley, some are dopamine fasting by limiting stimulus, but other take it too far and demonize dopamine.
Firing a gun can overwhelm our brains with the fight-or-flight response. But for some people, this feels really good.