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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.
Americans spend 11 hours engaging with media per day.

‘Dopamine fasting’ is a new Silicon Valley trend, but some people are already taking it too far

In Silicon Valley, some are dopamine fasting by limiting stimulus, but other take it too far and demonize dopamine.
A woman fires a gun at a shooting range.

Here’s what can happen to your brain and body when you shoot a gun

Firing a gun can overwhelm our brains with the fight-or-flight response. But for some people, this feels really good.