While it might take me awhile to connect this back to class, I think it is very important to share this information with you. Ever wonder why when you open a box of Oreos you cannot have just one or two, BUT SEVEN, EIGHT OR NINE? This is because Oreos are being tested in lab rats and have shown to be equivalently addictive as cocaine.
“A 2009 study by researchers at the Scripps Research Institute in Florida found the pleasure centers in the brains of rats that were fed high-fat, high-calorie food became less responsive over time — a signal that the rats were becoming addicted”. I think that our brains have a similar response to technology, we find such pleasure in being technologically connected that our brains become less responsive to books and human interaction because we are addicted to the internet, TV, and our phones. Similar to the obesity epidemic in America that most likely stems from high-calories foods stimulation of pleasure on our brains and addictive attributes; I think our everyday use of technology has done the same thing and can soon be considered a digital epidemic. Who knows maybe next they will consider iPhones and Facebook more addictive that cocaine….we will just have to wait and see.