Monday, March 3, 2014

Is guitar better than Facebook?

Many people are yet to wake up to the fact that Facebook is addictive and robbing them of quality time that could be spent doing something much more worthwhile. Our brain produces dopamine when it anticipates pleasure. We perceive Facebook as a pleasure activity in the same way we might find eating a sugary snack pleasurable. The dopamine in our brain is what motivates us to eat one more donut or read one more Facebook post. The problem is we are rarely left fulfilled. In fact we almost always feel worse. 

Guitar good, Facebook guilty 

The donut is unhealthy so creates a feeling of guilt but realising you just wasted 2 hours on Facebook also creates a feeling of guilt. Guitar practice on the other hand creates the opposite. We might prefer Facebook in the moment and it might feel good compared to doing boring old guitar scales but I guarantee you that you will feel much better after even 30 minutes of guitar practice than you will after a few hours on Facebook. Its all to do with they way we are basically programmed. 

The Facebook instinct

Throughout our evolution we developed certain instincts in order to survive. Facebook plays on our social instinct to be part of a tribe. Throughout most of human evolution tribes gave us the best chance of survival so we are naturally drawn to groups and the approval of people in those groups. The problem is that Facebook exaggerates this reality so we end up investing way too much time in to our network of so called friends. So how much time do you spend on social media each week?

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