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Dopamine detox: Reclaiming focus in the workplace

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Are you constantly finding yourself glued to your phone or binge-watching your favorite TV show, unable to tear yourself away? You’re not alone. With the rise of fast content consumption and instant pleasure, many of us have unknowingly fallen into the trap of dopamine addiction.

Dopamine, the “feel-good” chemical in our brains, is released when we engage in pleasurable activities, creating a sense of reward and reinforcing the behavior. And in today’s fast-paced world, businesses are taking advantage of this by bombarding us with endless streams of content and notifications, keeping us hooked and craving more.

But the truth is, this addiction can have negative effects on our well-being and productivity.

The science behind dopamine “addiction”

Dopamine is a neurotransmitter. It plays a crucial role in how we experience pleasure and reward. When we engage in activities that we find enjoyable, our brain releases dopamine, leading to feelings of pleasure and satisfaction. The brain then registers this reward and encourages us to repeat the behavior, creating a dopamine-reward loop. However, when overstimulated by fast content consumption – think instant social media updates or the addictive nature of video games – our brains become overwhelmed with dopamine. This flood of dopamine can lead to a tolerance, requiring us to seek more and more stimulation to get the same pleasurable effect. Over time, this can result in a kind of dopamine ‘addiction,’ where we feel a constant need to engage in these high-dopamine activities to feel good, disrupting our natural dopamine balance.

And that is one the reasons why statistics of Global depression rates have been climbing significantly in the past 30 years showing that people are becoming less and less happier.

The concept of dopamine detox

Dopamine detox is a modern method designed to reset your brain’s reward system. The concept revolves around limiting exposure to the things that trigger a rapid release of dopamine—typically, activities involving instant gratification, like browsing social media, watching videos, or even eating sugary foods. The idea is not to eliminate these activities altogether, but to curb the frequency of the dopamine highs and lows they produce. By taking a break from these high-stimulus activities, you essentially give your brain a chance to recalibrate.

It’s about training your brain to gain satisfaction from slower, more meaningful tasks, rather than constantly seeking the quick dopamine hits. Consequently, the goal—to regain control over your dopamine response, reduce dependency on fast content, and ultimately, improve focus and productivity.

Practical steps to implement dopamine detox in the workplace as a manager:

  • Start by encouraging employees to take regular breaks away from screens. Instead of scrolling through social media on breaks, suggest engaging in conversations with colleagues, reading a book, or taking a walk.
  • Promote mindful eating at lunch breaks rather than eating in front of screens, which could help reduce the constant dopamine hits.
  • It’s also essential to have dedicated times for checking emails and social media, limiting the constant influx of information and potential dopamine triggers.
  • Training sessions on mindfulness and meditation could also prove beneficial, as they help increase self-awareness and control over one’s response to dopamine-producing stimuli.
  • Finally, promote a culture of single-tasking. It’s a myth that multitasking increases productivity – in reality, it’s a prime avenue for fast content consumption. Encourage employees to focus on one task at a time, enhancing productivity while minimizing dopamine-triggering distractions.

 With these practical steps, your workplace will be the place of healthier relationship with dopamine.

A reduced reliance on dopamine-triggering stimuli in the workplace can have transformative effects. Firstly, employees can experience improved focus and productivity. By tackling one task at a time and minimizing distractions, workers can delve deeper into their assignments, producing higher quality work. Secondly, decreased dopamine addiction can contribute to a healthier work-life balance. Less reliance on digital devices means more time for offline activities and meaningful human interactions.

Thirdly, it can boost employee wellbeing. Less screen time can reduce digital eye strain and mental fatigue, while more time spent on mindful practices or simply enjoying a tech-free lunch can reduce stress levels. Finally, a detoxed workplace can foster a culture of mindfulness, focus and genuine interaction, enhancing overall team spirit and cohesion. Dopamine detox isn’t about denying pleasure or stimulation, but about creating a healthier, more balanced relationship with our digital world – and the benefits can be far-reaching.


In essence, cutting down on dopamine addiction can transform your workplace, fostering focus, productivity, and genuine engagement. As employees break free from constant fast content consumption, they can fully concentrate on tasks, enhancing efficiency. Reduced distractions may encourage creativity, leading to innovative ideas. Balanced dopamine responses may also contribute to better mental health, reducing stress and anxiety. Promoting a culture of mindfulness and single-tasking can foster authentic, meaningful connections among team members.

The total result? A happier, healthier, and more productive workforce that is not only capable of achieving business goals but also enriched by the direction towards those achievements. Through dopamine detox, we are not merely combating an addiction, but reshaping our workplaces for the better.








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TikTok is poisoning your brain

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TikTok Is Altering The Behavior Of An Entire Generation | by Julien  Dimastromatteo, PhD | Invisible Illness | Medium
Source: https://medium.com/invisible-illness/tiktok-is-altering-the-behavior-of-an-entire-generation-576d38a8d1d5

TikTok has been around for 6 years now. In such a short time it has gained the title of the fastest-growing social network ever in the history of the internet. It not only managed to gain millions of users in a matter of months but also has affected the whole industry of video/photo platforms, and killed millions of brain cells. It is difficult to deny, that TikTok is now virtually in every social media, and the short videos from it even acquired their own name, simply “TikToks”. These short-form videos have a span of up to 60 seconds have overtaken the internet. Instagram is TikTok, Facebook is TikTok, and youtube is TikTok, they just call it in different ways like “reels” or “shorts”. Some would argue that it is great when a new, fun, and useful app gains popularity and the technology is adopted by other companies, it is a natural part of any developing competitive space. Though, let’s take a closer look at why TikTok has made such a boom on the internet, the main reason for which, is it being a real addictive drug.

With TikTok possessing more than a billion active users and its technology being copied and pasted into such giant platforms as Facebook and youtube (promoting it to some of the other hundreds of millions of viewers), it makes me ponder on what makes everyone watching it, and what makes all those companies strive to have the same brainwasher in their software. Though, after a few minutes of active thinking, an answer comes to mind – TikTok is dope.

The essence of its addictiveness (which is truly the highest among all social media platforms), lies in its design. The way the app looks, feels, scrolls, sounds, and the way the buttons are laid out all create a virtual space that lowers the level of our brain’s activity and makes it lose the track of time. It is designed in a way that forces innocent minds to watch hundreds of short videos daily while forgetting what they have seen 30 seconds ago no matter how funny, interesting, or exciting it could seem at the moment. We don’t have to search long for evidence of the effectiveness of such a design, because it has already been given: corporations like Facebook and youtube which used to be the largest social media trendsetters have suddenly adopted the pattern of TikTok app to their own playing fields. Though, the question still stays: why is this design so addictive?

In order to answer that, we first have to figure out how addiction works. As stated in the Harvard Health Article: “Addiction involves craving for something intensely, loss of control over its use, and continuing involvement with it despite adverse consequences. Addiction changes the brain, first by subverting the way it registers pleasure and then by corrupting other normal drives such as learning and motivation.” (Harvard Health Article, Understanding addiction). In other words, addiction makes us lose control over our own actions due to a strong craving to experience this addictive something. Although, for the majority of people when thinking of addiction, some of the first things that come to mind are such substances as cigarettes, alcohol, pills, or marijuana. By way of explanations, those are drugs. However, it is important to notice that those drugs that are used for medical purposes are also called medicaments. At the same time, if we consider the word drug more as a general concept of it being something that causes addiction, then it should not be only restricted to physical substances. Moreover, the addiction mechanism works in the same way for all drugs, be it nicotine, sugar, sex, or TikTok videos. In particular, whenever the brain is exposed to certain external stimuli, which causes it to release a set of hormones that are making it feel good, and starts to crave for that good hormone rush, such as dopamine. Then a pattern emerges, “cue routine reward” (Duhigg, 2016). Whatever can become a cue, say being bored, feeling upset, wanting a distraction, etc. When a cue is touched upon, it then triggers the craving for the reward. The reward is known by the brain, in this case, it is the pleasant hormone rush. Hence, our mind urges a subconscious uncontrolled behavior that, it also knows, will bring the reward it craves for. This is how addiction emerges. Translating it to TikTok, whenever we find ourselves bored we know that we can entertain ourselves in TikTok by watching short funny videos. Whenever we scroll for the next video in the first few seconds we are getting excited by its looks, sound, or contents. This then makes our brain release a little bit of dopamine which makes us feel slightly better. Have you noticed that if the video does not excite you in the first 3 seconds you are very likely to quickly scroll to the next one? This is a clear evidence of you scrolling subconsciously, not even realizing that you are already addicted. Your brain wants more dopamine, hence it traps itself in a loop: scroll, get excited, feel good, crave the good feeling again, scroll, and so forth…

One would say that even if TikTok is addictive, it does not cause any severe consequences to neither individual, nor society. Nevertheless, studies have been conducted which state that the addiction to TikTok, just as for any other addictive essence, does affect our brain activity, especially it lowers the activity of particular part of our brain. This, in turn, might lead to the brain’s certain structures’ gradual atrophy. Especially susceptible to this are people of the age under 25 because the brain is not fully developed up till that time. Ironically, those are the ones that tend to spend the most time on the internet and TikTok due to the lack of interest in the real-world and boring classes in schools and universities.

Just like with addictive substances, addiction to TikTok is very difficult to notice, as it happens very gradually and smoothly. You don’t feel like something is going wrong, unless you check out the time of the day before you clicked on TikTok and right after you finished your daily session, here you get surprised by how much time has flown by. The danger is high, as it is hard to detect the full amount of hours we lose to TikTok, though it accumulates over time. Just the mere thought of us spending an hour daily on watching vids we don’t even remember at the end of the day, makes me think of how much I could have achieved if spent it on reading self-improvement literature or learning a new skill. Lets try to leave a worthy legacy behind and not be left known as the “look at me generation”. 😉

Feel free to share your experiences with tiktok and thoughts on this in the comments down below 🙂

I will be very glad to hear from you!


Duhigg, C. (2016). Power of habit. Penguin Random House Audio Publish.

Understanding addiction. HelpGuide.org. (n.d.). Retrieved October 31, 2022, from https://www.helpguide.org/harvard/how-addiction-hijacks-the-brain.htm

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