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Professional Behaviors. Habits can become Irresistible Addictions
Filed under: Recent Posts, Mentoring, Mature professionals, Observ. Trends
Posted by: site admin @ 3:02 pm

The book by Adam Alter is interesting reading from a |
number of perspectives.  Irresistible– The Rise of Addictive
Technology and the Business of Keeping us Hooked

Alter asserts that addiction is not genetic in certain people
but every person is vulnerable to situations and attachments
to them.  The Internet and various programmable devices
with continuous positive feedback,
- persistent “goals” culture,
- games and media that incur ‘down the line’ charges [get
you into it so you must and want to stay involved.  But
to do that you have to pay.]
- escalation [where you get challenged and learn, yet the
computer enhanced tool increases or varies from its
otherwise predictable trend]
are examples Alter provides.
These addictive technologies develop habits where
you have little control.  Nearly everyone of us has
our own and various situations make us instinctively
crave for that infernal habit.
Alter does readers favors by pointing them out,
showing what is going on and suggesting things we
can do 
to forestall, limit or move on to something else.
Worth reading for many of us.
‘Habits gone bananas!’ 

3 Responses to “Professional Behaviors. Habits can become Irresistible Addictions”

  1. site admin Says:

    Modern day malady affecting two-thirds of adults—chronic
    sleep deprivation. Sleep deprivation is behavioral addictions’ 
    partner, the consequence of over engagement.

    Sleep quality has declined dramatically in the past half century
    and one of the major culprits is the bluish light that emanates
    from many electronic devices. Blue light signals morning, as
    we are inducing jet lag at night by telling our bodies that the
    day is beginning just before we go to bed. The pineal gland
    buried deep in your brain produces a hormone, melatonin at
    night. Melatonin makes you sleepy and the pineal gland stops
    producing melatonin as your body prepares for the day.

    Addiction is really about the relationship between the person
    and the experiences. The highest risk for addiction is early adulthood.
  2. site admin Says:

    ReStart - world’s first gaming and internet treatment center studies
    reveal addiction indicates that a person’s mind learns to associate
    any substance or behavior with relief from a behavioral pain

     ”likes” in FB and reposts in Twitter, pictures, articles in Linkedin,
    videos in YouTube

     Tricks used:
     ”loss disguised as a win”
      “luck ambassadors”
       games with micro-feedbacks
      “beginner’s luck;” luck is engineered in video games
       quasi-need for completion of task
  3. site admin Says:

    HBR article tips

     1. match your interests to your communication style and strengths
     2. prioritize and remove your personal distractions; they recommend a whiteboard to make leading commitments and have a less visible cabinet
     3. create a time schedule giving your best working times for each day and best undisturbed full days
     4. avoid multitasking when doing important tasks; write down summaries of meetings and notes for all projects and expenses
     5. accountability partner to report out to

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