Ever since cellular phones became mainstream electronic devices, communication through text messages has become a part of everyday life. Unfortunately for some people, texting can be an addition that results in conflict. The Inquisitr reported on news pertaining to texting, in which an argument over such resulted in a violent stabbing. Let’s not forget all the driving accidents that happened over the years because drivers would both text and drive. To combat this, New York is now suspending drivers of their license if they are caught texting and driving.
The question that needs to be asked on the matter of texting is why are people so addicted? Apparently, texting has the same effect as an orgasm. Suddenly texting addiction makes sense!
According to an original article written by Alexia LaFata for Elite Daily and followed-up by CBS Local, the popularity of texting is biochemically connected to the releasing of dopamine, which has three functions. First, dopamine controls pleasure. Second, dopamine is responsible for feelings of seeking, wanting, and desiring such as motivation, arousal, and goal-orientated behavior. Finally, dopamine is responsible for feelings of satisfaction.
Taking that into account, an orgasm is one of the few times the body receives a large amount of dopamine, and it is one of the few times all three functions of dopamine occur synergistically. The pursuit of an orgasm is both controlling and seeking of pleasure. Dopamine will activate the pleasure control center of the brain for an orgasm, in which it will tell your body to pursue said orgasm. Upon achieving orgasm, dopamine will provide a sense of gratification from it.
With the details of an orgasm explained, Alexia LaFata states that all three functions of dopamine also activate for texting. Simply replace “orgasm” with “texting” in the above paragraph for a very brash, yet decent, example on how they are similar. There are other parts of texting that adhere to the experience, such as the “dopamine spike” one feels upon feeling the vibration or hearing the ringtone cue signifying receiving a text message.
Though the original article is well-written in presenting its case, Alexia LaFata utilizes a study made by Psychology Today, which was conducted about two years ago. Not only does it show how dopamine is associated with texting addiction, it reveals how one may be able to shut it off. Nowhere does the study compare texting to an orgasm. This means that Alexia simply added the comparison herself – which is quite genius if one were to think about it.
Now that you’ve read the article on Alexia LaFata’s comparison of an orgasm to texting addiction, what are your opinions of it? Do you agree with her? Do you not?
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