UCLA Prof. Says Computers Are “Electronic Cocaine” For Many

“The computer is electronic cocaine for many people,” UCLA professor Peter Whybrow tells the Pacific Standard’s Mary A. Fischer. “Our brains are wired for finding immediate reward.” Which is why we can’t stop.”

British-born endocrinologist and psychiatrist Dr. Whybrow, director of UCLA’s Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior contends that modern American culture has outrun the biology of our brains, with Internet expansion riding a dangerously rising tide of growing psychosocial stress and shrinking physiological balance, historical constraints that prevented people from doing things 24 hours a day like distance and darkness falling away, and our fast new lives manifesting symptoms of clinical mania: excitement over acquiring new things, high productivity, fast speech – followed by sleep loss, irritability, and depression, and contributing to epidemic rates of obesity, anxiety, and depression.

You can read more about this alarmingly lugubrious but difficult to gainsay analysis, and Dr. Whybrow’s prescription for remediation at:

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