Originally Posted by newbymom05
There was another recent NYT article, maybe in Room For Debate, about iPhones and the Internet being addictive because each time you access something, be it an email or information, you not only get positive reinforcement, your brain gets a dopamine squirt. They said the brain's reaction was comparable to the reactions of experiencing not entertainment, but sex or food. That really freaks me out, and explains why I'm going to have to remove our laptop from the kitchen table. DH and I are huge on family meals and being mentally and physically present, yet we literally have to force ourselves not to look at it when we're at the table.
I am dealing with this myself. I have a Blackberry in part because of my job and the fact that I am able to do a lot of my work outside the office but I have to be available.
Yet in the year since I have had it, I feel my concentration shifting in ways I am not happy with at all. I find that when its on and I am checking email (or FB, etc) its like I am in the zone and get tense. Yet turn it off and things change.
Would love to get rid of it at times but the alternative would be more time in the office which I don't care for.