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How can you become addicted to something?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 16, 2013 at 10:07 AM

I realize this question isn't strictly paleo, but I think it will appeal to a paleo audience!

Not all addictions are bad. Many athletes are addicted to exercise and many musicians are addicted to practising.

Once I was addicted to a video game and would sleep 6 hours only to jump out of bed every morning and get back to playing. I'd like the same to be true for my software business. But at the moment I'm meh about the whole thing.

How would I go about creating a positive addiction?

Let's disregard the downsides for the time being.

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on February 16, 2013
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What an awesome question. And timely for me, too -- will be watching this one closely.

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at 02:40 PM

lol great post. Not a startup though, doing consulting and releasing some 'software products', no SaaS or funding.

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on February 16, 2013
at 11:34 AM

When you figure out how to turn a mundane activity into one that you fall in love with (without using drugs) let me know. In fact let the world know and charge a fee - you will become a multi millionaire overnight.

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on February 16, 2013
at 10:36 AM

A positive addiction would seem to me to be a habit that suits one's best interests (whatever they are). (Is that a circular definition...? It would seem to be...) Maybe it's easer then to talk of habits; there is generally less value judgement associated with them...

Habit formation develops through one repeating a behaviour over a period of time. What this period of time might be is open to question - a month and a few weeks is mentioned here: http://blogs.ucl.ac.uk/hbrc/2012/06/29/busting-the-21-days-habit-formation-myth/ Basically though it seems to be about one constantly repeating such that eventually certain behaviours become 'automatic' to some extent.

If you want to cultivate something, do it. Practice, act in the way that you want to be, and it may well become 'second nature' for you to be that way after a while. Like most things that are commonly viewed as worthwhile though, the process will take while and even after a habit is formed, will require reinforcement as well, although not to the extent as which one needs to repeat new and alien behaviours/thought processes.

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on February 16, 2013
at 05:09 PM

There is a great website - your brain on porn. The guy actually explains the mechanics of addiction. All it takes to get an addiction is a rush of dopamine, an endless supply and a great variety. So it is easy to get addicted to smoking because that stuff is sold on every corner. If you had one store in the country, you would not be addicted to that thing. You would grow your own tobacco instead.

Some people (dopamine-type) are more prone to addictions. Some are less. You can get people addicted to your software if they can run it 24/7, there is a great variety (you change it all the time) and it is interesting - they would never know what happens next. Also, keep the unexpected to a 50% - for example, 50% of all the boxes will have an added surprise, but nobody knows which boxes have it and which boxes don't have it. That's how gambling works.

I am addicted to watching Korean dramas. Not as bad as it used to be, but still.

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on February 16, 2013
at 02:07 PM

OP wants to go into a trance-like high energy flow state where he does everything superfast supergood to build supercompany, which then IPOs and make him an IT billionaire.

The feeling good part requires positive feedback, which requires non-stop success.

A real startup is hard work and will probably have a face give you stress only a mother founder could love bear.

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on February 16, 2013
at 02:40 PM

lol great post. Not a startup though, doing consulting and releasing some 'software products', no SaaS or funding.

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on February 16, 2013
at 10:37 AM

Doing an activity you find enjoyable will release endorphins and the like, this makes you want to keep doing it. To be addicted to something good - I would suggest finding something you like doing but is actually good for you, maybe you might become addicted to it.

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