Dopamine Fast

by O Society November 29, 2019

When I first heard “Dopamine Fast,” I figured they’re finally giving people an IV and a pole to wheel it around behind you where ever you go. Get rid of your phone, skip the middleman, and get yer Dope fast, faster, fastest – Thanks for playing!


Seems what’s going on instead is a cry for folks to unplug. Take a break from the flashing lights and shiny objects.

Anyway, this guy Oliver Burkeman wrote an article about it being the latest thing in Silicon Valley. Then he goes on to say:

“I was going to try it – until it dawned on me I already have, several times, under the (slightly) less fashionable label of “going on a meditation retreat.” The rules are similar – no screens, reading, talking, sex, alcohol, meat-eating – and while meditation isn’t “doing nothing,” it certainly involves surrendering your dependence on external excitement. And the results are everything a dopamine-faster might want: renewed sensitivity to nature, and to the flavours of food; less impatience with others; better sleep; and a greater ability to read books without the urge to reach for your phone.”

Folks crack me up!

Go outside and play. Watch the grass grow. Hang out with some trees. Go for a walk with your dog. If you don’t have a dog, borrow someone else’s. Better yet, borrow someone else’s kids and/or their car and lead the cops on a high speed chase down US-1.

Nevermind. Let’s call it “Fast Times at Dopamine High” and make a reality TV show about it instead, ’cause that’s how we roll!

And yes, we are all well aware this is an essay on the internet about an article on the internet about getting off the internet and doing real things instead of being on the internet. Amazing powers of observation. So what?


The past and present wilt—I have fill’d them, emptied them.
And proceed to fill my next fold of the future.
Listener up there! what have you to confide to me?
Look in my face while I snuff the sidle of evening,
(Talk honestly, no one else hears you, and I stay only a minute longer.)
Do I contradict myself?
Very well then I contradict myself,
(I am large, I contain multitudes.)
I concentrate toward them that are nigh, I wait on the door-slab.
Who has done his day’s work? who will soonest be through with his supper?
Who wishes to walk with me?
Will you speak before I am gone? will you prove already too late?




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