Zynga Co-Founder Admits to Addicting Millions to Dopamine

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Zynga Co-Founder Admits to Addicting Millions to Dopamine

WOW!!! Zynga/Farmville co-founder admits to helping millions being addicted to dopamine... and that's a good thing?!

"Some people disagree there is a problem, even if they agree that the online activities tap into deep neurological mechanisms. Eric Schiermeyer, a co-founder of Zynga, an online game company and maker of huge hits like FarmVille, has said he has helped addict millions of people to dopamine, a neurochemical that has been shown to be released by pleasurable activities, including video game playing, but also is understood to play a major role in the cycle of addiction."

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/24/technology/silicon-valley-worries-abou...

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Quote: But what he said he
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But what he said he believed was that people already craved dopamine and that Silicon Valley was no more responsible for creating irresistible technologies than, say, fast-food restaurants were responsible for making food with such wide appeal.

"They'd say: 'Do we have any responsibility for the fact people are getting fat?' Most people would say 'no,' " said Mr. Schiermeyer. He added: "Given that we're human, we already want dopamine."

Yeah, why would anyone hold business accountable for anything? As if they're excused of all culpability because when they exploit human weakness they're doing their job - making money. This mentality really gets under my skin.

Acceptance. When I am disturbed, it is because a person, place, thing, or situation is unacceptable to me. I find no serenity until I accept my life as being exactly the way it is meant to be. Nothing happens in God’s world by mistake.  Acknowledge the problem, but live the solution!

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intentional, exploitive

intentional, exploitive corporate behavior vs. personal, individual responsibility

interesting discussion, for sure.

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Well, at least they're

Well, at least they're admitting it. Perhaps the next step will be to put warnings on the games that they may be addictive. I suppose that will happen after enough lives are ruined because of addictive gaming.....so sad.

 

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NYTimes wrote: "But what he
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"But what he said he believed was that people already craved dopamine and that Silicon Valley was no more responsible for creating irresistible technologies than, say, fast-food restaurants were responsible for making food with such wide appeal.

"They'd say: 'Do we have any responsibility for the fact people are getting fat?' Most people would say 'no,' " said Mr. Schiermeyer. He added: "Given that we're human, we already want dopamine."

/end rant for me.

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I agree Silvertabby,  at

I agree Silvertabby, at least warnings would be good. Corporations are after big bucks and are totally lacking in conscience!

and it works both ways too. We have individual responsibility Sadly many of us don't heed warnings - especially those of us who are inclined to take things to the limit.

I am thinking that things go so much deeper today with the new technologies. We've really lost touch with nature, spirituality and each other.

I think change needs to start in families and schools and churches. We need to get back to the basics, and we need to monitor children and also be aware of potential problems in a community setting. It takes a village to raise a child as they say. We need to limit computer time for kids. We need God in our lives or a spiritual path. We need to listen to our children so horrors don't keep occurring as we have seen on the news. We need to let our children know they are valued and worthwhile. We need to be fully awake.

Lol - sorry for my rant!!

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exazzy wrote: intentional,
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intentional, exploitive corporate behavior vs. personal, individual responsibility

interesting discussion, for sure.

I don't see it as a versus. I support personal, individual responsibility, and I believe in holding the individuals who run corporations accountable for the decisions they make that exploit human weakness. Businessmen have moral obligations to society.

Acceptance. When I am disturbed, it is because a person, place, thing, or situation is unacceptable to me. I find no serenity until I accept my life as being exactly the way it is meant to be. Nothing happens in God’s world by mistake.  Acknowledge the problem, but live the solution!

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Wow. It is a real thing for

Wow. It is a real thing for sure. Glad he confessed.

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starryeyed wrote: ...and it
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...and it works both ways too. We have individual responsibility Sadly many of us don't heed warnings - especially those of us who are inclined to take things to the limit.

Sort of; i can only speak for me. When I picked up my first game, at 18 years of solid AA sobriety, I did not KNOW it was addictive. Had I known I would not have indulged, at all; I was so careful about misusing anything else and I knew that I was an addictive personality.

That's the point (not arguing here Starry) we need more education for "everyone" over the addictive qualities of everything. Not particularly legislation, but education.

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 Patria said "I was so

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"I was so careful about misusing anything else and I knew that I was an addictive personality."

Yes, I understand, and you knew yourself. I was mistaken to say that everyone wouldn't pay heed to warnings.

Mainly we are adults now and must deal with our demons. I was thinking of young people who are still in developmental stages and that we need to deal with the growing technology (miracle/monstrosity) at a grass roots level, to make changes in our thinking as a society to be able to use it as the master and not the slave. ( very hard but one drop to the bucket may become a cupful if enough people decide they want change.)

More and more people are going to become susceptible to the escape and isolation that computers and virtual worlds offer.

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Silvertabby wrote: Well, at
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Well, at least they're admitting it. Perhaps the next step will be to put warnings on the games that they may be addictive.

The problem is that at this point "addictive" when applied to a game is still considered a selling point by many if not most people.

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operetta
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Silvertabby wrote:

Well, at least they're admitting it. Perhaps the next step will be to put warnings on the games that they may be addictive.

The problem is that at this point "addictive" when applied to a game is still considered a selling point by many if not most people.

"Addictive" is a great selling point until people see headlines like these:

"New Mexico mom gets 25 years for starving daughter." - Fox News

"China used prisoners in lucrative internet gaming work." - Guardian News

"Online gamer killed for selling virtual weapon." - Sydney Morning Herald

"S. Korean dies after games session." - BBC News

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