Humans are interesting creatures in that we can make choices other creatures on planet earth cannot, but we often make choices we should not. Rampant obesity in the U.S. should tell us something about our dietary choices. How much time we devote to Facebook, YouTube, et al, should say something about the dopamine effect and what it can do to our ability to socialize properly.
Here’s a list of questions for consideration.
- Are you addicted to Apple products?
- Are you addicted to social media?
- Are you addicted to Amazon Prime?
I’ve been guilty of all three vices and I’m actively working a 12 Step Program to rid myself of Facebook and Amazon Prime. Yes, my indulgence vice will remain Apple until someone else comes along and shows me a better way to privacy and security without jumping off the grid.
Amazon Prime can be considered an addiction and David Nield has a few ideas on how to break it.
- Get your movies elsewhere
- Don’t pay for fast delivery
- Use Spotify or Apple Music
- Google for Photos
- Use an eBook Lending Library
Yes, I know Amazon spies on me. Whenever I search for something online– Google or Amazon; let’s say jogging shoes– I’ll be hounded for days as I browse the interwebs by jogging shoes ads that follow me wherever I go.
See? That alone is a good reason to use a VPN.
Part of that addiction is based upon 1-Click purchases in Prime and free shipping. Click to buy. Wait a few days. The dopamine effect is a thing, folks. Amazon stuffs so much into the Prime membership that it’s just hard to break free. It’s much like Microsoft Office for $10 a month, or Adobe Creative Cloud for $50 a month. You get so much for so little so why not subscribe and click until the credit card company comes calling?
Nield’s tips for breaking the Amazon addictions can be used elsewhere. Do you need cable TV? Or, is Netflix good enough? Can YouTube replace video entertainment from the cable TV company? I’ve tried breaking the cable cord, too, but the math doesn’t work. When cutting the cord there are too many hoops to jump through to watch crummy programming on the cheap.
We fired up Amazon Prime Video on Apple TV last week and ended up watching Andy Griffith reruns. Everybody is dead except Ron Howard.
Digital addictions are real, thanks to the dopamine effect, so anyone who has a halfway decent or even a half-baked idea on how to kick an addiction to the curb deserves a little attention. Do I have an Apple addiction? Perhaps. But Apple doesn’t spy on me or track me the way Amazon, Google, and Facebook do these days.