Internet outrage is a dangerous addiction

The Isaiah 53:5 Project

I’ve wondered for a long time why there is so much outrage these days andthis, I think, offers a pretty good explanation.

Just like gambling or sex, outrage can become aprocess addiction—a form of behavior that our bodiescome to rely on to feel good. The mechanics of anger addiction are simple. When we erupt in anger, our brains get a hit of dopamine, which yields a sense of euphoria. Just as drug users will quickly become dependent on their substance of choice to get that euphoria, those who overindulge in outrage will often end up relying on that behavior to release the desired dopamine.

It’s easy to see how this addiction plays out online, Twitter perhaps being the best example. Man A wakes up in the morning, immediately reaches for his smartphone and finds, via those he follows for this sort of stuff, an article about Today’s Sinner…

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