An article I read yesterday about dopamine and productivity led me to write a post today on my writing healthy blog: How to Hack Dopamine to Increase Writing Productivity. Basically, it now looks like dopamine is not just a pleasure-fix, it looks like its main function is to motivate. Combined with AJ’s post last week about using organic chemistry to world build, it got me thinking about reading and watching our fave genre.
Think about our shared passion for a spell. Especially when we latch onto a series (Hello, BDB). We have GOT to get the next book, and the next, and the next. Sure it’s the incredible stories they weave, but could just the act of finishing such a pleasurable experience increase our need to get another one, another fix, if you will? We even joke about it to other fans–‘this series is like crack’–but could it really be some dopamine we’re hitting?
I have no freaking idea. I’m not a scientist and am really just talking out of my ass on this one, but it makes sense, no? Especially when you think about when you’re in the middle of reading a well-written book, and you’re like–just one more chapter!–you’ve just now activated your reward-response dopamine center in your brain to motivate you to finish that chapter, and maybe make you want to keep going for that high!
I know I’ve also felt that high when I’ve discovered a new TV series and play catch-up on early seasons on Netflix. Soon it’s the wee hours of the morning and I look up and around sporting some drool (that may be a slight exaggeration) and think, where the heck did the time go? My latest time-suck of that nature was the CW’s Arrow.
What do you think? Could dopamine be motivating us to stay attached to a series? What’s been your latest obsession?