Internet addiction in all its forms is our era’s cigarettes.
But I think too many people point fingers instead of offering solutions.
So I created Taming Your Tech to share the spread of solutions I learned and practiced over years.
I cite scientific papers in almost every post. That way you get science-backed solutions, not finger-pointing and scaremongering.
Hi, I'm Michael Sharber.
I was addicted to WoW in my adolescence through college years, and porn and YouTube for years, too. Long story short, I wasted too much time and waived too many formative experiences. But rather than forever feel that sting, I created this blog to give my suffering meaning. And to share with you the insights I learned from multiple recovery groups so you don’t have to feel that sting either (or anymore).
Here are some fun ones:
- hope is constructed by you, no matter how little hope you think you have
- desire implies lack; lack is suffering; suffering demands release
- sometimes you just want dopamine hits and don’t have an underlying wound to pathologize
- Don’t fight the old, build the new.
- Solutions, not problems.
- Intentional > disposal. Substitute.
- It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.
- The war is just a series of easier and easier battles.
What you'll find here
The Taming Your Tech blog contains 30+ articles on Internet, pornography, social media, and video game addiction. Science in almost every post. I also have a document library of free templates, worksheets, and shortcuts, as well as a video library and community forum in The Tamers Lodge. (COMING SOON)
Why not specialize in one? Because all behavioral addictions share overlap in the affected areas of the brain, namely the ventral tegmental area-nucleus accumbens pathway, or VTA-NAc. (oof)
Besides, plenty of strategies work for everything.
Praise! (for my soon-to-be-republished ebook Game On)
So by extension, my "life is an MMORPG" idea (and blog) has merit!
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