Maybe you’ve felt it. You have plans, time, and are ready to be productive. You slept well, you’re caffeinated. Then, you make the mistake.
You open Facebook.
Or Twitter or whatever your mental poison is. It only takes a few seconds for the Silicon Valley-engineered dopamine hit to reward you. Then you scroll. In a few minutes you feel it.
You settle a bit. Your mind switches to a passive mode. And now you have to exert your willpower to close the app, then more willpower not to open it back up. Not a ton of willpower energy. Just a little. But over and over and over again.
It’s making us all slow. It’s shaping us and mentoring us. It’s a technological liturgy. Content of that liturgy is provided by people we will never meet. People we probably will never be aware of.1