What happens in your brain when you're addicted to something? Psychologists explain that when someone takes their drug of choice, the brain's reward systems are stimulated. Over time all that stimulation desensitizes the brain and the addict needs a bigger and bigger hit to experience the same jolt of pleasure and gets less and less enjoyment out of lower key, everyday joys.
We're used to hearing this story about substances like cocaine and heroin, but is it possible that many of us have a less dramatic but still biologically rooted addiction? That's the contention of a truly fascinating post from blogger and veteran engineering manager Michael Lopp who writes at Rands in Repose.