Social media apps these days have features built into them to keep us mindlessly scrolling through its infinite feed. One easy way to unhabit is to install a “focus” app that limits the time you spend on these apps. But what if we try to introduce a negative stimuli instead of outright limiting the time we spend on these apps. For example, if we have to pay for each scroll we do after a certain daily limit, or if it reduces your daily spend limit on your card. Over sometime, we might get conditioned to use these apps less. But that still creates this whole void of dopamine that was otherwise met. So maybe this only solves half the problem.

To unlearn a habit, we must also provide our brains with interesting and perhaps overwhelming avenues to direct our attention towards.

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