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Anne Townsend

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Addiction, the neural network of distraction

Other people are addicts. Not us. Others.

Addiction involves jail time, it involves breaking the law.

Addiction is about a nasty illegal activity, like shooting up.

I’m here to tell you otherwise.

Addiction can be legal, socially and culturally normalized, and free.

Addiction can be the labour-intensive ten hours you spend on Netflix.

Addiction can be the five tweets you send at 3 am. Because you can.

Addiction is not only young people, or Instagram, or Twitter.

Addiction is the finger-tapping that robs you of star-gazing.

Addiction is the neural network of distraction.

Addiction is the wildly anti-social habit of putting a phone on a dinner table.

The Corona virus is giving me the courage to break free of any restraints I may have had in the past, of putting off what needs to be done or said.

I’m giving this to you from the horse’s mouth. Addiction is you, now, this.



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