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The Rise of Dopamine Culture

As attention spans shrink, engagement shifts, and we enter a post-entertainment era

We’re living in a world obsessed with instant gratification. Our brains crave the dopamine rush that comes with short bursts of stimulation and positive reinforcement. This cultural phenomenon, dubbed the “Dopamine Culture” by Ted Gioia, is driven by the neurotransmitter dopamine, a key player in motivation, reward, and pleasure.

In a world overflowing with information and entertainment options, audiences love experiences that deliver a quick dopamine hit. More than ever, we all want concise, stimulating, and emotionally engaging content. Passive entertainment now struggles to hold our attention.

The rise of this Dopamine Culture has us all entering a “post-entertainment” era, where interaction and participation are king. The future belongs to informative, rewarding experiences that keep us actively engaged. (I dig deeper into this topic and its impact on brand experience design on my agency’s site.)

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