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Why Testing is Addictive

Like many other testers, I rather enjoy my work and in particular the rush and thrill of digging out those juicy bugs! Imagine my delight therefore when I read the following from Jane McGonigal’s Reality is Broken:

By undertaking a difficult challenge, such as trying to finish a task in a shorter time than usual, we produce in our own bodies a rush of adrenaline, the excitement hormone that makes us feel confident, energetic and highly motivated.

By accomplishing something that is very hard for us, like solving a puzzle or finishing a race, our brains release a potent cocktail of norephinephrine, epinephrine and dopamine. These three neurochemicals in combination make us feel satisfied, proud and highly aroused.

And if we provoke our curiosity by exposing ourselves to ambiguous visual stimulus, like a wrapped present or a door that is barely ajar, we experience a rush of “interest” biochemicals also known as “internal opiates.” These include endorphins, which make us feel powerful and in-control, and beta -endorphin, a “well-being” neurotransmitter that is eighty times more powerful than morphine.

Any of those sound like testing activities to you? They do to me…

Jane goes on to make the point that few people set out to intentionally trigger these systems. But imagine if you did…

Would testing become an addiction?

Are you already addicted?


GiottoPress by Enrique Chavez