When most people think of addiction their first thought is directed toward a substance abuse such as drugs or alcohol. That was probably your first thought, wasn’t it? Addiction isn’t always something you put in your body, it can also be to objects. Here are some addictions that may shock you.
Oh yes, it’s the age of the smartphone. How often do you go somewhere without yours? If you lose it, you probably feel as if something is missing and you can’t wait to get back to it. Some people even go to bed with their smartphones. Your need to constantly be connected by your smartphone can lead to working too much or ignoring those around you — all so you can get your smartphone fix. There isn’t a ton of research into this yet, but it’s something the scientific community is definitely working on. Keep an eye out in the coming years to see the results of this budding field of research.
There are definitely people who can’t get enough plastic surgery. They constantly find more areas on themselves that they need to nip and tuck, and doctors now know that addiction to plastic surgery is a form of a disorder called body dysmorphic disorder. This disorder makes people obsess over perceived physical imperfections, and chemicals in the brain definitely play a role.
There is definitely such a thing as too much of something good. People need sunlight to produce Vitamin D, but some people take it a bit too far. Scientists think this is because UV light causes the release of endorphins in your body which make you feel good – so good that you put your life at risk. Too much sun exposure can lead to skin cancer and premature aging. It is thought that people addicted to tanning also suffer from a type of obsessive-compulsive disorder or body dysmorphic disorder.
Here’s another one that’s too much of a good thing. Some people use exercise to help get over previous addictions, but it can become an addiction itself. If you continue to exercise even though you are sick or injured then you may be addicted to exercise.
Do you constantly Facebook or tweet? According to WebMD, some recent studies have shown that 10 percent of social media users think they have a problem. Researchers think the reward center of the brain is stimulated when you post on your feed the same way as when you take cocaine!
Have any of these addictions surprised you? Just remember, even seemingly harmless activities can lead to addiction, so you have to constantly check yourself to make sure you’re not going there. As the old saying goes, “Everything in moderation.”
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