At one point or another you’ve probably joked with friends that you’ve become addicted to something on the internet: Cute kitten videos, absurd quizzes or a variety of other semi-entertaining online phenomena. While you probably weren’t actually dependent on any of those things, scientists in California claim they’ve treated the first person with internet addiction brought on by overuse of Google Glass. [More]
Sometimes new technology and an addictive personality don’t really mix. At least when humorist David Sedaris acquired a Fitbit Flex wristband, the end result was that he spent hours walking back roads in the English countryside, racking up tens of thousands of steps. [More]
If you’re lacking for addictions in your life, you may as well download the free new PC game, Peggle: World of Warcraft Edition.
A woman in Sweden has been granted the right to seek inpatient treatment for her Coke addiction — no, not that kind. Coca-Cola. [MomLogic]
Is [it] a biologically driven disease of the brain, a learned habit run amok, an addiction in its own right or a symptom of the other dysfunctions—most notably depression—that so often accompany it?
Shopping addiction is really sad, especially when it compels otherwise normal people to do something insane like steal $2.89 million dollars just to buy shoes and jewelry.
“Addictive spending is often rooted in punishing feelings of low self-esteem and problems with impulse control,” says an addiction specialist in an MSNBC special report on compulsive spending. At its worst, it can wreak as much or more damage on your finances as any full-blown gambling, drinking, or drug addiction—and yet, a lot of people still consider it a moral failing that sheer will-power can prevent (just take a look at half the comment threads on this blog for evidence of that mindset). If you’re a compulsive spender, odds are you already know if you have a problem, even if you manage to hide it from everyone else. But here are ten ways to help get a grip on the situation.
In Clue to Addiction, Brain Injury Halts Smoking [NYT]
Is the minty freshness of menthol cigarettes more addicting than regular cigarettes?
I’m an easy mark for panhandlers. One time, when visiting a friend in Chicago, I was waiting to meet her on a street corner when a single, fairly respectable hobo came up and asked for a dollar for some booze. This is the sort of honesty that speaks to me in a bum, so I gave it to him. Five minutes later, I was throwing all my bills into the air and weeping in despair as a cloud of homeless people swarmed about me, snatching the fluttering green pieces of paper from the air and shouting for more.