7—Social networks. Addicts spend a lot of time on social media because they always need to check, post or interact with the content. Social networks encourage the search for approval and social validation through likes, comments, and followers. Addicts are obsessed with obtaining this validation and feel anxiety or discomfort when they do not get it.
8—Video games. Electronic gaming disorder, or online gaming disorder, is a pattern of problematic behavior that results in negative consequences in different areas of life. Addicts intend to play for a time-limited but extend it much longer than planned, neglecting essential responsibilities like work and family.
9—Pornography. Sexually explicit material use disorder is a pattern of problematic behavior in which a person develops a compulsive dependence on excessive consumption of pornographic material. This addiction hurts different areas of life, including mental health, personal relationships, and sex life. Over time, addicts develop a tolerance to porno, which means they need increasingly explicit content.
10—Smartphones. Nomophobia is an increasingly recognized and studied addiction. People addicted to their smartphones and apps feel the urge to use them all the time, even in situations that are not safe or inappropriate situations, like when driving or talking to someone in person. They also neglect personal and social relationships in favor of phone use, preferring to interact online rather than face-to-face. Headaches, eye fatigue, sleep difficulties, and mood swings can indicate smartphone addiction.
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Everyone experiences addictions differently. Treatment to cure a habit depends on the severity of the problem. Generally, treatments include individual or group therapy, medication, detoxification programs, and lifestyle changes.
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) helps treat addictions to work, shopping, social networking, gambling, and sex. This type of therapy helps identify negative thought patterns and harmful behaviors and provides strategies to modify them.
What are the weirdest addictions? Pulling out your hair until you eat it. Ingesting human and animal blood. Eating toilet paper. Licking cats. Eating dirt. Chewing glass, stones, or ice.
✅ Important. All addictions have serious repercussions, and it is essential to seek professional help. Consult your physician.