We’ve all heard of the issue of addiction. Many people often get addicted to drugs, alcohol, or smoking. This has become a significant issue, especially since these often interfere with work, school, and relationships and cause many health problems. However, addiction can happen to anyone, and you can get addicted to anything.
People can get addicted to the weirdest things that they did not expect. When you get addicted to something, people get the physiological compulsive need to use something habitually. Addiction to something, even those not drugs or harmful substances, can also be bad since it often negatively impacts behavior. If you’re interested, you may want to read Zedart’s book for people struggling with addiction that talks about the journey of addiction. Here are some uncommon addictions that people may struggle with:
1. Fast food
We all know of a friend who loves fast food or always eats fast food for convenience. However, there is a difference between people who just love fast food and someone addicted to it. Fast food addiction can happen to many different people from various age groups. Like other addictions, dopamine, interpreted as pleasure for the brain, is often released when someone addicted to fast food starts eating it.
The issue with fast food addiction is that it often leads to a very unhealthy lifestyle which dramatically impacts a person’s health. Younger people addicted to fast food often have a more challenging time getting over their addiction than older people. Aside from that, younger fast-food addicts often have more long-lasting effects wherein their height, weight, and other organ systems have severe long-term issues, including a higher risk of diabetes, heart disease, and liver issues in the future.
Phone addiction is becoming a more significant issue these days, especially with the onset of more and more apps and uses of our cellphone. There is even a term for those with behavioral addiction for people who fear being without a mobile device termed nomophobia. Compared to older generations, younger people are more likely to develop nomophobia, especially if they started using smartphones at a young age.
3. Video Games
Video game addiction, also called internet gaming disorder, is the problematic and compulsive use of video games that often results in severe impairment in the brain. Most people addicted to video games often get irritable and lack self-control when they are not in front of their controllers. Moreover, these often lead to many serious physical health issues such as lack of sleep, insomnia, body pains, and much more.
4. Ice Cubes
No, I’m not talking about ice, the drug. I’m talking about actual ice cubes made of water that you get from your freezer. People who are often addicted to ice feel immense pleasure when chewing and crunching them. Addiction to something already is terrible since it affects behavior. However, chewing ice is also not ideal for teeth and physical health.
In fact, there is even a medical condition that happens when you compulsively eat ice called pagophagia. Craving ice is often indicative of a nutritional or an eating disorder. Examples of these are iron deficiency anemia and pica. Aside from that, chewing ice can also lead to tooth decay and enamel loss.
5. Popping Pimples
Squeezing blackheads and popping pimples is just a habit they cannot control for many people. Even if they know that popping their pimples can lead to scarring on their face, some people still do it because it is “satisfying.” Many videos online show people popping pimples or picking blackheads just for people who are addicted to that.
However, it can become a compulsion and a severe medical condition for some. Every time they pop a pimple, they release dopamine, the same neurotransmitter associated with addictive behaviors. Some more severe cases of repetitive and compulsive popping pimples are called excoriation or skin picking disorders.
6. Pulling Hair
People who pull their hair are often linked to people with anxiety issues. At first, it starts with just a few strands, but over time, people start pulling their hair to feel more calm and comfortable when something stressful happens. For other people, they don’t just pull their hair on their scalp but instead pull hair from their eyebrows or eyelashes.
For those more severe cases, some have trichotillomania, which is a hair-pulling disorder associated with impulse control. Even if they know that they can hurt themselves seriously, they have difficulty stopping themselves. Bare patches of skin or scalp often manifest this, wherein you can see the parts where the hair was pulled out.