Daily Thought #5

Everyone is an addict to something. It doesn’t have to be to a bad thing, though usually the word “addicted” is associated with a negative connotation. It could be an addiction to eating spinach. In fact, the word addicted is defined as “physically and mentally dependent on a particular substance, and unable to stop taking it without incurring adverse effects.” (Oxford Dictionary) This might mean you are addicted to a TV show, giving up important activities like sleep and eating to binge watch it. We always hear the phrase “everything in moderation.”

So, it has got me thinking: is every addiction wrong. I will be the first to admit I am addicted to Korean dramas and to the world wide web. And yet, I have never smoked (anything), gotten drunk, taken drugs, etc. So one might say that I am not truly addicted to anything.

But take coffee, for example, as so many people are addicted to it. One of the indicators of an addiction is needing an increase of the thing in order to get the same high (eating more and more spinach each day, for example). So, I thought about it. Addictions are all bad. There cannot be a possible good addiction simply because all addictions force you to not moderate yourself.

What are your addictions? Is it something as harmless as TV or something as harmful as drugs?

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