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5 New Age Addictions

The 2010s are an entirely different age, as compared to previous decades. The advantages are plenty but so are the disadvantages. Along with advanced technology and newer methods of research, people have also developed new addictions which are unfortunately impacting their chances of leading healthy lifestyles. Here’s a look at some of these new age addictions, and what you can do about them.

1. Videogames

As surprising as this may sound, playing video games has become popular in the past couple years- so much that it has become an addiction. Video game addiction usually occurs amongst teenagers, but often among grown-ups too. It causes people to run away from social activities and worldly experiences to such an extent that they actually start performing poorly at school/work. A lot of people have also ruined their relationships over excessive video gaming.

Prevention: Fix a slot for yourself during the weekend if you really like video gaming. Try to develop a new hobby to balance your free time with.

2. Internet

Much like Gaming, Internet addiction happens mostly when people search for an escape from the physical world. However, the disadvantages of excessive internet usage are plenty. It could affect your eyesight and spinal health, hamper personal relationships and work life, as well as cause you to lose out on serious job opportunities. It can also cause anxiety and depression if not already present. People with an internet addiction often also show signs of poor hygiene or malnutrition, on account of not eating proper food and not bathing regularly, because they don’t want to part with their devices even for a short while.

Prevention: Use the internet (for leisure) only when all important chores are done. That helps you keep all priorities straight.

3. Selfies

Taking a 100 selfies a day definitely classifies as an addiction. But if you’re taking fewer than that, say even 60-70 a day, that’s not a healthy sign, either. The newer generations totally love to take selfies and even though it’s okay to love yourself and keep your self-esteem high, a lot of people don’t realise when they’ve crossed a line.

Prevention: If you know someone who takes too many selfies, advise them to worry less about how they look all the time and focus on what’s happening around them. If it’s serious, talk to them about it!

4. Shopping

In an age of online marketplaces, impulse shopping is a growing addiction. While you may think that people go shopping when they’re happy or when they have a particular reason to make a purchase, a lot of people indulge in “retail therapy” just because they’ve had an argument with someone or because they’re trying to bury some other unpleasant emotion.

Prevention: Try to figure out what triggered the urge to splurge. Look for other ways to solve your problems such as talking to a friend, trying a new hobby, meeting new people, etc.

5. Tattoos

Body art is definitely a great way to express yourself, but there is a certain segment of the population that loves getting inked multiple times. There are a couple of theories that try to explain the growing demand for tattoos in today’s world, and one of them is that the pain of getting tattooed causes a rush of adrenaline. Some people like to think of it in terms of an ordeal that they have overcome – and thus return for more. In a world where external appearance can be the difference between success and failure, too many tattoos all over the body leave a person open to harsh judgement which can cause feelings of isolation and anxiety.

Prevention: Getting a couple tattoos is absolutely normal, but if you notice someone frequently indulging in body art, talk to them about it. Sometimes people are just expressing themselves, but sometimes they need help and are just unsure of how to ask for it.

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