The human nature is an intricate matter of study. It reacts in myriad ways to different situations, and all these reactions differ from person to person. Often at times, it is unable for the mind to control how it reacts to certain objects or events. If we like something, we use or consume it again. The frequency of reuse determines how healthy it can be. When this continuous reuse borders towards a zone that is potentially unsafe for the mind or body, it is often termed as an addiction. People today are more often than not, unable to control their addictions. While certain addictions are just considered as socially unacceptable and deplorable, some are fatal and can cause harm, even death. The following is a list of some of the worst addictions in today’s world:

10. Video games

Kids, adolescents, adults – people of all ages like to play video games. It’s an enjoyable pastime, brings happiness, and drives away stress. However, excessive video gaming can be harmful. In today’s world, there are multiple video gaming platforms, and video games have become generally expensive. A lot of people are consumed by their video gaming addictions, and spend hours and hours glued to their TV, desktop, or mobile screens gaming. This not only takes away their concentration and focus from other important things like studying or working, but can also harm their eyesight and brain’s functioning.

9. Social Media

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat – almost everyone these days has an account on at least one of these social media platforms. The social media craze has been growing since the early 2000s and doesn’t show any signs of receding. People spend more than half of their day in terms of cumulative minutes scrolling through social media or sending/receiving pictures to each other. Physical interactions have been replaced by video chats, and a person’s popularity is determined by the number of friends/followers he/she has on social media. The addiction has been known to significantly affect productivity and intellectual thinking, by preventing people from doing things that might really benefit them.

8. Shopping

There’s nothing inherently wrong or harmful in buying apparel or other products for yourself. However, with the multitude of shopping outlets in existence – both, physical and online, have turned the activity of shopping from an occasional one to a craze. Consumer culture has changed drastically and people are eager to buy the latest of everything. Even if it exceeds their spending budgets, people want to shop more and more, resorting to alternative forms of payment like EMIs and cashbacks. There’s a lot of wastage involved as well, as people keep buying new items and end up not using or discarding their old belongings before their life has expired.

7. Junk Food

Diabetes and obesity has become a global problem. Contributing to this pandemic disease is junk food. Tons of junk food is consumed by people of all ages around the world, and the numbers have only been increasing. While these foods taste really good, and can seem harmless even when consumed in small quantities, their harmful effects seep in gradually. They make people fatter, lazier, and unfit, leading to a possibility of catching a variety of diseases. Potato chips, friend foods, soft drinks – all contain unhealthy fats, making people averse to eating healthy foods and even ruining their appetites.

6. Pornography

Let’s face the facts – people do not easily admit to it, but many are addicted to watching pornography. The number of free pornography sites have grown manifold times and keep growing at an unstoppable pace. Lust and physical needs are feelings quite a few individuals find difficult to control, and hence watching pornography results in being the only release. While there are no dangerous effects of engaging in the activity of watching pornography, the addiction adversely affect one’s character. Many consider it morally wrong to do so, and it is also considered a taboo among certain cultures.

5. Caffeine

Caffeine is one of the most consumed drugs in the entire world. A significant constituent of coffee, energy drinks, and soft drinks, the substance is highly addictive. Caffeine is not a direct threat to one’s health; however, too much consumption can create cravings in the body, which if not satisfied, can lead to headaches and feelings of irritation. Office goers and students form the bulk of caffeine consumers, and they consume it on a regular basis, making them prone to addiction.

4. Work

The trials and tribulations of a nine-to-five job can be extremely taxing on the mind and body. Be it corporate jobs or those in any other fields, stress is not easy to avoid. Ever-increasing targets, piling up tasks, orders from the boss – all create mental pressure and tension. The need to meet targets and deadlines, and also the desire for a bonus drives people to work overtime. This increases the burden on them even more. Addiction to work is a serious problem in today’s world. As a matter of fact, people in Japan are known to die from heart attacks because of working too much and taking up excess stress.

3. Drugs

The war on drugs has been raging on for many years. Millions of people around the world are involved in drug abuse. The production and distribution of narcotics only keeps increasing and an increasing number of people, especially young individuals, find themselves caught in its web. Excessive usage of certain drugs like heroin and cocaine can not only create severe addictions, but also leave long-term side effects that can be damaging to a person. Thousands of people die annually from drug overdoses, highlighting how fatal and dangerous drug consumption can be.

2. Tobacco

It’s no myth that tobacco consumption is one of the most harmful activities a person can engage in. There are more than a billion people who consume tobacco via smoking cigarettes. In the short-term, the activity can create an addiction for nicotine, leading to people puffing their lungs away. Chest-aches and cough are also common among smokers. Long-term effects of tobacco addiction can take place in the form of life threatening diseases such as cancer, and increased possibilities of heart attacks. Even though the harmful effects of tobacco consumption are blatantly preached through all possible mediums, the tobacco addiction is hard to drive away.

1. Alcohol

One of the most damaging addictions of all, alcohol addiction can be extremely difficult to deal with. Alcohol is consumed all around the world. However, it is the quantity of consumption that is the matter of prime importance. Excessive consumption can create a craving in the body for alcohol that is frustrating to drive away. Most cases of domestic violence stem from alcohol addiction, and drunk driving persists to be a detrimental issue in today’s world. Moderation in terms of consuming alcohol is imperative. It can otherwise make an individual spiral down into a world of despair and exasperation.