Are These Fifteen Behaviors Addictions or Compulsions? - Page 5

By Chris Bisogni 04/08/14

The word "addiction" gets thrown around a lot these days—anything from sex to eating dirt—but what's the difference between an actual addiction and a compulsive behavior?

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Tanning

Ultraviolet (UV) light can speed up endorphins, that could well affect and feed a tanning addiction. However tanning can also be simply about appearance. The value of a tan depends on where you are from. For example, in western cultures, a tan often indicates you have been on vacation and is usually viewed as something positive, whereas in Asia it is seen as a sign of being a member of the working class (working outdoors in the fields) and has negative implications. Verdict: Compulsive behavior

Social media/Internet

If you cut off a nicotine addict's access to cigarettes, the short-term result would be a significant chemical imbalance inside their body, resulting in any number of symptoms and reactions. If the world wide web suddenly stopped working, there would be a lot of frustration and anger and IT departments the world over would collapse from the weight of demand. But it is simply not an addiction. Verdict: Compulsive behavior

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Chris Bisogni has over 20 years experience working in editorial and reporting roles for radio, television, newswires, magazines, newspapers and online channels in Australia, the USA and Asia.Follow Chris onTwitter and Linkedin.

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