Something that tends to feel pleasurable during its initial times, but grows on to becoming detrimental to our overall well-being is Addiction. It enslaves our minds.
Public health experts say that around 1 in 10 persons is said to be experiencing some or the other form of addiction, and they often are the first ones to acknowledge it, mostly at a subconscious level.
"My mind started to work in an auto-pilot mode, always re-directing to watch porn. I could not understand if the lines were crossed, to what extent it was healthy. It started affecting my work, as I would crave for watching it after every few hours"
There are various forms of addiction, and it is not something that it limited only to drug consumption/abuse. Alcohol/Drugs, Food (binge eating), Shopping, Sexual Activity, and the Internet (Social Media) are things one can commonly experience an addiction towards.
A pair of researchers from the University of Hong Kong studied Internet Addiction, the results of which stated that about 6% of the world's population, which is a staggering 182 million people find it difficult to go offline, as reported by the Daily Mail, UK.
Another study conducted by the National Sleep Foundation claimed that 95% of individuals end up accessing the TV, playing video games, or using their mobile phones within an hour of going to sleep.
Addiction primarily deals with the 'kick' or 'high' one gets by engaging in any of the above mentioned forms of itself. The urge to re-experience this high becomes so much, that it impacts the individual's overall thinking, behavioral patterns, and lifestyle.
When a person experiences addiction, it begins to interfere with their day-to-day concerns and responsibilities, which is why striking a much needed balance, and knowing when to stop is crucial to one's emotional and physical health.
At times, talking about such bothersome situations can expose one to various ideas and ways to deal with their stressors, and help them draw the bar of limit to boost effective functioning and a happy state of mind.
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