Following on from part one of our piece on the world’s most common addictions, here are some other lesser known dependencies that people all around the world are facing on a daily basis.
Gambling addiction is on the rise and this is partly down to how much more accessible it is thanks to the Internet and also because it’s a lot more socially acceptable these days. In the UK alone it’s estimated that seven billion pounds is spent on gambling every year and that more than 350,000 people are currently fighting an addiction to it.
Eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia have been well-documented for many years now but food addiction is something that is becoming increasingly commonplace due to the abundance of unhealthy food that is now available to us.
It is estimated that 50% of those who are obese, 30% of people who are underweight and 20% of those who are a healthy weight are addicted to a specific food, combination of foods or a volume of food of some sort.
Video Game Addiction
Parents and health experts have long recognised the addictive nature of video games and since this pastime has moved from arcades only into our homes, addiction is on the increase.
An American study revealed that amongst those who play video games, the average length of time they spend doing so is an incredible 20 hours per week. 9% of respondents showed signs of addiction and 4% were categorised as extreme users who played for more than 50 hours a week on average.
Internet addiction is a fairly new occurrence and therefore there are limited statistics about how many people are suffering from it. However, research from Stanford University has revealed that 12% of people often spend more time online than they should, 9% try to hide this from their bosses, friends or family and 6% admitted that their relationships have suffered as a result of it.
1 - 6% of the population suffers from a shopping addiction. What causes this addiction is that sufferers get an initial thrill from a purchase which quickly fades into guilt and depression which they try to treat with more shopping.
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