You know how you wake up in the middle of the night with a stray thought that you just can’t stop thinking about?
That was me, at 3am Monday morning about this topic.
Start with the accepted definition of addict:
1: to devote or surrender (oneself) to something habitually or obsessively
2: to cause addiction to a substance in (a person or animal)
I look at my son and his friends, and you almost never see them without their smart phones in hand, eyes on the screen, barely paying attention to the “reality” around them.
I look at my husband who does drink 2-3 beers a night to “unwind” or will drink a whole bottle of scotch over a weekend. When he can’t drink, when he’s on call for work as an example, he gets cranky, argumentative, knit-picks everything, and just grumpy as hell over all. So is he an addict? Probably.
I don’t turn a blind eye to myself. I play video games, binge-watch Netflix, buy a lot online on a whim(you’re welcome Amazon for funding at least one employees salary), etc. I don’t drink often, and I rarely even look at my cell phone.
When someone says they’re “addicted to food”, my first though it “well duh – everyone is. If you don’t eat, you die. That’s a necessity, not an addiction.” but looking deeper at that statement, when someone makes that comment, it’s usually about a specific food or group of foods.
Carbs are a biggie. I don’t know many people that only eat 2oz of pasta, or 1/3 cup of rice or 1 slice of bread, for examples.
Maybe because carbs are the easiest thing TO overeat, and they tend to cause cravings for more carbs, it could easily have an addictive quality.
I love watermelon. It’s only really good and in season about 2 months out of the year, and I indulge while it’s good.
I know me, I can quite literally eat watermelon until I’m sick. So, I guess, for me, that’s a food addiction of a sort.
With my son it’s tortilla chips and salsa.
For my husband, I’d say it’s pudding. If I buy more than just enough pudding cups for his lunches, he will eat anything over that number in a day.
I bought 4 x 4 pack because they were on sale, and he ate every single one – all 16 – over the weekend, then complained because he didn’t have any for lunch the next week.
I guess my point in all this is: it’s very easy to not see our own addictive tendencies. Sometimes it’s in our best interest to turn that mirror onto ourselves and evaluate what we may need to change and pay more attention to.