40% Of All People Suffer From CIU (Strangest Things You Can Be Addicted To)

40% Of All People Suffer From CIU (Strangest Things You Can Be Addicted To)

From the people who dig eating dirt to those
who just can’t quit shopping – just what is an addiction? Why is it we just can’t seem to stop doing
certain things? Well, one way of explaining this human phenomenon
is the persistent urge to repeat harmful behavior despite obvious negative consequences. Some addictions are perfectly common. These habits, such as smoking cigarettes,
drinking alcohol, or shooting heroin are what normally spring to mind when we think of addictive
habits. But there are some behaviors out there that
at first glance might not appear to be addictive in nature but have just the same addictive
hold over those practicing the habit as the alcoholic or the compulsive gambler. Not all addicts resemble the homeless junkie
begging for a coin on the street. Some are high flying executives or accomplished
athletes. Some are just simply playing games on the
Internet each and every day. In today’s episode of the Infographics Show
that’s what we will be looking at – the five strangest things you can be addicted
to. First up, let’s have a look into the science
of addiction. What exactly is considered an addiction and
how do we define it? According to the American Society of Addiction
Medicine, addiction is (we quote) a “chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory
and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic
biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations. This is reflected in an individual pathologically
pursuing reward and/or relief by substance use or other behaviors.” In other words, addiction is the inability
to stop doing what makes one feel good or stop doing that which relieves pain. Often the pain is caused by the removal of
the substance or the behavior that one is addicted to. Without treatment, addiction associated with
high-risk behavior or substances of a dangerous nature can lead to imprisonment, hospitalization,
or a premature death. A 2006 study by Stanford University discovered
that 6 percent of Americans are addicted to shopping. And of course all of us need to shop, perhaps
even on a daily basis, but there is a line drawn in the sand between the ordinary habitual
shopper and the compulsive shopper. The compulsive or obsessive shopper devotes
much of his or her life to the art of purchasing goods. He or she will hide purchases from his or
her spouse or family. Once that cash register swipes his or her
credit card and the item has been bought, a bolt of dopamine rewards the compulsive
shopper like a bolt of feel-good lightning. It is for this reason that compulsive shoppers
must return again and again to the shopping mall for that hit of retail bliss. If they are without the resources to shop,
feelings of depression, a loss of control, irritation, and anger develop – which are
telltale symptoms of addiction withdrawal. When you factor in the financial cost of continual
shopping, this is a real addiction that requires treatment. Cosmetic surgery is on the rise across the
world with millions choosing to enhance their physical appearance. For most folks choosing to commit to these
surgical procedures there is little real harm, but for an estimated 10 percent of people
who want cosmetic surgery things could get out of hand. BDD or Body Dysmorphic Disorder is often at
the beginning and the end of a decision to undergo cosmetic surgery for those with addictive
tendencies. This condition leads to the sufferer undergoing
multiple surgical procedures in the hope of achieving some kind of presupposed image of
physical perfection. Putting aside for one moment the obvious health
and financial costs of repeated surgical procedures there are underlying physiological issues
concerning self-worth and appreciation that would be better addressed before undergoing
the knife. This obsessive thinking about the image of
oneself is addictive and repetitive in nature. And obviously the vicious cycle of cosmetic
operations often leads to horrific physical results. BDD is thought, like most addictions, to be
caused by a combination of genetic predisposition (if a family member has BDD your chances of
having it increase), an imbalance of serotonin in the brain, and environmental factors including
magazines, television, and social media bombarding society with their image of supposed beauty. Kim Kardashian has a lot to answer for. Trichotillomania or Trich is the compulsive
pulling of one’s own hair and is said to affect as many as 11 million Americans. This impulse-control mind disorder can be
so extreme in some cases that it results in the Trich-sufferer having bald patches on
his or her head. Hair can be pulled from the head or the body
or wherever else hair is known to grow. Much like a caged parrot will pluck at its
own feathers, those persons who suffer from the condition often experience feelings of
anxiety and tension that are relieved momentarily as they pull at their own follicles. Of course, this, like all addictions, results
in a vicious circle of repeated behavior resulting in negative consequences. Impulse-control disorders are slightly different
from bona fide addictions, but both stem from feelings of loss of control and anxiety. People who suffer from these compulsive conditions
can be treated using a combination of CBT (Cognitive Behavior Therapy) and antidepressants
to get to the root of their hair-pulling obsession. Another strange addiction and compulsive condition
is known as pica and revolves around the phenomenon of eating nonfood items such as ice, wood,
and even feces. The craving for eating earthy stuff like dirt
and mud is known as geophagia. Doctors are a little stumped as to why this
addictive condition exists, but some have postulated that perhaps it could derive from
mineral deficiencies such as iron or zinc in the body. Pregnant women have displayed a particular
leaning towards an urge to consume strange nonfood items. So perhaps the unborn child requires the minerals? Some experts believe that this behavior may
be related to autism spectrum disorder. This addiction is thankfully quite easy to
treat in comparison with other addictive behaviors using a combination of therapy and environmental
education. But if it is also part of a wider addictive
condition such as anorexia or bulimia obviously the problems manifest and treatment becomes
much more difficult. Food addictive disorders are probably the
most difficult of all addictions to treat as the patient must eat food to survive but
has an aversion to nourish themselves. No Infographics Show episode focusing on addiction
would be complete without a mention of the Internet, gaming, and social media. This addiction is not so much strange but
quite possibly epidemic. Do you obsessively check Facebook for status
updates and likes? Do you play games on the Internet each and
every day? Does this Internet activity interfere with
your work, school, family, and social life? If so, then you may well be suffering from
CIU – Compulsive Internet Use, PIU – Problematic Internet Use. Or as some have wittily phrased it- iDisorder. This Internet addiction, while not being officially
recognized as a disorder by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders,
is still a troubling phenomenon in today’s society. The widespread visibility throughout the world
of citizens glued to their connective devices is omnipresent. From Europe to the Americas and across Asia
and Australasia, the majority of citizens are glued to their phones as they navigate
streets like zombies. Some reports have stated that up to 40% of
the world’s population is addicted to computers, cell phones, or tablet devices. And by addicted we mean they have trouble
not using them. They suffer from nervousness and anxiety,
and when they do use the Internet, they experience little jolts of dopamine when someone likes
or comments on their latest activity. Researchers collectively consider Internet
addiction a true concept. But is it any more of an addiction than other
media resources in the past such as books, television, and crossword puzzles? This we will leave
you to decide. So what’s the strangest thing that you have
been addicted to? How does it stack up with our list of strange
and not so strange addictions? Let us know in the comment section. Also, be sure to watch our other video called
– Top Ten Internet Hackers. Thanks for watching, and as always, don’t
forget to like, share and subscribe, and see you all again next time.

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100 thoughts on “40% Of All People Suffer From CIU (Strangest Things You Can Be Addicted To)

  1. I'm addicted to water. I compulsivly consume it. When I dont my mouth gets dry and I get light headed. I have to constantly take breaks from smoking weed and eating salty snacks to handle this issue.

  2. Ah yes, psychiatrists inventing more "mental disorders" in order to push more medication to fill the pockets of Big Pharma and keep the people docile.

  3. im addicted to breating and living i need to be stopped 😂😂😂😂
    ooooo and food because food is life 😂😂😂😂

  4. Surprised this is one of the least viewed videos on this channel.. It applies to a great variety of people and vast majority of the North American population

  5. I’m sorry but I think I’m addicted to water. I always want more. It makes me feel good. Who wouldn’t want to feel that way all the time. After running I can’t stop myself. I’ve been hiding this from my parents and I don’t know what to do.

  6. I have a serious addiction to reading books. If I'm at a bus stop or walking around, if I'm not currently doing something like work or involved somehow, I must be reading. It started innocent enough, before I knew it, I was sneaking out to the library when I should have been doing homework. 😂 it's only gotten worse over the years, I can't go anywhere without a book, and now with epub I just fill my phone with new books every week. And no, I'll never quit! 😅

  7. Bipolar let you buy things without any consideration to anything / anyone.

    Not addiction, bipolar does it automatically

  8. "non-food items such as ice"? Ice is made of water and it is a tactic used to slow down excessive consumption of alcohol…. a can of worms just opened now…

  9. Sorry mate, but unless your "withdrawals" involve physiological dependance, pain and loss of control of various bodily functions, then you're not really describing withdrawals. Perhaps it's more accurate to call it "discomfort" or "unease"…
    Hijacking the word "withdrawals" is a shameful act, which marginalises the suffering that those of us in Her Majesty's Junkie Service have gone and will continue to go through.
    Orange day, sir!

  10. the last one literally affects the younger generation
    i went to a restaurant a few weeks ago, and literally all the kids below the age of 9 had a device in their hands

  11. Can you be addicted to dancing? I legit start to feel more easily annoyed, stressed out and tired when I do not dance for more than a week. I always thought that that is because I use dance as a stress reliever and it makes my sensory overloads (I'm autistic and I have ADHD) go away, but this video makes me wonder

  12. I have an on and off eating disorder for about 15 years old, BDD since I was around 6 or 7 years old, and I've had TRICH since I was around 8 or 9 years old I think. I'm 20 plus a few other mental illnesses. TRICH is the most obvious cause I'm constantly touching my hair. I'll sometimes sit down and pluck nonstop for 2 hrs straight and try my best to pick it up from the floor. I must vacuum once a week or else if you walk around my bedroom barefoot, you'll have a full wig stuck under your foot.

  13. Everyone is addicted to something, That is how the mind motivates you to eat other living things and to grind your privates against each other to make a child (yes talking about sex) which if you think about it are both pretty weird acts to do. But now that you know about the mechanics of addiction you can better handle and steer towards things that are of benefit to you. I have become addicted to making money and putting a smile on everyone's face I meet, Just find something that will benefit and not impede do it in moderation and you will achieve a balanced life. Super VID By BY!

  14. Life is so shitty, we need mild addictions to motivate ourselves put in some work and always having something to look forward is a big part of life. I can't imagine life without all these things we love, it would be so plain and boring, I would probably just shoot myself in the head. I'm not saying go ahead and bake some heroin, but do have some sort of thing that makes life so worth it. Now if u excuse me I'm gonna go get wasted after today's shift.✌🤘

  15. When I was in prison I was addicted to oreos .
    I worked out 3 times a day so I didn't get fat , but I would go through a pack every 3 days.

  16. 0:18 Addiction is an urge, that temps you. You have control, but your mind wants more of something so you cannot endure listening to it.

  17. If someone has BDD, you won't have it as you wouldn't agree about what they say or do. Media as some form of influence to dumb people as Photoshop can be complex and make the ugliest person look like the most attractive one.

  18. I feel like you should always mention dermatilomania along with trichotilomania because I had not idea my obsessive pimple popping was an actual mental disorder until I heard the two terms used together. Normally it's skin picking but for me I use tweezers to go after every tiny tiny bump on my arms to the point where my arms are literally turning white with scars and are covered in scabs. I'm finally starting to deal with it and thankfully I no longer do my face

  19. I have pica and my mother had pica aswell but she kicked the addiction really easily. It is a bitch to deal with but I could have been delt with an even worse addiction.

  20. Dermatilomania is basically the same as the hair pulling condition but it involves picking holes in someone's own skin. I don't know why nobody mentions it, as it is arguably more dangerous and stigmatized than the hair pulling addiction due to leaving open wounds on the sufferer that can get infected.

    I wouldn't call either of these disorders an addiction though. I have issues with skin picking myself. It's more of a compulsion. These disorders are related to OCD for this reason.

    Compulsions are like addictions except they're often a result of someone reacting to unwanted and unconscious thoughts/anxieties, which are the real root of the problem.

  21. CIU – Compulsive Internet Use (Social Media, Games, Videos etc.)
    You‘re welcome.

    Ps: Put your 9 minutes of life in good use, ok? <3

  22. I got ISA (Infographics Show Addiction) hopefully WIX (Worryingly Intense eXtermination [of brain cells] ) will help me

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