Top 10 Biggest Addictions Society Accepts as Normal

There are a lot of things we as a society are addicted to. This list will talk about some of those things that people are addicted to that people normally don’t bat an eyelash. This list is based on how big of an addiction said item is as a whole across society
The Top Ten
1 Social Media

What's the first thing you do in the morning and last thing you do before bed? For most people it's checking social media. And we do so pretty much any time throughout the day when we're not doing anything else. It's become so addicting it influences our daily lives. All that time you spend just scrolling on Instagram, Twitter, or TikTok. Not to mention it's a breeding ground for toxic people, and political division, and fake news, and propaganda, and all of this nonsense. It can be used for good but it seems like it's just full of "keyboard warriors"; like, the amount of time we spend on social media documenting our lives daily is ridiculous.

2 Caffeine

Caffeine tops this list without a doubt in my opinion. It is perfectly normalized to drink coffee and tea to start the day and keep you going throughout work. From coffee machines in the office to drive thrus like Dunkin and Starbucks to caffeinated sodas being a staple in any restaurant, caffeine is strongly encouraged. You're practically expected to consume this stimulant in some fashion to fit into modern society. Unless you're drinking can after can of energy drinks, caffeine isn't frowned upon. And for people who regularly consume their caffeine, the sudden withdrawal of it is certainly noticeable.

Caffeine is probably the most widely accepted addition across America. Most adults "have" to drink their morning coffee just to function. It's bad enough when you get withdrawal symptoms from not having coffee in the morning. People wonder how you survive without coffee, but the caffeine addiction doesn't stop there. No, it's in energy drinks like Monster and Red Bull that people just slam those things down like no problem. Like, you realize how much sugar and caffeine those things have in them? Like, that cannot be good for you.

So commonly accepted as normal that people look at me strangely when I say I've only drunk coffee once in my life.

Some people can't live without it (I can't tell you how many people are addicted to coffee at my university).

3 Alcohol

It's no secret that Americans love beer or anything that has alcohol involved. If you're an adult and you say you don't drink, chances are you're going to get some weird looks like you're crazy for choosing not to drink. It's a scary addiction that can lead to a lot of bad things including death. This is an addiction that affects more people than just the addict themselves. It can affect everyone else around them. Scary part is, most people won't bat an eyelash if you drink say 4 beers in one night. It's one of those things that people won't recognize as a problem until someone else gets harmed by it or they get caught breaking the law. A lot of people drink for special occasions like holidays or watching a sporting event, yet if you choose not to you're the crazy one like it's mandatory to drink in these instances. Drinking alcohol is something that's ok AS LONG AS YOU MODERATE YOURSELF AND DRINK RESPONSIBLY. It's dangerous as well and can cause serious harm to yourself or others if ...more

I turn 21 this year and I have no intentions of drinking.

4 Smoking

People smoke all the time. I have friends who do it. I don't but I don't really care if others do. I remember there was a time a few years ago when Vapes were a big deal. And marijuana is becoming bigger and bigger as more states legalize it. It's something similar to alcohol. Doing it in moderation is okay, I suppose, although I don't personally understand it, but it can have serious consequences if you don't do it responsibly. But, overall most people won't bat an eyelash if someone is smoking unless they're in a designated area where they shouldn't smoke.

How dumb do you have to be, to be honest?

5 Gambling

This is one that's becoming increasingly more of an addiction with more US states legalizing sports gambling. Gambling itself has always been a dangerous addiction. People go to casinos and buy lottery tickets all the time in hopes of winning big. People go to the casinos to gamble and nobody questions it. Now that more and more states have considered legalizing sports betting, it opens the doors to a whole other world of possibilities. There's so much you can bet on in sports from outcomes to over/under parlays. I mean, it's easy to dive in and go crazy with bets. It can add an interesting element to watching sports like fantasy football does, but if you do gamble do so responsibly because you can also dig yourself into a hole in which you keep losing and you can potentially lose everything. There's obviously some risk to it which is part of it, but also can also really damage your life in more ways than one.

Imagine throwing away money like it's all the McDonald's bags they eat from.

6 Fast Food

Americans are addicted to fast food. We love our Big Macs alright. Why else is fast food prominently advertised everywhere you look? Now, yes, sometimes it's because you're on the go and need a quick bite to eat. That's understandable and we've all been there. However there's plenty of people who eat fast food on a regular basis and get a fountain drink with it which has a bunch of sugar and calories in it. Hate to say it, but it's not healthy to be drinking so much soda and eating fast food every day. Most Americans just make fast food a regular part of their diet. Obesity is an issue and fast food is certainly contributing to it. Just watch your diet and pay attention to how much you're consuming. You'll probably be surprised how much fast food makes up your diet.

7 Video Games

There's no denying that video games are incredibly popular, especially among teenagers and kids. There's nothing inherently wrong about video games. I mean they can be a healthy way to de-stress and relax, and there are certainly games that fit almost every genre so it's easy to find something that interests you. Some of the most well known video game characters are among the most popular characters of all time. What makes video games so addicting is that when you play your brain releases dopamine and you want that feeling over and over again. People who stay up really late to play video games on a regular basis have a problem. Yet if you tell someone you stayed up until 3 AM playing video games, for the most part, people don't really care. It's kind of a grey area between an addiction and spending time with friends because this is how a lot of kids spend time with friends nowadays. With online gaming, gone are the days where you had to physically go over to someone's house to play ...more

8 Shopping

Americans love shopping. Especially online shopping. Just go to any major retail store during the holiday season and you'll get exactly what I'm saying. People love buying stuff because it makes them feel good. It doesn't matter if people don't need said item they are purchasing, they will buy it anyway. This is especially true if that item is on sale. Everyone is so obsessed with looking cool and buying all the name brands, and wearing the top of the line products just to show off they're rich so they can maintain a high social status on social media. Like, we get it, you want to show off, but I promise you that most people don't really care about what brands you're wearing. It's okay to do a little shopping and treat yourself here and there, but if it's a common occurrence then it's a problem.

Someone close to me unfortunately suffers from this and let's just say that if they weren't buying a bunch of things they don't need, they'd have their own house by now instead of their credit cards all being full.

I am actually glad that I am able to walk around a shop and not buy anything afterwards

9 Pornography

This is an obvious one but at the same time it's easy to overlook and underestimate. I feel I shouldn't have to explain this one but it's one of those things you don't have to be an addict for it to be unhealthy. It can really play a number on people's minds (especially teenage guys), and it's an easy trap to fall into with how let's just say "flashy" some people are (mostly women) with their bodies. It's completely normal for a guy to be "attracted" to certain areas. It's a stereotype that "all men think about/want is sex", but with how some people show off their bodies it's not complicated to understand why some men are the way that they are. I mean if you're flashing your body in that way you're asking for people to look; and this applies for both genders. Even still, this is something that people need to beware of and limit exposure to it.

It is a dangerous addiction.

10 Streaming Services

Binging TV shows has become so commonplace. Nowadays, people talk all the time about the most popular shows. Like, remember the Squid Game's hype and popularity during its run? Also, it's apparently completely normal to binge watch an entire season in one sitting which is really like 10 to 12 hours just watching Netflix. And we as a society don't seem to have any issues with that. Nothing wrong with streaming services. They're great to have and make watching TV/movies more convenient, but also people have an insane obsession with watching shows or movies for hours on end.

I can't imagine binging a whole season of a show.

Binge watching After Work is very mich accepted, if Not expected to some degree

The Contenders
11 Vaping

Doing this puts metal in your lungs. That's metal, I kid you not, in. Your. Lungs.

12 Prostitution
13 Reality TV
14 Surfing the Internet
15 Sugar
16 Marijuana
17 Tattoos
18 Weight Obsession
19 Approval

I like being right.

20 Desserts
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