Life is full of exciting things that can quickly turn into damaging addictions, especially in modern society. Every community has its stigmas, norms, standards, and acceptable conduct. These societal standards inform our list of top addictions in modern or contemporary society. Keep in mind that these addictions differ from country to country.
Moreover, we are also considering the elements that draw people into each addiction and will use the same information to suggest some proactive ways to surmount them. Furthermore, it is prudent to point out that studies have shown that it is hard for individuals to recognise they are addicted to something because such admission is a sign of weakness. It causes the person to deny that they cannot engage in certain behaviours or use certain substances.
Hence, we do recommend taking a few minutes after reading this article to assess yourself and determine if you can say you are in the “safe zone”, depending on how many of these things you do or use.
The “Safe Zone” is relatively the average amount of something (behaviour or substance) you can use without it causing you any harm. It is best to observe the adage “too much of something is harmful”. Without further ado, below are the common addictions that seem socially acceptable in modern society.
Coffee is a widely used commodity. It is the beverage of choice for many people when they need that “pick me up” at the start of their day. However, its general acceptability opens doors to overuse, which leads to addiction. Studies show that consuming too much coffee (high caffeine intake) causes arability, anxiety, restlessness, insomnia, and muscle tremors.
You can consider yourself addicted to coffee if you consume more than 5 cups (600 milligrams) a day.
2: Tobacco And Nicotine
Tobacco smoking is socially acceptable and still the leading contributor to health problems, yet users seem to increase despite the increasing awareness of the dangers of tobacco smoking. Annual statistics show that nearly 1.3 billion deaths are associated with tobacco smoking.
According to the WHO (World Health Organisation), smoking is the leading cause of lung cancers in men and women, at 90% and 70% respectively. It also is associated with 22# of cardiovascular diseases and 80% of respiratory health complications.
Nicotine is the primary tobacco substance that triggers addiction, and the tar and toxic gases generated when smoking causes health problems. Therefore, tobacco smoking does not have any safe zone. If you struggle with an addiction and it’s really affecting your life, I strongly recommend you look into some sort of addictions counselling, there will be services out there that can help you.
If alcohol were a modern invention, it probably would not be a legal product in contemporary society. Alcohol is acceptable in many cultures and is a trendy norm. However, alcohol can quickly become addictive or even deadly when overused.
Studies like more than 60 diseases and health complications like epilepsy and cancer to alcohol use. The beverage is also linked to motor vehicle accidents and murders.
While alcohol is permitted worldwide, its use and abuse are increasing. The safe zone for alcohol is roughly 14 units per week, which means you spread them out over seven days.
4: Sex addiction
Technology has evolved rapidly over the last few years, which has contributed significantly to an increase in sex addiction in modern society.
In most cases, sex addicts turn to it as means of escaping from reality, to fulfil their compulsions, or for anxiety relief. Sex and relationship addiction impact roughly 8% of modern men and 3% of women. Sex addiction often turns into a compulsive behaviour that they consider an expression of their love, but it is not.
Sex addiction can be linked o low self-esteem. The addicts develop an unhealthy dependency on hallow sexual encounters like pornography, prostitution, or one-night stands.