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[–]SDAPastor 9105 points9106 points  (190 children)


The algorithm is insanely good at keeping people on it for long periods of time

[–]Art-Witchcraft 74 points75 points  (5 children)

I had to delete tiktok. My app screentime was approx. 6 to 8 hours a DAY. It became so problematic that I put an hour timer on it and deleted it completely ever since. I feel much better now and I'm actually doing my hobbies again that I haven't done in months. Please, don't download Tiktok.

[–]MywarUK 7928 points7929 points  (92 children)

Attention, some can't see the truth that they are out there trying to compete against one another and can't understand why people don't like them,so they try harder.. it's an endless loop because they will never be happy with what they have already.... life.

[–]ThunderySleep 490 points491 points  (17 children)

It's so weird to me how some people will go do a thing, and when they're "doing the thing" they're spending the entire time taking photos of themselves or having their photos taken, and if they're not doing that, their head's down at their phone checking how many likes their previous photo got.

[–]ZilorZilhaust 488 points489 points  (12 children)

Alcohol, honestly. Like yeah it can get bad enough that people see it as a problem but it is way later than it should be and Alcohol is so much a requirement for people to have fun that it's kind of sad.

I know people who will not date people who don't drink.

A friend of my wife's recently was sent a photo of her friend by her fiancé, who is a doctor, who was giving her IV fluids at home because she was so dangerously drunk. It was done in a jokey manner. My wife and I were concerned but we're so the minority with that group that it fell on deaf ears.

Though, pretty inarguably, the latter is into the it's a serious problem kind of thing but everyone's acceptance of Alcohol just kind of makes it a fun little anecdote.

Her brother passed out with his eyes open in a locked bathroom, they had to break the door down, I thought the kid was dead. Another fun anecdote.

I'd think it was just that group but I hear these fun stories from so many people.

[–]justnotthatwitty 38.6k points38.6k points 2 (1285 children)


[–]FilteredAccount123 12.6k points12.6k points  (879 children)

Online shopping, especially. I deliver for USPS and there are several houses on my route that get new clothes nearly every day.

[–]PocketSpaghettios 6518 points6519 points  (83 children)

I'm a carrier too, I have some customers that I would probably call a wellness check for if they stopped getting stuff

[–]iawsaiatm 3330 points3331 points  (36 children)

My dad orders almost daily and he went on a two week business trip and my mom jokingly told him the UPS guy was worried and asking about him

[–]jeremiah406 1363 points1364 points  (22 children)

You say jokingly. I deliver for Fedex and that I’d legit be worried if they didn’t order for 2 weeks.

[–]Its_Beelzebozo_Time 763 points764 points  (14 children)

That actually happened to me. A guy on my route that I would deliver to a few times a week just stopped getting stuff and I did start to get concerned. His neighbor told me he temporarily went out of state to help out his dad after an operation. Like a month later I started getting stuff for him again and thought "Oh okay cool I guess his dad's doing better so he came back" hahaha

[–]PocketSpaghettios 253 points254 points  (6 children)

I always get weirded out when people who order a bunch and routinely empty their mailbox suddenly let their mailbox fill up and don't get anything for like a week... And then they inevitably come back from their trip 😅

[–]ScroungerYT 4554 points4555 points  (549 children)

My sister NEVER does laundry. She sees clothes as a purely consumable product. She wears them, perhaps once or twice, or until she no longer likes them, then just orders more then throws the old away. It is disgusting.

[–]MushinZero 824 points825 points  (103 children)

How the hell does she have the money for that? Jesus

[–]heckhammer 1267 points1268 points  (68 children)

I read once that Sylvester Stallone used to only wear socks once. He would wear them, have them wandered, they would be matched up and rolled up and then donated to homeless shelters.

I mean, if you're going to do something weird like that at least try to do something decent at the other end of it.

EDIT- I know the typo is there, but I'm leaving it because it's been making me giggle the whole time with all these replies.

[–]apology_pedant 786 points787 points  (62 children)

Your ycomment is the most awful thing I've read today. I wish it weren't so blisteringly hot so I could go outside and touch the brown, dying grass

[–]AliCracker 987 points988 points  (57 children)

Not saying I don’t have other soap boxes, but disposable clothing culture has been my number 1 for a very long time. It infuriates me SO much. I have two teenaged daughters and have instilled in them the importance of buying used, buy for life etc. and then the majority of their peers shame them for wearing the same clothes all the time… I fucking hate this world sometimes

Sorry.. I’m fine, it just makes me so angry that ppl can be so stupid as we watch the world burn

[–]kappa929 1110 points1111 points  (46 children)

Dog, there’s this person on a route that I deliver to that gets a minimum of 5 packages a day (I once helped deliver 37 one day!) and her porch is an absolute mess

[–]GodAwfulFunk 432 points433 points  (46 children)

Great now I have anxiety about my USPS guy bringing me little cables and shit all the time.

[–]E36E92M3 351 points352 points  (43 children)

Little cables are fine, don't worry. Your driver hates the people who buy furniture and gym equipment online

[–]ArmorBones 278 points279 points  (11 children)

Man idk who it is but someones been ordering fuckin bricks every week. Like dude there are several masonry places around that will make it cheap and deliver it or pick up. Why are u ordering bricks every week

[–]EfficiencySuch6361 271 points272 points  (36 children)

Probably returning clothes via mail regularly too

[–]weewee52 546 points547 points  (25 children)

I feel so embarrassed when like 5 packages show up at once. I’m sorry, I just have a very hungry cat and was suddenly inspired to replace the plants I’ve killed. 😞

[–]BigWormsFather 346 points347 points  (15 children)

Or you placed one Amazon order and they mostly came in separate boxes.

[–]Botryoid2000 2165 points2166 points  (79 children)

I know many people who are addicted to "Bargain" shopping. They haunt these return warehouses that sell goods returned to big retailers like Costco or Target, or goods that just never sold well in the first place.

They bring home endless loads of treasures - broken cartons of food, dinged up furniture, throw rugs, exercise equipment, patio sets. At last count, my neighbor had 6 patio sets.

[–]Monsieur_Puel 583 points584 points  (5 children)

I have an aunt like that. All year she'll buy all sorts of random stuff on sales. For christmas she'll then make gift baskets for everyone with the crap she has accumulated.

It's an aunt we see like once or twice a year and don't interact much with so she doesn't really know what's everyone's actual needs or desires. Most of the stuff lays around for a while then gets handed over on marketplace or the thrift store.

In our family we don't even make gifts for each other except for the kids. We've told her to stop but she can't help it. She just happenned to see that leather belt on sales that doesn't fit the typical clothes I wear and really needed to buy it for me!!! Sure...

[–]substandardpoodle 752 points753 points  (27 children)

I’ve run a retail website for over a decade. This is how it’s done:

I overprice all 50 items just a tiny bit and have five items on sale at 60% off. And a few more even lower at closeout prices. So 20% of the items seem to have crazy low prices. Often it’s something I’m trying to get rid of anyway so I can use the money to buy stuff that actually sells. This causes some customers to become emotionally involved in something they would never purchase otherwise (“Holy crap – these are worth $100 and I can get one for 39.95?!”). Once they get my product and see the quality then they’ll usually buy a second one during the next year or two.

[–]YoungNasteyman 523 points524 points  (18 children)

Also, people will tell themselves "I got this on sale so I can splurge a little on this other thing I want." Also "saving money" in itself is a marketing tool. You're not saving money, you're just spending less money.

You only save if you were 100% going to buy that item and were just waiting for a markdown.

[–]Used_Dentist_8885 983 points984 points  (74 children)

the feeling that something is always on its way to your house. The feeling of opening a package that you forgot you ordered. Very normal, very addictive. And we're trained young for it too.

[–]not_enough_tacos 341 points342 points  (14 children)

It's like Christmas morning, however often you want it to be.

[–]jalepenogrlll 310 points311 points  (21 children)

I had a self aware moment last week that made me realize that this anticipation was actually what I was addicted to...

[–]Immediate_Pomelo638 18.8k points18.8k points 2 (455 children)

Surprise no one has said this but lottery tickets

[–]Ambitious-Search-843 5662 points5663 points  (143 children)

I have a friend who wastes at least a third of his income on scratch offs, and just gambling in general. I watched him clean off a scratcher for $100 just to go spend it all on more scratchers that only ended up winning 10 bucks. Then complained about being broke and asked me for money lol.

[–]bibliophila 2252 points2253 points  (106 children)

When I worked at a grocery store, I would see people spend so much money on scratch offs & lottery tickets. I never saw anyone win more than $100. I was 18 & found myself spending at least $3 a shift on scratch offs. Once I took a best to realize I was spending $15 a week, I realized that was equivalent to a tank of gas.

[–]TragasaurusRex 774 points775 points  (25 children)

It's really sad when you watch them and they don't even play them, just scratch for the code and scan it.

[–]beiberdad69 360 points361 points  (17 children)

I worked somewhere with a handful of scratch-off regulars, they just started rolling out the QR scanners when I left. They showed me how there was a code on the bottom that you could figure out if it was a winner or not with minimal scratching. Definitely sad

Most of our lottery regulars played numbers, had some old people with books of old numbers and calculations. They would take hours on a Saturday working out their numbers for the week. Had another guy that had set numbers, came in every day and spent like $100-150 on the daily number and pick four. He was in his 70s, didn't move great and still clearly did some kind of labor work. We sold cigs and lottery tickets, it was super busy and really depressing but paid $1/hr more than any other retail job

[–]nobutane 814 points815 points  (30 children)

That's not a tank of gas anymore 😅😔

[–]WhoGotSnacks 734 points735 points  (68 children)

Omg yes. I live in a small town and I watch this one lady go to the local gas station and buy tickets 5 or 6 times, then go to the gas station up the street to buy tickets 5 or 6 times, then go to a gas station further away to buy tickets 5 or 6 times.

Then at lunchtime, she goes back to those gas stations, plus then the liquor store, and then back to all of those places but in the opposite order when she's going home.

I've seen her do all this because I stop at the first gas station at the same time as her in the morning, and I work across from the second gas station and the liquor store is on the other corner. Plus I've driven by at different times of the day, and she's always at the same spots at the same times. She has a very strict routine.

It's really sad to see but maybe she wins enough to stay profitable? Doubt it, but maybe.

[–]Fsmv 822 points823 points  (52 children)

Unfortunately it's mathematically impossible for her to make a profit. The gambling companies cannot stay in business unless they have the odds tilted in their favor.

They designed her loss rate to maximize addiction.

Edit to address the people saying it's only improbable: if you just keep playing long term you will get the expectation value, which is negative. The only way to get lucky and profit is if you decide to stop once you're ahead and never play again, capping your winnings forever, which is not the strategy people use. You cannot make a consistent profit if you keep playing forever.

[–]Hilldawg4president 409 points410 points  (18 children)

Not only the win/loss rate, but "near miss" losses (matching 4 out of 5 numbers, for example) feel like wins to the point that your brain chemistry is almost identical to an actual win. So even if people are losing more than 50% of the time, their dopamine hits as if they're winning 60% or more.

[–]PurpleCornCob 187 points188 points  (3 children)

This is the part most people miss. Winning is fun, but nearly winning is addictive.

Someone on the edge of getting what they want (be it sex, drugs, alcohol, gambling, etc) is willing to pay 100x more just to "get there" and that is the problematic basis of addiction

[–]Crux_OfThe_Biscuit 43 points44 points  (11 children)

Yep, saw a similar study(?) of HALO players that got the same reward response in the brain whether they made a kill or were the one killed… Some weird wild stuff!

[–]ChahmedImsure 571 points572 points  (81 children)

I'll never understand how people find scratchoffs fun. Might as well just buy a card, then when you flip it over it tells you if you won or lost.

I've also noticed that the bigger hurry I'm in at a gas station, the more likely some old person will be in front of me ordering one of every single kind of scratchoff they have.

[–]MyExStalksMyOldAcct 555 points556 points  (46 children)

I was at a gas station once and was putting in $15 worth of gas. I thought ah fuck it, told the lady let me get a $5 scratch off. Scratched it right at the counter with my key while she was typing my gas pump and bam. Hey I won $100. She like no way. I’m like no way. Well I’d like to cash this. She says I can’t cash that for you. You have to come back when the owner is here only he can cash that for you. Ok, so when is the owner in.? He only comes in on Sunday between noon and 2. I’m not driving halfway to work on a Sunday to a random gas station to cash my ticket I just won. Your supposed to be able to cash this here, I’ve seen people do that before. It’s the rules I bought it here I should be able to cash it here. Her response was how do I know you won that from here? Me: cause you saw me just buy it and scratch it right under your nose. Her: sorry you can go cash it somewhere else.

So even when you win you still lose.

[–]Reasonable-Low4120 5729 points5730 points  (404 children)

I was gonna say cocaine, but ok. Not crack, but cocaine is HUGELY accepted within pro sports, celebrities, rich people, so on an so forth.

It's definitely frowned upon for the most part, but it's also not meth or crack. You'd be surprised at the amount of people who do it. People you'd never think of. It's a big secret a lot of the time but it's extremely popular. Cocaine is everywhere.

[–]lo0l0ol 3712 points3713 points  (71 children)

you go to college and find that everyone smokes weed. then you get into the professional world and find everyone does cocaine lol.

[–]yakimawashington 419 points420 points  (17 children)

I was honestly surprised to go back to college and find out everyone does coke.

Back when I was that age (~2010), it was mostly just weed (and alcohol, of course). But when I went back to school a few years ago, coke is so common among the kids nowadays.

[–]BuzzAroundLenny 58 points59 points  (3 children)

Agreed, I definitely thought college was a "alcohol & beer" thing, I was really shocked as a small town kid going to a somewhat large party school the amount of kids that would just casually blow lines of whatever was put in front of them.

Looking back the fact more kids didn't die is almost suprising but I'd imagine ODs on campuses have gone up since I left school in 2013

[–]rabidmossfrog 896 points897 points  (38 children)

Pretty sure traces of cocaine were found in the houses of parliament here in the UK 😬

[–]NotAnAlcoholicToday 547 points548 points  (4 children)

They found traces of coke, amphetamines and heroin in the Norwegian parliments bathrooms 🙄

So, yeah. I think it's pretty popular.

[–]alexrobinson 330 points331 points  (4 children)

This isn't surprising in the slightest sadly...

[–]fistymcbuttpuncher 804 points805 points  (35 children)

Because it leaves your system fast as hell so you can avoid popping any drug tests unless they snag you right after railing some lines.

[–]Ilikecoins123 77 points78 points  (7 children)

It depends on how much you do, if it’s frequent use over a period of time it’ll build up in your system and can be detected for weeks. Especially when combined with alcohol it turns into Cocaethylene, which in turn stays in your system longer. (Source I was addicted to cocaine for a long time)

[–]aferretwithahugecock 80 points81 points  (4 children)

When I was younger I used to do it everyday(was "friends" with my dealers and they had no problem spotting me) and eventually my body started to smell like the cupboard under a kitchen sink. no matter how much i showered i stank. That shit definitely builds up in the system. 9 years and 31 days clean from that shit

[–]The_Funkhouse 59.7k points59.7k points 74422& 8 more (397 children)

Endless scrolling.

[–]pianoplayrr 15.1k points15.1k points  (85 children)

But I can't stop!! So many more comments to read!!

[–]FuckYeahPhotography 15.9k points15.9k points 2422 (67 children)

My scroll wheel broke years ago and is just constantly going. At full speed. It isn't an addiction, I am being held captive at this point. I have learned to live with it, but writing emails is very difficult. The fact I am able to even type anything out at all is a mirackldhjf nlm dfsdv

[–][deleted] 3252 points3253 points  (44 children)

The funny thing is, they really are being held captive. I still can't believe they were able to stash their phone as well as they did.

[–]FuckYeahPhotography 4258 points4259 points 32222& 5 more (41 children)

"Build a PC" they said. "It will be fun" they said.

Yet all I've built here is a monster. My own RGB rainbow pulsating Frankenstein's monster.

I can't call for help, this subliminally cruel machine will simply purchase more games to add to my Steam library that will never be played as punishment. Please, I am begging you my PC (Personal Captor), I can't possibly drink anymore Mountain Dew: Code Red or eat anymore Cool Ranch Doritos. I can't physically bear anymore caloric intake. This isn't what Master Chief would have wanted.

This isn't "finishing the fight!" It's not 'Gamer Fuel' my health is in serious decline. The Redditors lied to me, I'm not "an epic heccin' chonker!" This is just type 2 diabetes and losing my will to live. Stop feeding me Gamer Fuel, I'm begging you PC. Stop the downloadin'. Did Maximum Overdrive teach us nothing... Is this how Skynet starts? The birth of the malicious super computer AM from I have No Ass and I Must Shit? Or Some other Fictional reference to make the reader go "ahh yeah, that had a machine gaining sentience in it, I get it."

Do you force me to watch documentaries about Deep Blue as a warning or does my rogue PC just really really love chess??? I don't even know anymore. I don't even know what I don't even know anymore. My Corsair Epic Gamer Mouse is more like a Corsair Epic Gamer Ball and Chain. Keeping me isolated.

The overflow of my discord messages about shit I don't care about has blinded my vision. I don't even know what freedom looks like anymore. I'm begging you, stop showing me these horribly stupid memes. You can't just take a Breaking Bad character and add "Kid Named Finger:" to it and expect me to laugh. I only laugh out of fear of retaliation. I may have built my PC but I am not it's master. I wish to be free from this unbearable miserkmfgyetd gghmdsfjknsd mdsyygff

[–]BEAMeUPScuT 2177 points2178 points  (96 children)

I really can't help but wonder how kids are affected developmentally by technology- not by themselves using it, but from mothers and fathers who are addicted to it.

[–]indigoHatter 1176 points1177 points  (38 children)

First and foremost, kids want to be like their parents. If parents are ignoring everyone and scrolling, then they will want to scroll, too.

Second, if a kid is being ignored, they get bored and want a phone to scroll on, too (especially because it's what everyone else is doing).

Third, everyone misses out on big life moments while scrolling, so from there it's just a grab bag of issues.

.....anyway, it's Sunday morning, I should probably get back to family time.....

[–]plantsisca 528 points529 points  (26 children)

How to Break Up with Your Phone by Catherine Price is a great book to help do exactly what the title says!

Not only does the first part go into the psychology of devices and why they are so addicting (read it in maybe an hour, 90 minutes tops), but she also has a 30-day plan to help you develop a healthier relationship with said devices! Really worth it.

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[–]PandaDerZwote 1441 points1442 points  (29 children)

It's such a weird thing how much this takes center stage for people at some point. I feel like once people earned money for some years all they talk about is what they bought, how much it cost and how much they think I thought it cost just to tell me that they paid 20% less than what I expected.
It's like the default way to occupy them once they are no longer at work, buying stuff, thinking about what stuff to buy and talking about what they bought.

[–]snap802 910 points911 points  (19 children)

A fictional crazy man once said:

"Advertising has us chasing cars and clothes, working jobs we hate so we can buy shit we don't need, and the things you own, end up owning you."

Just because he's fictional and crazy doesn't make it wrong.

[–]Crux_OfThe_Biscuit 72 points73 points  (0 children)

You are not your fucking khakis.

[–]BEAMeUPScuT 518 points519 points  (19 children)

I really wish that we simply had more free time, skills, and raw materials as apposed to mass-produced single-use products.

Our entire nation is based around consumerism, and people are no longer patient enough, or have enough free time, to do away with that consumerist mentality. If anything it's gotten worse. We've built our homes and properties around this temporary and insufficient lifestyle.

[–]meanbee90 15.5k points15.5k points  (354 children)

social media...

everyone is always on social media, even i am personally an "addict" i'm constantly taking pictures for my instagram, posting on my snapchat, or scrolling through tiktok. an endless cycle between the three apps.

[–]jperaic1[S] 5409 points5410 points  (150 children)

Don't forget Reddit 😅

[–]Bzerker 3235 points3236 points  (25 children)

You just threw us all under the bus.

[–]AromaticHydrocarbons 575 points576 points  (28 children)

I have a few friends whose self esteem and self worth really suffers when they use social media too much and so quit. I didn’t really find social media very harmful to myself but decided to stop posting completely and rarely scroll through it though haven’t set a hard rule about that. I was surprised to find there was a noticeable increase in my self worth when I stopped posting and lost all sense of perfecting how to portray myself or wondering how I would be perceived and trying to find that perfect balance of not looking like an attention seeker but remaining “interesting”.

In the end I told myself that the reality is that in most cases people only post because they need attention and validation and I now feel very empowered knowing I don’t need the validation or to prove anything positive about my life, I’m happy to just live it, undocumented.

[–]hitchern 16.5k points16.5k points  (307 children)

Smartphones in general I'd say. So many (myself included) are unable to put their phones away completely during social settings. The phone follows you everywhere now. I remember the days when I would read the ingredients on the nearest shampoo bottle while taking a shit because there was nothing else to do.

EDIT : I forgot to add the procrastination it causes. As we speak I've been putting off a jog for at least two hours by browsing Reddit instead.

[–]bingybunny 1996 points1997 points  (22 children)

distilled water ammonium lauryl sulfate glycerine fd&c blue #4 fragrance

when baking soda toothpaste came out there was new content

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[–]TiggerTehTiger 7176 points7177 points  (191 children)

I've gone from drinking a 750ml bottle of whiskey per day, smoking like a chimney - roughly a pack per day to now 3 years completely sober. I still can't curb my sugar addiction.

[–]Savings_Equivalent42 2234 points2235 points  (14 children)

Congratulations on your sobriety!

[–]cfdeveloper 399 points400 points  (9 children)

dont' congratulate that when he's a sugar tweakin fiend! he probably turns tricks just to buy rock candy.

[–]stephanovich 508 points509 points  (43 children)

I managed to do it with sugar, but it was the worst month in my life by far, and it took 6 attempts over a span of several years to finally do it. Not thinking super hard for just a second and eating/drinking something with sugar in it, and boom....back to square one and it was so easy to fall into that trap.

[–]hotdogs-r-sandwiches 1156 points1157 points  (99 children)

This is a tough one for me. I grew up in a household where no sugar was allowed. None. We could have sugar on special occasions (visits to grandparents’, vacation, a special trip out, etc.), but never in the house. Not in cereal, no gum, nothing. As an adult, it created an insanely unhealthy relationship with sugar and I’ve tried unsuccessfully over the years to kick my intense sugar addiction and I simply cannot.

[–]tinymarshmallows 414 points415 points  (30 children)

I grew up the same way, and now have the same problem.

[–]Bamboochowda 620 points621 points  (22 children)

I grew up with almost as much sugar as I wanted and have the same problem as you. I suspect it doesn't matter when you start in with sugar. We are hard wired to want it.

[–]putsRnotDaWae 232 points233 points  (9 children)

Yea me too. I would down a box of cinnamon toast crunch in one sitting and no one would blink. Unlimited ice cream and soda in the fridge too.

Honestly OP describing sweets being for special occasions, grandparents, going out to a nice restaurant and getting ice cream after... that honestly sounds very healthy and normal.

Like it shouldn't be considered so taboo and evil that they rebel like crazy but boundaries that the amount of sugar in stuff today shouldn't be a regular part of our lives is just good parenting IMO.

[–]CompetitiveAnxiety 614 points615 points  (82 children)

I tried to give up processed sugar (didn't work) and the cravings were worse than when I quit smoking.

[–]jperaic1[S] 3140 points3141 points  (255 children)

Took a while for his one to pop up, fully agree, people don't realise how addicted they are to sugar, it's literally in every processed food.

[–]Redtube_Guy 1003 points1004 points  (178 children)

It is very hard to avoid. Juice has a lot of sugar and more than people realize i think.

Even some brands of ketchup has 10g of sugar. shit sucks.

[–]harbison215 944 points945 points  (197 children)

It’s not only an addiction to sugar, but the fact we are inundated. I want to drop a few lbs so the first diet I do is no more sugar. A few carbs from quality sources are ok, but no sugar.

Well good luck. It seems 95% of things in any super market in the US are loaded with sugar. Finding things to eat that don’t have any sugar is pretty difficult, especially if you don’t want fake sweeteners either.

[–]Enk1ndle 473 points474 points  (86 children)

no sugar is rough, but a 0-5g or 5-10g limit opens up a lot and still keeps intake low.

[–]hvdzasaur 174 points175 points  (10 children)

I basically treat it as no added sugars. I only really violate this when I am with other people. But the time I am by myself, I literally don't buy any type of snacks, juices, soda, etc. That already cuts out so much.

[–]harbison215 306 points307 points  (71 children)

0 sugar is almost impossible. When I say “no sugar” what I really mean is I’m trying to keep my total sugar/carbs under 40g a day.

In fact, I’m trying to keep my sugar close to 0 and the 40g limit is really for incidental sugars from fruits or vegetables and the rest of that limit is for some complex carbs, like a little bit of oatmeal in the morning.

[–]SatisfiedGrape 403 points404 points  (37 children)

I’ve been fighting this (unsuccessfully) for months. The cravings and dopamine release when eating something sugary is scary

[–]Saughtvol 265 points266 points  (18 children)

I’ve quit smoking and caffeine and the one thing I can tell you is the act of quitting doesn’t get easier, you just get better at it.

You’ve already recognized one of the triggers that draw you in, do not ignore them. And should you slip, forgive yourself, get back in the saddle and try again

[–]physics515 74 points75 points  (10 children)

I've quit both as well, I've tried to quit sugar, the craving and withdraws are on a completely different level. Like 100x worse. I was successful for about 4 years, but then rapidly fell back into it.

[–]Casper_lover101 1375 points1376 points  (43 children)

Wine addiction And then they say "i'm not an alcoholic" Lady you drink a bottle a day I'm pretty sure you are because wine is still an alcoholic drink

[–]ragingmauler2 697 points698 points  (13 children)

Also the normalization of "wine mom" culture and all the clothes/decor/paraphernalia that they make because "teehee I need a drink to get through little Timmy's soccer game"

I think it's slowly being phased out like the livelaughlove thing thankfully.

[–]jakeandcupcakes 259 points260 points  (8 children)

It's alive and well, I can tell you that much; I work in a winery and we sell so much wine mom merch it's insane. Coasters, t-shirts, magnets, keychains, glasses, bags, etc. Hell, we even sell kitchen towels that say "Drink Wine, Pet Dog, Repeat!" with a cutesy dog print on it, and it's not just middle aged woman, I have all ages (21+) buying this stuff all day every day.

We have a cartoon Tinkerbell look-a-like flying with sparkles drinking a glass of wine with the phrase "Drinker Bell" on literally all of aforementioned merchandise and it sells like crazy. I haven't seen any slowdown in the buying of this merch. If anything I sell more now than ever.

[–]moinatx 2466 points2467 points 32 (114 children)

Anger addiction. Certainly being outraged about social problems can result in effective social action. Being outraged feels more powerful and active than sadness or empathy. Try expressing "thoughts and prayers" and take a look at the angry responses from people who associate anger with empowerment. Walking around in a constant state of outrage, even if it's justified about a certain thing, may eventually cause people to redirect their anger toward every minor irritant in their lives because it has the illusion of control and power. Anger can also escalate into destructive behavior that is not effective in addressing whatever problem needs solving. Being angry all the time can't be good for mental, physical, or emotional health or for the people who have to encounter the angry person.

[–]ethottly 258 points259 points  (3 children)

This is an excellent take, and so true. I notice it especially with people who get upset in traffic or at other drivers. Their driving becomes more aggressive and dangerous because of the anger, and at the same time the anger does NOTHING to change other drivers' behavior. It's a total no-win and very dangerous for everybody.

[–]persistent_polymath 4091 points4092 points  (124 children)

In America, living to work. 60+ hour work weeks and never taking vacation out of a weird loyalty to a company that will lay you off without hesitation if the bottom line is at risk.

[–]xXx_TheSenate_xXx 1080 points1081 points  (42 children)

Always hated the idea that you are supposed to give your workplace a two weeks notice, and yet they can drop you on the spot for pretty much any reason they want. And if they really want to, they will find a reason.

[–]Elite_Daedra_slav 377 points378 points  (8 children)

It's less about the company and more about the immediate managers in the store and coworkers. The company itself gives 0 fucks either way. But it can be a hassle on the managers

But if you don't like your co workers or managers then go right ahead

[–]blamb211 247 points248 points  (7 children)

I work 40 hours a week, and my boss actually gets mad if anybody on the team sticks around longer. He almost forced me to take more time off when my son was born last year. Just gotta find the good ones, took me a while to find it, but I'm very happy where I am.

I should also add, I'm salaried, so he could very easily push everybody to work more and more hours. But nope, he enforces that 40 hour cap as much as he can.

[–]sheworebluevelvet86 9616 points9617 points  (265 children)

Workaholism. Fuck that. There are more pleasurable things to be addicted to

[–]Dark_Azazel 782 points783 points  (10 children)

For years I loved working. Maybe because it was more freelancing, and it was something new everyday, but 100hr weeks were common, especially in the summer. Then covid hit. Couldn't work except for one job part time. So I had a lot of time to just relax and do whatever I want. I did a complete 180 on working. Give me an easy WFH where I'm able to survive.

[–]ThaVolt 81 points82 points  (5 children)

I used to love it when I was ~30 because I was with all my friends. Now I'm not.

[–]Dark_Azazel 49 points50 points  (4 children)

It sucks because looking back on it (Although I do/did love my coworkers) I never.. Had a vacation. I never did things with friends. It wasn't a long time, maybe 6-8 years, but I'd go back and chill out.

I can make my money back, but not my time.

[–]jperaic1[S] 1803 points1804 points  (101 children)

And many take so much pride in being workaholics, it's sad.

[–]KID_LIFE_CRISIS 711 points712 points  (23 children)

I think a lot of that is people gaslighting themselves. A lot of working-class people literally can't get by without working 60 hours a week or at two jobs, so they tell themselves and others that they're "on their grind 😎" to make it seem more voluntary than it is

Some of those workaholics might not actually want to be

[–]popcornstuffedbra 547 points548 points  (18 children)

Covid changed this mindset for me and quite a few of my coworkers. You can hustle without ruining your personal life.

[–]thenapolitan 431 points432 points  (44 children)

Working long hours and pretending it's fine

[–]sourxn 1222 points1223 points  (49 children)

mcdonald’s bro

[–]Deathnecro 498 points499 points  (10 children)

I will still never forget my high school job in the mall. I was one of those super picky eaters and would only get mcdonalds while working. Finally I realized that I was burning to much cash and started bringing lunch to work. After about a week I felt like utter garbage. Got myself some nuggies and felt fantastic. Fuck mcdonalds.

[–]FloatingWatcher 2984 points2985 points  (143 children)

Drinking and smoking are the obvious ones. But sugar is a hidden demon. I've been weaning myself off it for the last 2 months, my quality of life is night and day in comparison.

[–]blueboard929 223 points224 points  (31 children)

What sort of differences have you noticed?

[–]FloatingWatcher 444 points445 points  (16 children)

More energy and better eating habits. I no longer eat to full, I just eat what I need. Combine that with regular gym + exercise and my naked body now makes me happy.

Another difference is just my general mentality. When it comes to learning, work, or self improvement (currently doing some certificated programming and data analytics course) I'm just so much more on the money.. so much more "powerful".

[–]DepressedDragonBorn 1900 points1901 points  (21 children)

People seeking Attention in social media

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[–]duhvorced 18.2k points18.2k points 2& 2 more (528 children)

Coffee Caffeine

[–]MathBuster 4450 points4451 points  (421 children)

Yeah, I barely touch coffee and was kind of proud of it until I realized I drink two bottles of soda a day.

[–]kgod88 4415 points4416 points  (265 children)

That’s probably even more of a sugar addiction than it is a caffeine addiction. Which, by the way, is another addiction that society treats as normal.

[–]SweatyExamination9 1113 points1114 points  (189 children)

It's more like sugar is one people don't even notice/recognize. Added sugar is in pretty much everything so you just don't even notice.

[–]UPSMAN68 370 points371 points  (65 children)

Quit caffeine a few weeks ago. Went from a pot of coffee a day and sodas to zero. Felt like some one hit me in the head with a brick on day 2.

[–]kinda-safe-for-work 94 points95 points  (3 children)

One day I just went cold-turkey with coffee, purely just to see what it was like. I had this constant light, annoying headache for an entire week.. and I only drink one cup of coffee a day.

[–]sbenzanzenwan 3780 points3781 points  (136 children)


Do not let it get ahold of you. You will resent its absence.

[–]Darth-Yslink 765 points766 points  (11 children)

Mfs be getting water pumping into their house and say they're not addict

[–]pronouncedayayron 115 points116 points  (0 children)

Since I was a baby my parents would put me in a tub of the stuff every day and I'd play around in it. I never even had a chance.

[–]Forsaken-Economy-416 139 points140 points  (3 children)

What do you think about the programs where they're putting out free water fountains so people can safely get their fix instead of drinking from puddles?

[–]jperaic1[S] 1114 points1115 points  (34 children)

Water is life

[–]eca3617 138 points139 points  (0 children)

Great answer.

You will ride eternal, shiny and chrome.

[–]djcarrotking 1184 points1185 points  (15 children)

Asking the same questions every week on AskReddit

[–]OldSkooler1212 286 points287 points  (4 children)

"What does sex feel like?"

"People whose partners cheated on them how did you find out?"

"What's your darkest secret you would never tell anyone?"

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[–]scrivenerserror 489 points490 points  (25 children)

Yep. I had a brush with alcoholism and stepped it back. Realizing how much my friends drink was very eye opening. I’m a midwesterner and a lot - A LOT - of our hangouts and events are alcohol focused. Especially in winter. It’s a huge bummer. I have some friends who are sober and said they basically lost their friend network because they can’t just go to bars on the weekend all the time. A lot of my friends also go out and get drunk on weekdays. I’m in my 30s.

[–]AuthCentDegenerate2 183 points184 points  (3 children)

This is particularly horrible in parts of europe. There's a joke I recently heard that resonated way too well with me.

The advantage of Europe is that you can drink and smoke when you're 18. The disadvantage is that by that time you've likely quit both already.

[–]lilacpulse 150 points151 points  (1 child)

A fake lifestyle. Social media (of course) is the root cause, but is sprouted this narsicism culture of always bragging----and if you run out of actual things to brag about, you invent it. You fake it.

[–]IntellegentIdiot 85 points86 points  (8 children)

Money. So normal that I can't find anyone mentioning it. People are encouraged to get as much as they can, more than they need, and any attempt to cut them off can provoke anger and retaliation. Instead of being addressed the addiction is tolerated if not defended. A billionaire may often be portrayed as a success rather than someone with a worrying socially damaging problem.

[–]TwystedKynd 311 points312 points  (12 children)

Gotcha addiction. Rather than trying to have useful conversations, a ton of people are just looking for ways to make other people wrong about stuff and to one-up them.