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Dependancies and addictions have become a huge point of societal contention in 2017. From the opiate crisis to sex addiction, the laundry list of toxic habits Americans share has created much concern in both the medical community and the mainstream media.
The curious part however, is that while addiction and dependency is universal, it's not always as black and white as people think. That is to say, it doesn't have to involve substances or "conventionally" toxic behaviors in order to be considered addictive/dependent behavior. RehabPathway adapted the criteria used by the American Psychological Association to assess addiction, converting them into seven questions. They then posed those questions to over 1,000 Americans, asking them to respond truthfully to each one. But instead of posing them about substance misuse, they asked about common habits, including caffeine consumption, the Internet, television, social media, exercise, and engaging in sex or viewing pornography.
The following infographics breakdown some pretty alarming statistics regarding the things Americans clearly cannot live without. Take a look:
Habits By Gender
Of course, men and women are entirely different beasts and their habits reflect accordingly. However, in the case of this survey, the women are actually more likely to frequent pornographic websites. Who would have guessed?! Another surprising aspect is that men are more likely to drink coffee as one of their daily habits — that seems like yet another "gender norm" turned on its head.
Habits By Occupation
As you can see, homemakers are most likely to have three or more dependent behaviors out of all the professions listed. We suppose that makes a lot of sense considering the more private environment. It's easy to step out for a smoke, or have an extra cup of coffee without the pressure of coworkers. We'd also like to highlight that self-employed workers fall lowest on this list. Hm, not a bad lifestyle to consider, huh?
At the end of the day, we all have habits. The important thing is to drop the stigma and be aware of when a habit turns into an ugly addiction. The sooner we stop stigmatizing people's behavior, the easier it will be for them to admit having a problem and getting help.
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