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Monday, November 14, 2011

QOTW 11-14-11 ADDICTS

Question Of The Week 11-14-11




What is your  "uncommon" addiction?





I am fairly certain that we all have some kind of addiction, whether it is to a substance or to an activity.  We know the usual addictions that make headlines like drugs, gambling and sex.  But what addictions are not quite as harmful and maybe not as common?  I am addicted to my computer and to television.

(Have you ever attempted to overcome one addiction by replacing it with another?  My sister suggested this question because she traded cigarettes for Nicorette.)

27 comments:

LL Cool Joe said...

I'd agree about the computer.

I have many. I've never been a smoker or taken drugs. Most of my addictions are fairly harmless. I'm addicted to caps.

More than anything I tend to be obsessive about something, do it to death and them move on to a new obsession.

G said...

I used to have a hardcore addiction (5 to 10 hours a day) to chat rooms, at least from 2007 thru mid 2010.

Eventually, I was able to wean myself off the chat rooms, come to my senses and find other pursuits that weren't so time consuming, like Facebook ('09-'11, but no games) and blogging ('08 to the present).

So my current addictions is blogging and writing, moderately successful with the first (755 posts and counting) and microscopically successful with the second (two self pubbed books, one good and one not-so-good; and two normally published short stories).

Granny Annie said...

LL Cool Joe -- I could have guessed that one of your addictions would be caps. It could be said that head coverings are one of my addictions as well -- wigs! I have a style and shade for every outfit. LOL

G -- Chat rooms have never been one of my choices on the internet but I discovered the beauty of social networking in the late 90's before most of my friends and associates. I have enjoyed meeting all kinds of people through cyberspace...the good, the bad and the ugly.

Marla and Steve said...

My addictions seems to go in cycles, depending on the season. When I'm housebound from the weather, I play more on my computer, often for waaaayyy too long. When the weather is nice, I need to be outside.

I do love my one glass of wine as I cook dinner and finish it with my dinner. Now that I don't run with kids activities and evening sports, I can safely have the wine, knowing I won't be driving.

I am pretty obsessed with living a healthy lifestyle - nutrition and exercise and I'm very saddened that I've done it all right, and still my body has its weaknesses.

Nancy said...

Funny, Annie, that your sister and I usually agree on things, but we part ways on this one.

See, I was addicted to Nicorette but gave it up for cigarettes.....

Bonnie said...

I guess computers would be one of my addictions right now. I,too, went through the chatroom/game phase. Now it's FB but I'm not really on that much (and not at all for the past 3 days since my computer crashed). I guess reading good books and spoiling my granddaughters are my other addictions.

Brown English Muffin said...

while I love Starbucks I am perfectly fine going a day with out it, I don't start having the shakes or withdraw symptoms or anything...but let me leave the house without my cell phone....oh lord....I might as well just go home and get it no matter how far away I am...other wise I'll be of no use to ANYONE!

Whitemist said...

one would think that computers might be an obsession, but i am not sure it fits cause i purposely do without when i am away. Sometimes blogging is,i miss it greatly. Cooking makes me feel really good, so lets put that one up also and the old standby - coffee!

Sparkling Red said...

I am not a very addictive personality type, however if I am addicted to anything it's clothes and shoe shopping. I know it's not very good for me (past a certain point of moderation) but once I start I have a hard time stopping. I'd probably also go through withdrawal if I had to go without books, the internet, and my favourite audio podcasts, especially NPR's Fresh Air show.

Riot Kitty said...

You caught me with that picture of coffee. Espresso drinks, for sure.

Judy (kenju) said...

My computer, coffee, biscuits and chicken.

I used to be addicted to cigarettes, and I am very thankful that I quit that habit many years ago.

Granny Annie said...

Marla and Steve – The cycle of addictions – very interesting. I understand it all, especially the wine part:) I am so sorry for your medical problems.

Nancy – Sure Nancy, I can see that. LOL

Bonnie – You certainly are addicted to Rossi and Layla. I love it!

Brown English Muffin – Of course…cell phone addictions. How did that happen to us? If we don’t go back for mine I will worry the whole time we are away so it is always best to go back.

Whitemist – Blogging is definitely my favorite addiction. Which of your two blogs do you enjoy posting the most? I also love my coffee but not as much as I did a few years ago.

Sparkling Red – I knew someone had to addicted to shopping and I’m not surprised it’s you.

Riot Kitty – What…you’re not addicted to cats?

Judy (kenju) – Does your addiction mean computer, coffee, biscuits and chicken every day? I would not have guessed you had been a smoker. I was too until November 6, 2003.

Snaggle Tooth said...

I'm compulsive about machine operation- so factory bosses love me. The Kick-pedal ones are my fave. I can do it as fast as possible for hours. Alot of folks can't stand that physical challenge- I get addicted to doing it. Strange, but true.

After coffee. ciggs, n soda, I got addicted to quiting more bad habits... but I can't give up puffed cheeze balls! Or TV

Granny Annie said...

Snaggle Tooth -- You are going to have to give me a "for instance" on this one. What is a "kick-pedal" machine and what does it do? I'm totally wish you on the puffed cheeze balls but don't care for the orange fingers that come with them.

Susan Adcox said...

My addiction is to audio books. I listen to them when I clean house and when I drive, and I go to sleep most nights listening. My habit doesn't cost me any money, because I download them to my iPhone from a library site for free, but I do get a little panicky if I've been busy and haven't had time to download a new selection.

Granny Annie said...

Susan Adcox -- I share your addiction. I cannot do any housework without listening to an audio book while I work. I do not have an ipod or iphone so I listen on a CD Walkman. Most of my audio books are purchased from eBay for a fairly low cost. Maybe I will ask or an ipod for Christmas.

Shionge said...

Hmmm.....I think I need to really think about it....blogging perhaps :)

Cliff said...

Sex is harmful?
Well that explains a few things.

Ralph said...

First of all, I have to agre with Cliff - I never knew sex was harmful, oh well I can live with that.
I don't know if it is an addiction or an obession but I HATE to be without my cell phone.
Ralph

Granny Annie said...

Shionge -- It is turning out that blogging is more of a common than an uncommon addiction for many of us.

Cliff -- Settle down. Sex is not harmful but sexual addiction is harmful. Or at least that is what some people tell me.

Ralph -- Glad to know you can live with sex. Now about that cell phone, what is the difference between an addiction and an obsession? There is a new question entirely.

Monalisa said...

Internet is certainly very addictive with me, though I manage some control over myself these days (rather say, bow to my mom's shouting when she sees me sitting on for too long -:P)

At the moment, what I'm sincerely addicted to is, I would say juicy fruits. Doc has adviced to cut down on my intake of fruits since i'm on gestational diabetes, but I don't know how I'm gonna control. Hmm..

I used to think i'm a chocolate addict, but pregnancy proved I'm not -;)

Snaggle Tooth said...

I've done many different ones- Kick-pedal machines- basically you place the piece to be cut, heat-pressed, drilled, ect. on the top section with your hands, remove hands to safety, then kick a pedal on the floor connected on the bottom usually by cable to perform action with your foot, then remove the piece n do the next.
Once you get a rythm going you can go pretty fast- takes co-ordination. Luckily I used to dance, n playing instruments also uses similar skill. But these machines are usually dangerous- n mistakes are unforgiving.

Pat said...

My computer and camera. Was only thinking this morning after getting a compacting message - what would I do if it all disappeared. Would I start again from scratch?
Hazelnut yoghourt - I could live without it but would rather not.
Peace and quiet - I couldn't live without.

Lynn said...

Computer and lattes from Starbucks. :)

Sorry to have missed this post until now - not having the computer at home running is messing with my blog reading!

Granny Annie said...

Monalisa -- You have reminded me that as crazy as I am about chocolate, I did not crave it much when I was pregnant. I craved McDonald's big Mac sandwiches.

Snaggle Tooth -- I'm still wondering about these machines. Just where to you find them often enough to feed your addiction and what products do they make?

Pat -- Let me tell you that Sunday my blog disappeared. I got a message that blogger had deleted it because it has been reported as spam. I had to give them my phone number so the could text me a validation number and once I entered that number, my blog came back. But believe me I had some major moments of panic and wondered what in the world I would do.

Lynn -- That's okay. I missed yours too because you didn't post as early Monday as you usually do. Guess we're both caught up now. Believe it or not I have never had a latte from Starbucks or any coffee from there at all. There is not a Starbucks near us.

Kay said...

Yup! That's me! Totally addicted to blogging, I'm afraid. I just jumped over from Rae's blog for fun. I'm enjoying wandering around your cyber space.

Granny Annie said...

Kay -- Definitely a blog addiction for me too. Thanks for stopping by.