Screenagers and technology use

There has been a lot of debate about how much time children should spend in front of screens. I argue content and context of screen time is more import than the amount of time.

Are Olympians Addicted to Exercise, Work or Neither?

Olympic athletes are dedicated to their profession and spend hours every day training and exercising. But are Olympic athletes addicted to exercise, their work, or neither?

The Truman Show Delusion

Watching reality television shows do not cause psychotic or delusional episodes. However, those with underlying illnesses (e.g., schizophrenia) may develop a Truman Show Delusion.

Addicted to Gossip?

It's often said that everyone loves to gossip. But are there people who gossip a bit to much? Are there individuals that are actually addicted gossip?

Internet Gaming Disorder vs. Internet Addiction Disorder

In the DSM-5, Internet Gaming Disorder is seen as synonymous with internet use disorder (IUD) and internet addiction (IA). Empirical evidence clearly shows this is not the case.

The Search For Happiness

"Beware of Destination Addiction - a preoccupation with the idea that happiness is in the next place, the next job and with the next partner" (Robert Holden)

Sexual Trophies, Murder, And Addiction

When it comes to the collecting of ‘sexual trophies’, most research relates to more criminal sexual deviance. But what does the literature say and can it be addictive?

Gambling, ADHD, OCD and Kleptomania

Papers in psychiatric journals have claimed that many of the characters in the Star Wars movies have underlying psychopathologies including pathological gambling, OCD and ADHD

Nazi Fetishism

Examples of Nazi fetishism can be found in both musical content and films but what do we know about it from an academic and psychological perspective?

Erotic Lactation

Lactophilia is a sexual paraphilia where individuals (typically male) derive sexual pleasure from watching women lactate. But what do we know about this sexual behaviour?

Gambling, Sex, And Gaming In Virtual Reality

There is little scientific evidence (as yet) that individuals have become addicted to virtual reality (VR) applications. However, could the new VR applications be addictive?

Can Quilting Be an Addiction?

There is academic research on the psychology and sociology of quilting and online reports of the quilting hobby being "addictive". This article separates the fact and the fiction.

Sports Betting Via Smartphones

Mobile phone betting provides convenience and flexibility, and from a gaming operator’s perspective, provides gambling on the move. The future of sports gambling is here already.

Crush Fetishism And 'Animal Torture Porn'

A crush fetish is where individuals derive sexual arousal from watching someone of the opposite sex crushing things (including animals). But can people really be turned on by this?

Excessive Email Use and How to Curb It

Email use and excessive checking of emails has become an integral activity in many people's lives. This blog is my guide to curbing email use to make it more manageable.

The Myth of the Addictive Personality

The concept of 'addictive personality' is often used to explain addictive behaviour. This article argues that the concept of addictive personality is a complete myth.

Eating Disorder, Sexual Paraphilia or Something Else?

Zoophagia is the practice of eating live animals and/or drinking their blood. But what do we know about this rare human behaviour?

Sneezy Does It

There are reports in the medical/psychological literature dating back to the 1890s of sexually induced sneezing in both men and women. But what more is known about the phenomenon?

Obsessive Teeth Whitening and Body Dysmorphic Disorder

Teeth whitening has become a popular cosmetic procedure, but there are anecdotal reports of obsessive and addictive teeth whitening and as a symptom of body dysmorphic disorder.

Tattoos and Sexual Attraction

Scientific studies on women’s tattoos tend to show that most people view them negatively. But does that include sexual attraction?

Vorarephilia and Being Eaten for Sexual Pleasure

Vorarephilia is a sexual paraphilia in which people are sexually aroused by the idea of being eaten. But what do we know psychologically about this rare sexual behavior?

Gaming to Death

Over the past 18 months, there have been a number of gaming-related deaths. But what is it that makes gaming so compulsive and addictive?

Suffocation Roulette And Childhood Choking Games

The ‘choking game’ (known as the ‘fainting game’ and ‘suffocation roulette’) is an example of self-asphyxial risk-taking behaviour. But how prevalent is it and what do we know?

Are You 'Addicted' to Chaos?

The term 'chaos addiction' has been used repeatedly in populist articles but has not been studied empirically. But is it just another term for workaholism or something different?

Addiction to Suicide Websites

In 2011, William Melchart-Dinkel was convicted of persuading two people he met online to commit suicide and of having a “suicide fetish.” But is it really an addiction or fetish?

Shopaholic Frolics

Although shopping is a necessity in life, it is also a leisure activity that can be addictive. But how prevalent is compulsive buying according to the psychological literature?

Addiction and Mindfulness

Mindfulness has increasingly been used in the treatment of a wide range of psychological disorders. But what is the evidence that they can help in treating behavioral addiction?

Eproctophilia Explained

Olfactophilia is a paraphilia in which individuals derive sexual arousal from odours such as eproctophilia (sexual arousal from flatulence). But what is known about this behavior?

Can Playing Pinball Be Addictive?

Does pinball addiction exist? Only one academic paper has ever been published on pinball addiction (a case study) and this blog takes a look at that paper in more detail.

Addiction to Studying

There is little research and no generally accepted definition of study addiction but such behaviour has been conceptualized within research into workaholism.

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