10 surprising things you may be addicted to

10 surprising things you may be addicted to
Thursday, Jul 26, 2012

Surprising addiction 6: Tanning

Research findings published in the journal Addiction Biology suggest that exposure to ultraviolet rays in the form of sunshine or tanning beds can cause changes in brain activity similar to drug addiction, keeping you hooked on tanning.

A New Jersey mom with a passion for tanning is facing a child endangerment charge for allowing her then 5-year-old daughter into a tanning booth.

According to Dr. Bryon Adinoff, an author of the study, the brain responds to UV light in areas that are associated with reward, causing some people to develop an addiction ("Tanorexia") despite the potentially fatal health risks of tanning.

Surprising addiction 7: Video games

Across the world, teenagers are holed up in their rooms in front of television or computer screens feverishly playing video games, yet research suggests this may not be as harmless as it seems.

A 2006 BBC-reported lecture revealed that 12 per cent of online gamers polled reported some addictive behaviours, while many countries across the world have set up treatment centres to deal with this growing addiction.

Just like any addiction, compulsive gaming can jeopardise relationships and careers, and there have even been cases of excessive gamers dying from exhaustion.

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