You know what I really love about living in America this day in age?
Our need to diagnose EVERYTHING.
My favorite is addiction.
Nowadays, you don't have a bad habit or a selfish streak...you are addicted.
Rather stay up all night with your friends doing drugs than live life as a responsible adult? You're a drug addict!
Rather spend time hunting down internet porn and haunting strip clubs than romancing your wife? You're a sex addict!
Rather eat 2 Big Macs, a super sized fry, 2 hot apple pies and a milk shake than a salad? You're a food addict!
Rather hang out online all day than clean your house? You're (read: I'm) an internet addict!
You can be a rageaholic instead of an asshole and an alcoholic instead of a drunk and suffer from social anxiety instead of being a dork.
Now I know, addiction is a real thing. It's a compulsion, some people are wired differently, blah blah blah. I definitely have an addictive streak myself.
HOWEVER, at some point it is a choice. Knowing myself as I do, I knew it would never be a good idea to even dabble in anything people sell their kids for (and I was all about the recreational drugs, I just kept an eye on that whole pesky addiction factor). Same thing with cigarettes, I knew that I'd most likely love them, so I made sure not to encourage myself.
At some point, when you really start liking something, you realize that it is taking up too much of your time and that it would be hard to quit. But you just don't REALLY want to and of course it sucks to quit, so you don't.
Then you get so used to doing what you like that for whatever reason, whether it be chemically or biologically or mentally or emotionally, you just want to do that all of the time and then you really feel like you can't quit.
And then it's addiction.
The other night I saw a documentary about Crystal Meth. Holy Cow. This is not the drug I'll experiment with in my quest to have lots of energy and want to clean the house. Look at this Faces of Meth gallery.
Whoa! That is some seriously crazy shit. What really struck me is how dead all of their eyes looked in the "after" photos. Also, lots of them had one squinty eye afterwards, I thought that was weird. That's some nasty shit right there.
But come on now...who doesn't know about your stereotypical meth head or crack head these days? What makes people think it won't happen to them? I know I'm smarter than a lot of people, but it seems like an easy choice.
I know it makes me heartless but I have a hard time finding sympathy for some of those people because the first time they chose to do it, they knew what could happen. And for some reason decided their families and lives and money and good (or at least not hideous) looks were worth the trade.
However, I will continue to embrace this "internet addiction" nonsense. I love having a certifiable excuse. One day though, there will probably be an Intervention and I'll have to go to Passages in Malibu to detox myself. Break this nasty addiction and all. It will probably take me 90 days. At least.
I wonder if they do boob jobs there?