Is Video Game Addiction Unscientific Bullshit?

The World Health Organization is on the verge of officially recognising a phenomenon that researchers have been studying since the Super Nintendo era: video game addiction. Scientists and public health advocates who back the move say that compulsive video-game playing is a discrete disorder that can seriously damage a person’s mental and physical health. But other experts say that classifying a common behaviour like gaming as a potential disease is scientifically unsound and might even repopularise an old stigma against gamers. Read More >>

Maybe Addiction is More Like a Learning Disorder Than a Disease

When US sketch show Saturday Night Live recently aired a skit riffing on America’s new heroin epidemic — a satirical fake ad for “Heroin A.M.” to help addicts remain productive while using — many people weren’t laughing. Read More >>

A Mutant Cocaine-Eating Enzyme Could Cure Addiction and Overdoses

Ready for some weird science? Certain bacteria found in the dirt near coca plants are powered by an enzyme that eats cocaine. Unfortunately, the enzyme breaks down quickly at body temperature, meaning it can't be used to treat human overdoses or addiction. Now, though, researchers have designed a version that can survive body temps—and more than doubles its cocaine appetite. Read More >>

Would These Redesigned Cigarettes Help You Quit Smoking?

Quitting smoking cold turkey takes a rare sort of willpower that most of us will, unfortunately, never know. So for the weaker willed masses looking to kick the habit, these new cigarette packaging concepts may be just what the (questionable) doctor ordered. Read More >>

The Science of How Flappy Bird Gets You Hooked

Long live Flappy Bird, the game we loved to hate. But why oh why was that simple little game so awfully compelling? Read More >>

A New Vaccine Eats Cocaine “Like Pac-Man” to Kick Addiction

Cocaine addictions, which carry a notoriously high relapse rate, may have finally met their match in the form of a simple, long lasting booster vaccine. Read More >>

Russian Bears Are Hooked on Huffing Jet Fuel Until They Pass Out

In a display of blatant disregard for Nancy Reagan and her pleas to the contrary, Russia's bears, no longer able to resist the sweet temptation of jet fuel, have a drug problem. Read More >>

Kick Your Pesky Cocaine Habit By Blasting Your Brain with Lasers

Have you ever had one of those days where you thought to yourself "Boy, I sure wish I didn't have this sexy yet expensive cocaine addiction"? Fortunately for you, there could be a new solution on the horizon, and all you have to do is fry your brain with lasers. Equally sexy. Read More >>

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Do You Ever Sit Down to Piss Just So You Can Keep Fondling Your Phone?

Apparently, one quarter of men have coughed to doing it lady-like, and taking a seat instead of standing tall to take a leak, just so they can continue to use their damn phones. Has it really come to this? Are we that addicted to our phones we can't even pee without them? Please say this is just a load of gumpf. Read More >>

How Pornography Addiction Works and Affects Your Life

For all the jokes, pornography addiction is a real and actual addiction. Really. Stop laughing. I'm serious. No, it's— Look. Porn works like any other addictive substance: It re-wires your brain in ways that make you need it, and probably proves harmful to the rest of your life. Read More >>

Researchers Might Have a Way to Beat Heroin Addiction

Morphine is just about the best painkiller out there, as any doctor or any person who's ever been in an accident will tell you. There's just one small problem—it's incredibly addictive. But thanks to some researchers from the University of Colorado and the University of Adelaide, we may have outsmarted that propensity for dependency. Read More >>

Do You Feel Trapped by Modern Technology?

The NY Times has an interesting trend piece about how big companies—especially Silicon Valley ones—are beginning to institute policies which encourage people to step back from the streams of information coming at them from their various gadgets and focus on what really matters (as far as work goes, at least). Read More >>

Babies Turn Mothers Into Facebook Addicts

You'd think that having a kid would make you spend more time in the real world with your new brood, but apparently not. According to new research, mothers actually spend much more time on Facebook after giving birth, and it's all linked with stress. Read More >>

A Video Game Designed to Help Doctors to Recognise Drug Abuse

At Northwestern Memorial Hospital, the doctors are training themselves with technology to better recognise the signs of addiction. Read More >>

Your Porn Addiction Is Officially Bad For You

It seems, just like everything else, there really is such a thing as too much porn. According to researchers from the University of Sydney, watching too much smut can wreck your life; cause you to lose your job, and get you in trouble with the fuzz -- it's all the internet's fault. Read More >>