Name: Cameron Minor
From: San Diego, California
Addiction in Today’s Generation
Addiction in Today’s Generation
Addiction stems and comes from a lot of various factors in a person’s life, but in today’s society it has become cool and normalized to be addicted to substances that are detrimental to one’s health and safety. I believe the problem stems from the fact that people are in denial, most people are addicted and do not even realize it. The phrase I have heard over and over again from my peers and even some of my closest friends is, “I can stop whenever I want, but why would I?” It is sad to see as people are tricking themselves into believing they can stop but don’t want to because the harsh reality is they can’t stop but do not want to accept the fact that they are addicted. Whether it is alcohol, nicotine, drugs, or social media, the generation is facing the temptation to try these things because it is normal to do so if you don’t do it you’re actually looked at as weird or the outlier. It used to be the other way around where it was looked down upon to smoke and drink at a young age but since it is glorified in tv shows, movies, and songs it is deemed acceptable by youth now.
I am a current college student at ASU, one of the largest college institutions in the nation so I see addiction on a daily basis. The use of jewels and vapes is the most common because they are easy to attain and people are addicted to nicotine. It has gotten to the point where I was sitting back watching someone I knew in a conversation for ten minutes, and he must’ve hit his jewel at least four times without even thinking about it. The sad part is that when I went to ask him about it he hadn’t even realized he hit it all. It has become so normal for these people that it is a second hand motion, and instinct to hit their device and go about their day. I see kids who can’t eat when they don’t have their vape and are getting physically ill if they don’t get their nicotine, it is a modern day cigarette but because it looks nice and has a fruity flavor kids go crazy for it. This leads to real life consequences in the future when all of this nicotine has killed these teens’ lungs and they are having breathing problems and lung cancer in their twenties! In society little kids are looking up on the older kids doing it and think it is cool because they want to be like them, so they start doing it as early as middle school. Because so many other people do it they think it can’t be that bad to my health, and are ignorant to the real life effects it has on their body. This addiction becomes a cycle so by the time they get to high school and college they’ve been addicted for years and it’s just a part of their life at this point, their daily routine. The “just try it once” for nicotine is not the same as alcohol or other substances. Nicotine is an addictive substance that causes a temporary pleasure in one’s brain, therefore you always go back to it because it is temporary. This is how most addiction starts, the craving of the feeling you had until it gets to a point where it is a necessity and not a want anymore.
This concept applies to other things as well such as alcohol, weed, and more. What people need to realize is anything can become an addiction. We as a people and society in this nation constantly feel the need to experiment and do what everyone else is doing because of the fear of missing out. You want to know how it feels to be drunk or high or domed because it looks like they are having so much fun and you want to live in the moment not worried about tomorrow. This is the problem, people in this nation live in a YOLO mindset, (you only live once) but that whole concept is incorrect. We live everyday, we only die once and the things people are doing are slowly killing them. I believe too many people are not fulfilled in their life which is why they rely on addictive substances to escape their reality or fill a void that they simply are not happy. People in this nation need to surround themselves with things that genuinely make them happy and focus on themselves, once this happens I think people won’t feel the need to rely on any addictive measure to bring them joy.