Name: Lydia Wanjiku Gachukia From: Pullman, Washington Votes: 0
In less than ten decades ago, alcohol consumption was an international threat that lead to the national prohibition of alcohol in 1920. Its (the prohibition) main goal was to improve family life, reduce crime and corruption, and eliminate drunkenness and abuse. (History, 2009). Dating back to ancient times, addictions from psychoactive substances such as opium, alcohol, Amanita Muscaria, caffeine and nicotine were often birthed by religious ceremonies, social approval, and medical practices. (Crocq, 2007). In modern times, addiction has diversified from merely addictive psychoactive substances to other external forces such as food, gambling, video games and modern technology. Despite being less extreme, modern-day addictions have taken a leap on individuals mental and physical health. With psychoactive drugs, the results of over-consumption can be easily detected physically, in the mood and behavior of an individual, compared to gambling, video games, and modern technology addiction which can be less noticeable to the eye. I personally believe that as a nation, new addictions are continuously arising as new innovations develop, and thereby distributing to the amount of addiction crisis. With every new innovation, we stand the chance of developing a new addiction such as modern-day video games and social platforms addiction.
With a majority of modern technology and fast food franchises’ targeting children and younger individuals, the consequences of these addictions will be detrimental to their developing brains and their overall social interactions within the society. The physical consequences of gaming addiction could lead to obesity in an individual, which is linked to other health conditions such as heart diseases and many types of cancers. With higher video game and modern technology addiction and the correlation to obesity, the social and emotional consequences might include depression and lower quality of life. Other physical and emotional consequences of modern technology addiction in children might include decline in-school performances, irritability, social isolation, and heavy withdrawal when they’re not attached to their screens and their gaming controllers. By targeting developing children, the emotional consequences of video games and social media addiction will come with a high cost both socially and individually by altering how people interact and increasing psychiatric disorders. With the modern technology addiction crisis spiking and changing its form with each innervation, the hefty consequences are yet to be faced.
For the individual, I believe that the best remedy for this crisis would be moderation and acknowledgement of the addiction. With each modern addictions, the emotional and physical damages may not be readily explicit and could possibly take years to detect the heavy burden of the addictions. Hence, individuals should start by acknowledging when they are addicted to substances and comprehend that each addiction may contain distinctive symptoms. By acknowledging an addiction, this remedy assures that individuals are not in denial and are willing to alter their ways. As a society, increased support for rehabilitation that aid those who acknowledge addictions, should facilitate the negativity and difficulty that might accompany this process. With most modern-day addictions targeting children and younger individuals, parents should manage and assure that their children have a balance in their daily lives. In addition, rather than eating fast food every day, or spending an excessive amount of time staring at screens, both the parent and the child should come to agreements on how to incorporate everything in moderation.
Overall, it is clear that as a nation, the addiction crisis has spiked, as new innovations arise. By adding to the existing, modern addictions also have detrimental consequences, which often surge with time. I believe that the best remedy both socially and individually would be moderation and acknowledgement of the addiction. All in all, humans are no strangers to addictions. After all, we have continuously been battling and attempting to comprehend the new forms it acquires, prior to the ancient times.
Crocq, Marc-Antoine. “Historical and Cultural Aspects of Man’s Relationship with Addictive
Drugs.” Dialogues in Clinical Neuroscience, Les Laboratoires Servier, 2007,