Five surprising things you may be addicted to

We all have certain activities we love, but did you know you could be addicted to your favourite hobby? Check out the 10 surprising things you may be addicted to.

Falling in love
We all know that a person who goes from relationship to relationship, never seems to spend more than five minutes alone. Well, according to research, it may be that they are actually addicted to falling in love!

Yep, that heart-racing, euphoric feeling of falling in love… turns out you can get hooked on it. According to psychologist Arthur Aron, who led a study investigating love addiction, falling in love activates the same system in the brain as drug addiction, making you crave that feeling again as soon as the first flush of love starts to fade.

Although most of us look forward to the weekends, for those suffering from a work addiction these days away from the office may not be quite as treasured. While many of us jokingly use the term “workaholic”, research suggests this is a real condition that can jeopardise sufferers’ health and relationships – it is not simply a case of “working hard”. According to a Spanish study, around 12 per cent of workers in Spain suffer from the addiction, while in Japan “death by overwork” (karoshi) is thought to cause an estimated 1, 000 deaths per year.

Lip balm
While not a chemical addiction such as that to alcohol and cigarettes, applying lip balm can definitely be habit-forming. This is because while lip balm offers a temporary moisture boost for dry lips, it can interfere with the process of cellular turnover and the production of natural moisture, leading you to apply more and more lip balm to counteract these drying effects.
While it may not be life-threatening or recognised as an official illness, many websites and Facebook groups have been set up dedicated to this potentially expensive addiction.

We all have our favourite songs, the ones we listen to over and over again, but did you ever consider you could be addicted to your favourite music? According to a study by researchers at McGill University, you may well be. The study revealed that when we listen to music we experience a natural “high” and our body releases dopamine, a neurotransmitter also released when people take drugs or eat pleasurable foods.

According to the researchers, dopamine makes us want to repeat behaviors, which is the reason we can become addicted to our favourite music.

Surfing the internet
You may think that browsing the internet is nothing more than a pleasant way to pass some time. However, researchers in China revealed that internet addiction actually alters the brain in a similar way to addictions to drugs and alcohol. It is thought that sufferers of Internet addiction disorder (IAD)ould face similar symptoms to those suffering from other addictions, including withdrawal symptoms. One study of users of internet-ready smartphones found that many are so addicted to their device they now hear “phantom vibrations” in their desperation to receive a message.


Protecting your information online

Protecting your identity and personal information is critically important in today’s hyper-informational technology age. The good news is there are steps you can take to help protect your identity. Here are some of these:
Hard drive erasing programmes

When you plan on getting rid of an old computer—whether you’re going to donate it or throw it out—you need to wipe out the hard drive on your old computer. No matter how old or corrupted your old computer is, the hard drive stores information on it, even when you “drag” those items to the recycle bin.

The only way to be certain that all of your personal information is eliminated is to use a hard drive erasing programme that completely 0’s out the binary code data on the entire hard drive. Otherwise, the next lucky owners of your computer could be getting a lot more than what they paid for it!
Password keepers

When you work online, you likely have passwords for a number of sites. Given the challenge of remembering all these different codes, many people use easily identifiable passwords, creating a major security risk. Instead, you should be changing your passwords regularly and using passwords that aren’t easy for someone to figure out.

Don’t use your birthday, your cat’s name, or anything else that someone might be able to guess with just few pieces of information about you. Then, store these passwords in a safe place (like, say, your bolt-down safe).

Alternatively, look into password keeper services, which generate highly-secure passwords for every site with which you maintain a login and store them securely under one main account. There is, of course, the risk that someone will hack your main password, but this risk is mitigated by the overall security gains that come from being able to use more secure passwords on every other site you log in to. All this requires you to deliberately educate yourself on programmes you can use.
Lock down, or up, your computers

Usually, if thieves see that they can’t easily grab a computer and run, they won’t even bother trying in the first place. Do not make it easy for people to just take off with your devices. The fewer people that access your machine, the better.

So, either lock them down physically, or find computer locks. These are the low-tech devices you commonly see in computer stores. Essentially, they lock your electronic devices to a workstation, making it frustrating for thieves to try and swipe.
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SOURCE: Daily Monitor

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