In the coolness of the day, when all is silent, the presence of people is empty, and the laughter and jiggles of all passersby have faded or been muted, that is when most personality degrading addictions take hold of their victims and cause them to carry out their deeds of contract. Some of the deeds include, substance abuse, alcohol, masturbation, sex, pornography, among others. By society’s standard of morality, perpetuators of such acts feel ashamed and tend to hide or engage in it in their secrecy. Well, no matter how heart breaking this may sound, these are not the only addictions ruling people in this dispensation.
Addiction, as we defined in PART I as the state of one being ceding own power to another being (entity) in a legal (agreed) order, comes in different formats – some being tangible whiles others are intangible. Examples include but not limited to pornography, masturbation, alcohol, drugs,behaviour, internet/social media, food, gambling, video games and other games, shopping just to mention a few.
Tangible addictions are usually visible to third parties, and they have physical impacts on their victims. ExamlFor instance, addiction to pornography or masturbation comes along with health hazards as well as eludes the victim of self-esteem, when it becomes known to other people or when the victim is spotted in the act by others. In the recent “Papa no” scandal, an upcoming politician playing the game of politics on its strand of defaming opponents, mentioned that the Minister of Information in Ghana was his friend, and he knows him to be a porn addict. It practically became news to the readers on twitter, because by the moral lens of society, a man of such caliber is not expected to be involved in such an act. Though we can’t conclude the claim is true, lets imagine it is true. Can you picture the impact that the revelation is going to have on the image of the Minister of information?
Flipping the coin to the other side, intangible addictions are invisible to third parties and their impacts are only visible to the people who take special interest in the victims – especially counselors or psychologists. For instance, the addiction to some kinds of foods or the internet is not a thing that can be easily noticed by all. Unless the victim confesses it or unless someone pays keen attention to the victim, it cannot be known that one is addicted. This particular form of addiction is faced by almost 99% of the world’s population. Examples include but not limited to behaviour, internet/social media, food, gambling, video games and other games, shopping, just to mention a few.
Almost everybody is involved in a form of addiction, one way or the other. We seem to not pay attention to it since it’s not visible to others. For instance, a social media or video game addict hardly knows s/he is a victim of addiction until s/he loses something valuable because of the time wasted. The latest trend of intangible addiction is termed as Nomophobia, which according to Cambridge dictionary is the fear of being out of mobile phone contact. Just imagine walking out to a lecture, workplace or somewhere and after about 45 minutes outside your place of abode, you discover you don’t have your phone on you. You’ll take a sharp break and analyze the impact it will have on you at the place you are going if you should go back home for your phone, continuing your journey if you must. Some people will be absent minded the whole day if they should step out without their phone.
It is not oblivious to you now that it will be very difficult to find one man who is not involved in any of the forms of addictions (tangible or intangible). I believe you can now confidently say that we shouldn’t be quick to condemn those who are involved in tangible addictions and have become laughing stock to society. Is it their fault that they are addicted (tangible or intangible)? Let’s discover the answer in the next episode. You can leave your suggestions in the comment box.