As I was thinking of my post for the day, I was debating whether the title was “addiction” or “obsession.” This got me to thinking what the real difference between the two terms is. I know, I know…I can be simple-minded at times. But seriously this was my thought process. Anyway, I took to Webster for clarification.
According to Webster and his friend Merriam, addiction is the quality or state of being addicted. I was surprised to see this listed as the first definition of the word. I was always taught that you don’t define a word with the word. It seems like Webster and Merriam may have missed a day or two in English class. Anyway, if you click further they define addict as surrendering oneself to something habitually or obsessively. These two suggest that obsession is a persistent disturbing preoccupation with an often unreasonable ides or feeling.
After reading the definitions, I’m even more confused. I don’t know if I’m addicted to Instrgram or if I have an obsession with Instagram.
Since I figured out that Instagram was available for Android phones, I’ve been looking at other folks pictures several times per day. It’s almost like a sickness. I look at folks pictures that I actually know…I look to see who they are following…whose following them. I look at the pictures of my follower’s follower’s. It’s bad. At some point, I was following a bunch of “celebrities” (A list all the way down to D list folks). I was following Leb.ron James, Dw.ayne Wade, Ali.cia Keys, Ty.ra Banks, Tyr.ese…even the likes of Ev.elyn Lozada, To.ya Wright, and So.mya Reece.
Then it occurred to me, WTF! You don’t know these people! Why in the hell are you looking at their pictures? Social media has allowed folks (me) to take the nosy neighbor to a hole nother (not a word) level. Anyway, I stopped following those people. Besides not knowing them…their pictures made my pictures look lame and boring.
What’s your current addiction or obsession?