However, in order to merit this type of recognition the activity or object would probably have to be the focus of addiction for a particularly large portion of the population, or result in particularly negative consequences. I haven’t seen enough evidence to convince me that either of these is the case for reading. While I can accept that there are probably people who are addicted to reading, I’m not sure it warrants being labeled as addictive any more than the many other activities we engage in which are not labeled as such.
If this is the case, then it might still be helpful to recognize certain activities as particularly significant focal points of addiction. They might stand in as a short hand to understand how addiction is affecting particular individuals and what social influences are at play, etc.
I have even been complicit in the per perpetuation of the addiction with the gift of an e-reader. I used the occcasion to try and establish ground rules on the reading which appeared to work for a short time. It is now much worse.
I live with an person who is by self admission addicted to the act of reading. I have discussed ith with her on several occasions over the 20 years we have been married. I noticed it as a newly married person. I could not fully articulate the issue, however my wife’s lack of personal engagement with myself and later my children is a serious problem from time to time. There has been anger, denial and greater withdrawal usually when I bring up the subject. The activity interferes with life and intimacy in my relationship.
I for one do believe that any activity can become an obsession and usually, as reading is considered a healthy activity, the addictive reader is both hidden and justified by the comonality and obvious benefits of the activity. This ferociously feeds the denial as few other addicive activities can match. Society is near 100% complicit with exception being possibly groups which use the restriction of information as an agent of control. In general however, who would dare criticize anyone who reads?
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I can honestly say reading is an addiction because I am severely addicted. I barely sleep because I’m too busy with a book. I have called out of work not only to finish a book I’m reading but even because I can’t wait to start the next one. Every time I put my book up to go into work or take a shower or do anything else it almost physically hurts. I seldom speak to anyone outside of customers at work, not even co-workers and most importantly the idea of giving it up even for a few days will break me out in a cold sweat, sometimes hives, and often literal panic attacks. Yes reading can be an addiction.
This is a real addiction, but an addiction like none other that I can think of. With no other addiction can you tell somebody, honestly, that you have a problem and be told in response that it is a good problem.
I was googling reading addiction and not finding anything that took it seriously. Even this essay seems to just pose the question of it’s existence more than address the problem.
Whatever else you take from my story, please understand that for some of us, a reading addiction is not something discussed abstractly. It’s a very real problem, with very real consequences for the people who struggle with it and their families.
At the age of fourteen, my addiction began to take shape. I was constantly reading. I would get off the bus at school, and pull my book out to read on the way to my locker. I developed a “radar” of sorts that would let me focus on the book while still being aware enough of my surroundings to avoid running into anything or anyone. I would have one eye on my book and the other on what I was doing while I arranged my locker and backpack for my first few classes. I would read while I walked to my first class and keep my book out and open until class actually started. The moment class was done, I would put my classwork away, grab my book, and be reading it before I was out the door to my next class.
Hi, my name is Janice, I am thirty years of age and I have been a reading addict since I was fourteen. Looking back, I can see the initial symptoms of the actual addiction beginning around age eight, but it was a few years before the addiction fully set in.
This is a chapter that will stay in my mind for a while as I attempt to decide whether reading as an addiction (or disorder) will make an impact on our society.