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Gambling, Gaming and Extreme Behavior
Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D.
The "cash out" function in British sports betting has become very popular with gamblers. Should we be concerned?
Extreme leisure pursuits have risen in popularity. Academics have claimed that one such pursuit, rock climbing, may be addictive.
A market research company claimed to have found the world's most 'addictive sounds'. But can sounds really be addictive and cause craving?
There has been increased research into "smartphone addiction" but what are people really addicted to (if they are addicted at all)?
Love bombing is when someone showers you with attention, promising the world, but when you respond they go cold and stop responding. What do we know about this phenomenon?
Over the past few years, research on problematic social media use has increased greatly. But what can we do to cut down on the amount of social media we consume?
A new law is to be passed in the UK making 'upskirting' a new criminal offence.
Social media operators have been accused of using psychological techniques to hook its users—particularly adolescents. Is there any evidence to support the claims?
Problem gambling has become a major issue of public concern worldwide. This article looks at 10 ways to help minimise and prevent problem gambling.
In recent years, a number of papers have been published on entrepreneurship addiction. Does it really exist? How does it differ from work addiction?
Some claim that the rush of driving fast can be addictive. Is there any evidence to support that idea?
Over the last year there have been anecdotal reports of 'crypto-trading addiction'. If it exists, is it just another form of gambling addiction?
Recent media reports and research claim that some individuals are "addicted" to taking selfies. Let's look at the science behind the claims.
Many scholars claim that crime can be addictive. This article takes another look at 'theft as an addiction' based on the work of psychologist Dr. John C. Brady
A brief look at some of the strange, bizarre and non-traditional addictions that have been written about in the academic literature.
Online sports betting has become big business worldwide. How is advertising and marketing used to get you to bet?
What can we do about it problematic, excessive use?
It was 50 years ago today that the first episode of 'Columbo' aired on TV. This article looks at the psychology of television's greatest detective.
Research into 'workaholism' and 'work addiction' appears to have grown over the last decade and most view the constructs as interchangeable. But is that really the case?
The taking of selfies has become hugely popular but recent research suggests that some individuals have what has been termed selfitis, the obsessive taking of selfies.
Obscene phone calling has existed for decades yet there has been little research into it. What do we know about it psychologically?
Sports gambling advertising is now commonplace, but there is little research on it. Two studies examine junk food, gender and alcohol in gambling ads.
Gambling on sporting events is an incredibly popular activity, but what evidence is there that this particular type of gambling can be problematic?
It has been alleged that David Bowie had many addictions during his career (cocaine, sex). Despite such alleged behavior, David Bowie taught me lots of things. Here are 10 of them.
Over the last 20 years, there have been stories about individuals that have accidentally or deliberately snorted the ashes of another person. But does 'cremainlining' really exist?
Those individuals with smoking fetishes (capnolagnia) are presumed to be rare but there has been a growing amount of psychological research looking at sexualised smoking behavior.
The use of bodily fluids as part of art works appears to be on the increase. But what is the psychological motivation and is there an association with mental disorders?
Mark Griffiths, Ph.D., is a chartered psychologist and Director of the International Gaming Research Unit in the Psychology Division at Nottingham Trent University.
My blog takes a look at addictive, obsessive and compulsive behaviors such as gambling and video gaming, as well as other behavioral addictions involving behaviors such as sex, exercise, and shopping.