David Wong knows you don’t have to be a smoker, alcoholic, or party animal to be hooked on what somebody’s selling you.
7 Creepy Ways Corporations Are Turning You Into an Addict
#7. We’re Living in a World of Addicts
Tobacco, alcohol, and caffeine alone should cover most of the people reading this, and I haven’t even gotten into the weird gray areas of addiction we’re just beginning to understand (do you eat unhealthy food when stressed and then hate yourself afterward? Do you compulsively buy lottery tickets, or obsessively finish video game levels to the detriment of work/sleep/relationships? Do you shudder at the thought of going a month without your smartphone? Or just a day?).
Because most of us don’t suffer all that much from our addictions (let’s face it, your coffee habit isn’t ruining your life), we’re kind of ignoring something utterly fucking insane, which is that other people have discovered a neurological cheat code that make us do what they want. You see, there’s a secret arms race going on behind the scenes to find out who can master this first, and the implications for the future are almost too insane to comprehend.