Britons addicted to coffee, chocolate and FacebookSocial networking addiction tops survey poll
11 February 2009
Social networking website, Facebook comes third in a poll of Briton’s internet addictions, behind chocolate and coffee, which are top of the list.
The survey found that these modern vices have replaced addictions such as drugs, sex and cigarettes.
The poll examined the lifestyles of 3,000 people aged under 30 and quizzed respondents were quizzed on substances and habits they spent the most money on, those they had previously attempted to cut down on or give up and the modern impulses ruling lives in 2009.
And the spectre of the credit crunch looms menacingly over the survey with the practice of checking bank accounts coming in fifth place as the most common addiction.
However, vanity was a more conventional popular vice with beauty products being listed as the fourth most common addiction.
Another technology product also made it onto the list with the Blackberry and iPhone being jointly rated the tenth most common addiction.
The top ten modern addictions in the survey are:
4. Beauty Products
5. Checking bank statements
6. Junk food
7. Celebrity gossip and reality TV
9. Retail therapy
10. The Blackberry/iPhone
The study coincides with the launch of Rehab, a programme examining rehabilitation and addiction on the Living channel.
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