The modern vices of our society

time to changeEvery day there are more and more young people that have access to the "evils” of the society in which we live, the alcohol, tobacco and drugs are increasingly available to young people today, who are growing up near "the glass in the hand and the cigarette in the mouth.” The addictions progressively appear earlier among young people and it is because of the society we are living in that makes it inevitable for young people to experience everything. An act that is very easy because they are very close to everything and everything is within reach without much effort and without someone to do something to stop the process. Apart from all this known vices here is a list of some of the new ones that today’s society brings on daily bases, not only for the parent, but for the children as well:

  •    Compulsive exercise – Do you work out a lot? Do you run, ride a bike, swim or take an exercise session on daily bases and feel terribly wrong when you miss one? In other words, the exercise has traversed the line amid fit and possibly risky addiction. Most individuals who work out frequently fit in to the category of those who want at all costs to maintain the physical fitness and the good condition. For those people, consistent exercise is not a compulsion but a corporeal prerequisite like breathing, and no one has accused them of being addicted to air. Still, it is a small fraction of those who exercise and become addicted to it, according to researchers. This dependence has nothing to do with the devoted to exercise or with the distance covered in one session. It is rather linked to the reason that a person has to exercise. And addiction or dependency to exercise happens when someone constantly needs his intense workout routines to provide him with benefits to mind the detriment of their body. Exercise should help them maintain their physical fitness, stamina, mental energy and enthusiasm for life. Can we exercise too little? Undeniably. As much as we can overdo it. Yet, distinctions should be made to find out how much is too much. A lot of talented runners regularly do more than 160 km a week, while in preparation. Others, however, can be seen as addicts with just a few km a week, if exercised with a tear or other injury. A clear example is that of the man who kept on lifting weights despite the huge pain in the chest, because he had to finish his routine. He was lucky to survive to tell his story: he had a heart attack. You don’t have an addiction if you take classes on daily bases. An addiction happens when you work for an hour or two in one gym and then proceed to the next one and continue with the routine because you believe that if you go home you will eat something that will make you fat. Typically, the obsession to be thin can relate to exercise addiction. In many circumstances bodily problems such as bursitis, tendonitis, chipping and exhaustion appear if people try too hard beyond the boundaries of stamina. What is required is to drastically reduce the level of exercise and find the average. This may be particularly problematic for those who are irrational about attaining excellence in everything they do. Recent studies have revealed that adequate workout several times a week, half an hour at a time, it is appropriate in order to preserve cardiac fitness. The only thing we can do is facilitate things not asking our body to do things for our mind. When we are pushing our body too much, we need to question ourselves why we are doing it. We should be capable to retreat or take a vacation. If we ignore the warnings of our body when we start to feel pain, we might end up with a short-term or enduring injury. Exercise should benefit first our body and then our mind. If we want to avoid becoming an addict we need to relate our exercise with a specific activity or set of activities; acquire the correct techniques; be flexible; modify our exercise routine when our work, family obligations, our age or goal line alter too.

  •    Fast food – along with the fast time we live in. US scientists have shown that junk food or fast food can become addiction for children, comparable with addiction to alcohol and drugs in adults. According to them, highly processed food leads to characteristic signs of an addiction, such as loss of control, forbearance and withdrawal. The relationship children have with food is much like the traditional vice to alcohol and drugs. This puts them at serious risk in adulthood. They are more liable to be addictive than grownups because their brains have not yet developed impulsive control. And early exposure to addictive foods can lead to much more dangerous vices. The best way to have the children healthy is to eradicate the possibility of eating junk food in all areas of life, starting at home and ending at school, rather than just providing them with a greater access to fruits and vegetables. No one goes crazy for broccoli or eats strawberries until vomiting. If these youngsters are so used to ingesting junk food other foods simply cannot compete with it. And scholars do not have option to choose where to eat, so it is even more imperious to make the school lunch as healthy.

  •    Gaming – Obsession with video games (consoles, phones, computers, etc.) means a strong dependence on them that is described by an activity that takes up a lot of the time in the life of the person that he continues practicing despite having negative effects on him. Some of the issues that parents and educators should be look for are:

    -       He gives the impression to be absorbed by playing, not answering when spoken to;

    -       Feels too much stress and even tightness the jaws when playing;

    -       Doesn’t look away from the television or the screen;

    -       Begins to lose interest in other activities that were once practiced;

    -       Sleep disorder;

    -       Increased estrangement from family and friends;

    -       Problems with studies;


    -       Doesn’t respect the stipulated schedules.

    The causes of video game addiction are very diverse, but we can point to the following:

    -       Dependent Personality: there are people whose personalities are more susceptible to vices than others.
    -       Family problems (miscommunication, misunderstanding, dramatic separations, little child dedication for work reasins…)
    -       School/Social problems. Poor integration in a crowd of people, loneliness, school demotivation.


    We are not saying that video games are a threat by themselves, since everything depends on the use and control exercised over them. Therefore, addictions are not focused on the game itself, but in the uncontrolled and abusive way that may occur. Some recommendations for parents or educators are:

    -       Perform together with the children a schedule that can be evenly distributed over time;

    -       Propose new activities that are of interest;

    -       Using video games as a "compensation” for the successful completion of their work, showing that the study comes first.

    Finally, some parents may need to enlist help of a professional with whom they can receive all the help they need to disengage from the console, which does not mean to totally playing video games.

  • Phone – has become additional member of the family. We bring it everywhere – when we are having dinner, when we eat or while performing an additional chore at the same time. Frequently, the absence of time and the parents’ fatigue makes the mobile phone to become a playmate and succored entertainment while making dinner or other chores… and it is comfortable when they are being silent. But can this have detrimental effects for the child? Although it seems like the ideal distraction, some parents are beginning to worry and with good reason. While the child is "playing” with the phone he is immobile, passive and silent, not speaking, not moving, not playing, doesn’t create, doesn’t relate with others… etc. All studies agree that too much time with phones gives rise to children’s problems, such as:

    -       Promotes obesity. Since it is a totally sedentary activity it involves the lack and absence of physical exercise.

    -       Decreasing in school performance. The ability to reason is disturbed, the child is too lazy to think, los4s agility and confidence to do it, and it is normal to avoid it. A lower fluidity of verbal expression and a delay in writing and reading appears.

    -       Sleep disturbance. Playing with the phone all the time affect te sleep quality, but also the content can be violent, which increases the fear and aggressive fantasy.

All these modern vices are disconcerting, but we must try not to become a victim to a fixation. Remember always that our close ones can develop an addictive conduct and that when we are acquainted with the possibilities we can learn how to circumvent them. And what is yours or your children’s vice?



1 comment

Harmful habits are inculcated us by consumer society. This problem is difficult.
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