Undo the Damage: 21 Unhealthy Obsessions You Should Quit Immediately

Obsessions have the potential to disrupt our relationships, work, and overall well-being. Recently, an internet survey asked, “What’s an unhealthy obsession people have?” We’ve listed the top 21 answers below.

Looking Young

Looking Young
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“The ironic part is that the things people do to make themselves look younger just make them look worse.”

Looking Young

Looking Young
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“Some people distort their faces and figures into oblivion; they’re entirely unrecognizable. I’ve bumped into people and not known who they were until I heard their voice.”

“They start looking like this homogeneous mass of the altered.”

24-Hour News Cycles

24-Hour News Cycles
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“If people just turned off the news, 90% of our culture war would disappear overnight, and we could focus on the real issues.”

24-Hour News Cycles

24-Hour News Cycles
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“The way the media is set up nowadays, it’s hard. If you don’t read the news, you’re uninformed. If you do read the news, you’re misinformed.”

Arguing With Strangers

Arguing With Strangers
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“Arguing on the internet is like wrestling a brick wall. You’re not going to get anywhere.”

Arguing With Strangers

Arguing With Strangers
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“People aren’t open to good discussion and taking points away. They’re right, you’re wrong.”

“True. I know I’ll never persuade the person I’m arguing with, but still, I argue.”

True Crime

True Crime
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“I got hooked on the Idaho student murders case. I joined all the subreddits and checked them daily (hourly, if I’m being honest).”

True Crime

True Crime
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“It’s weird. Apparently, there are subs dedicated to the suspect, who some people think is cute. True crime is morbidly fascinating, but clearly, some people take it way too far.”

Bragging About Minimal Sleep

Bragging About Minimal Sleep
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“We get it; you got 3 hours of sleep: that sucks, but it’s not the flex you think it is.

“So many people want to brag about working 12-hour days, seven days a week, with zero sleep, I’m thinking; who wants to live that kind of life? Money isn’t worth it.”

Bragging About Minimal Sleep

Bragging About Minimal Sleep
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“Why are these people one-upping each other over how little rest they get!? It’s insane.”

Being First

Being First
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“It’s okay if you beat me to the pump, checkout line, or freeway exit; I’m patient, and it’s a virtue.”

Being First

Being First
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“People who rush while driving bug me so much, particularly when you end up pulling up with them because they hit the same red light. They made no difference to their journey time but made life exponentially more dangerous for everyone.”

Social Media

Social Media
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“My friend spends every waking hour on FB, constantly updating the world on her life.”

“It’s very sad. I think social media can be really toxic for some people. Needing to show your life off to other people has always seemed odd to me.”

Social Media

Social Media
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“Those people’s identities are so wrapped up in their online presence. They think not having one means you have no identity at all.”

Celebrities

Celebrities
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“Inclusive of influencers, streamers, etc. Not everybody needs to be a brand. The overwhelming majority of us are just ordinary humans – and that’s okay.”

Celebrities

Celebrities
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“I see this a lot on AskReddit. A lot of fantasizing and too many para-social relationships with them.”

Productivity

Productivity
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“My whole office grabs their lunch and eats at their desk while working. You literally get 1.5-hour breaks if you want; what are you doing?”

“Everybody needs a break, not just every once in a while, but often.”

Productivity

Productivity
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“Go outside for a walk or something; get away from the computer for a minute while you can!”

What Others Are Doing

What Others Are Doing
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“So long as they’re not hurting anyone, just leave people alone.”

“I don’t care what or who you are. Just be decent, and don’t try to meddle with my life; we’ll be cool.”

What Others Are Doing

What Others Are Doing
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“Busy-bodies need to mind their own business.”

Their Phones

Their Phones
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“Let yourself be bored; it’s important sometimes; it makes you think and clears your head. Phones make it too easy to avoid boredom, to the point where it isn’t healthy.”

Their Phones

Their Phones
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“I believe this contributed to the demise of my marriage. He could not put the phone down for anything. I would beg for one dinner without it; he absolutely could not do it.”

Being Right

Being Right
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“This is a big one for me. It’s okay to be wrong. It means you can learn.”

“This is just a one-way ticket to being a miserable person. I tend to assume they lack critical thinking and curiosity.”

Being Right

Being Right
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“Dropping any form of ego is the first step. It is infuriating at times.”

Their Bad Relationship

Their Bad Relationship
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“Being single is the happiest I’ve been in my entire life. I wish I could go back and tell myself not to waste energy on people who would never treat me the way I deserved.”

Their Bad Relationship

Their Bad Relationship
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“Just getting out of a 15-year relationship; I’m lucky he ended it; I probably never would have. It was not very healthy for either of us.”

Calling While Driving

Calling While Driving
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“If it’s so important that it can’t possibly wait, then pull over. But, there are few things so important they can’t wait 15 minutes.”

Calling While Driving

Calling While Driving
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“Right! Those people are on their phones as they leave a parking spot. They couldn’t bother to finish what they were doing before they started driving?”

Upvotes And Likes

Upvotes And Likes
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“I was often worrying about the downvotes or thinking about upvotes, comments, and posts. It was taking up a lot of brain space, and I was allowing myself to get sucked in. So, I deleted all my accounts.”

Upvotes And Likes

Upvotes And Likes
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“People who live like this are so pathetic and insecure; imagine basing your whole life around what strangers think of your food photos!”

Professional Sports

Professional Sports
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“If you are rioting following a victory or loss by your team, it is time to seek counseling.”

“The worst are opposing fans fighting each other at games. It’s pathetic; it’s just a game.”

Professional Sports

Professional Sports
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“People started camping along the parade route at 4 am so they could see some overpaid athletes go by on a bus.”

Status Symbols

Status Symbols
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“People are spending hundreds of dollars to look like Disney characters in those big, red, dumb rubber boots.”

Status Symbols

Status Symbols
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“Americans and their obsession with iPhones and the stupid color of the bubbles.”

Craft Beers

Craft Beers
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“It’s not a lifestyle. It’s not a personality trait. I’m just a dude enjoying an alcoholic beverage. Once it becomes more than that, it’s not healthy.”

Craft Beers

Craft Beers
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“I work in that scene; people build social media accounts dedicated to posing with craft beers, aspiring to be influencers. We get it; you drink a lot. It’s not the badge of honor you think it is.”

Reddit

Reddit
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“Somehow, I ended up moderating eight different subs along the way; it has taken over my life. I need help.”

“I can’t quit! You don’t understand! It’s holding my wife and kids hostage!”

Reddit

Reddit
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“I constantly say, “I read this thing on Reddit…” to my girlfriend; she rolls her eyes every time.”

Iced Coffee

Iced Coffee
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“I just got a mocha frappe from Mcdonald’s, and I’m pretty sure my new obsession with iced coffee is unhealthy. Tastes way too good to be acceptable.”

Iced Coffee

Iced Coffee
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“Your morning coffee CAN be 600 calories; isn’t that what it really means to be an American?”

“I’ve made frappuccinos with two days’ worth of calories. But it’s made with soy, so it’s healthy, right?”

Taking Photos

Taking Photos
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“I went abroad and took two or three pictures of the whole trip; just because I didn’t want to be like the tourists who kept taking pictures.”

Taking Photos

Taking Photos
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“I just want one holiday where we don’t need to pose or take a picture of every single thing we eat.”

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