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According to a new study, playing a quick game of Tetris can help fight cravings among smokers, people attempting to stop drinking and those avoiding junk food. The study from Plymouth University in the UK, tested the “Elaborated Intrusion Theory” which is based on the idea that cravings are largely associated with mental imagery. The concept suggests that if you give the brain something visual to do—like stacking Tetris blocks—the cravings will subside. During the research, people experiencing actual cravings observed a 24% drop in the desire for the thing they wanted after playing the classic video game for three minutes. One of the researchers explained to Medicalxpress, “By playing Tetris, just in short bursts, you are preventing your brain creating those enticing images and without them the craving fades.” It’s just further evidence that old school videos are awesome ... Discuss

Do you suffer from frustration and anxiety when you don’t have access to your smartphone or the Internet? If so, you may be suffering from a form of technology addiction. Don’t worry though, you’re not alone. According to new research from the software company FrontRange, an emotional dependence on technology is increasingly common. They recently surveyed 800 smartphone users in the UK and found that nearly half of them check their phones at least every hour. Two thirds said that they wouldn’t be able to go without their phones for even a day. More than half said that they suffer from actual anxiety when they are unable to access their mobile device. If you can relate to the findings, the researchers have some advice: Go on a tech detox. They found that if people decide to only use their phones during emergencies, within about a week, the signs of tech dependency began to subside. (Of course, reading slices on RELEVANTmagazine.com counts as an emergency) … Discuss

The homeless advocacy organization Degage Ministries has posted this video of a recent makeover they gave to a homeless Army veteran named Jim Wolf. Since the physical transformation, Mr. Wolf has undergone a life transformation as well—he is receiving help for addiction struggles and is scheduled to get his own housing soon. You can go here to learn more about the outreaches of Degage Ministries … Discuss

Here’s a look at the country’s one and only inpatient Internet addiction center, where online addicts shell out $14,000 for a 10-day digital detox. And because insurance companies don’t recognize Internet addiction as an actual medical disorder, that cost is all-out-of-pocket. But, according to Dr. Kimberly Young, who runs the treatment facility in Pennsylvania, the condition is very real—and very dangerous. In an interview (ironically, via Skype) with a news station in Florida, she said, "I still understand it's controversial. People say, 'is it really an addiction? Is it not? What's an addiction?' Well, anything obviously can be an addiction when you talk about something so serious that it's jeopardized relationships or careers." According to Young, addiction goes beyond just spending a lot of time online on your favorite websites (like browsing the endless wit of slices on RELEVANTmagazine.com); love of the Internet only becomes a problem when it takes over someone’s life. "Really it's not about, 'Oh, I just use my iPhone too much. It's really become a very pathological sense. It's a compulsive disorder, something that you're not able to control, and now it's jeopardized something important in your life" … Discuss