Is Internet Addiction a Real Thing?

Dear Lifehacker,
Is it possible for someone to actually be addicted to the Internet? I mean, we all love our phones, and maybe I check mine whenever it buzzes, but is that the same as being addicted to alcohol or drugs? I've heard of people being so addicted to video games that they forgot to eat or feed their kid.… » 3/25/15 1:15pm 3/25/15 1:15pm

This Is What Cocaine Addiction Looks Like In a Transparent Mouse Brain

Last year, neuroscientists unveiled a remarkable new technique called CLARITY that makes whole mouse brains invisible. And now, they're proving it's not just a cool trick. A striking new video shows the complex circuits that light up when mice experience fear or cocaine addiction. » 11/18/14 6:03pm 11/18/14 6:03pm

A Mutant Cocaine-Eating Enzyme Could Cure Addiction and Overdoses

Ready for some weird science? Certain bacteria found in the dirt near coca plants are powered by an enzyme that eats cocaine. Unfortunately, the enzyme breaks down quickly at body temperature, meaning it can't be used to treat human overdoses or addiction. Now, though, researchers have designed a version that can… » 6/24/14 3:40pm 6/24/14 3:40pm

Would These Redesigned Cigarettes Help You Quit Smoking?

Quitting smoking cold turkey takes a rare sort of willpower that most of us will, unfortunately, never know. So for the weaker willed masses looking to kick the habit, these new cigarette packaging concepts may be just what the (questionable) doctor ordered. » 6/02/14 11:40am 6/02/14 11:40am

A New Vaccine Eats Cocaine "Like Pac-Man" to Kick Addiction

Cocaine addictions, which carry a notoriously high relapse rate, may have finally met their match in the form of a simple, long lasting booster vaccine. » 5/13/13 4:20pm 5/13/13 4:20pm

Russian Bears Are Hooked on Huffing Jet Fuel Until They Pass Out

In a display of blatant disregard for Nancy Reagan and her pleas to the contrary, Russia's bears, no longer able to resist the sweet temptation of gasoline, have found themselves suffering from a good, ol' fashioned jet fuel addiction. » 4/05/13 1:06pm 4/05/13 1:06pm

Kick Your Pesky Cocaine Habit By Blasting Your Brain with Lasers

Have you ever had one of those days where you thought to yourself "Boy, I sure wish I didn't have this sexy yet expensive cocaine addiction"? Fortunately for you, there could be a new solution on the horizon, and all you have to do is fry your brain with lasers. Equally sexy. » 4/03/13 4:20pm 4/03/13 4:20pm

How Pornography Addiction Works and Affects Your Life (Update: Or Not!)

For all the jokes, pornography addiction is a real and actual addiction . Really. Stop laughing. I'm serious. No, it's— Look. Porn works like any other addictive substance: It re-wires your brain in ways that make you need it, and probably proves harmful to the rest of your life. (See update below) » 2/20/13 2:40pm 2/20/13 2:40pm

TV Characters Addicted to the Internet: They're Just Like Us!

Wearing yesterday's outfit. Refusing to look away from the screen. Irritability. Power cord-possessiveness. Fake-listening to your IRL friends. TV characters suffering from Internet addiction are just like you and me! » 8/22/12 10:00pm 8/22/12 10:00pm

Researchers Might Have a Way to Beat Heroin Addiction

Morphine is just about the best painkiller out there, as any doctor or any person who's ever been in an accident will tell you. There's just one small problem—it's incredibly addictive. But thanks to some researchers from the University of Colorado and the University of Adelaide, we may have outsmarted that propensity… » 8/15/12 3:20pm 8/15/12 3:20pm

Do You Feel Trapped by Modern Technology?

The NY Times has an interesting trend piece about how big companies—especially Silicon Valley ones—are beginning to institute policies which encourage people to step back from the streams of information coming at them from their various gadgets and focus on what really matters (as far as work goes, at least). » 7/24/12 2:40pm 7/24/12 2:40pm

Intervention: Skyler, Addicted to Bath Salts

In keeping with our ongoing coverage of #bathsaltsummer, today's movie night is actually a single episode of the A&E documentary television series Intervention. We know this isn't a movie, but we hope you'll let it slide. » 6/19/12 7:40pm 6/19/12 7:40pm

A Video Game Designed to Help Doctors to Recognize Drug Abuse

At Northwestern Memorial Hospital, the doctors are training themselves with technology to better recognize the signs of addiction. » 5/26/12 1:20am 5/26/12 1:20am

This Simple Test Can Tell If You're a Facebook Addict

Cold sweats. Shortness of breath. Inability to concentrate. You've got withdrawal symptoms, and you've got them bad. There's only one thing that can help, and that's a long, hard hit of the blue stuff: sweet, nourishing Facebook. That's right, researchers have determined that it's possible to be legitimately addicted… » 5/07/12 2:20pm 5/07/12 2:20pm

Limitless: The Brain-Doping Movie We All Know Was Inspired by Adderall

In Limitless, Bradley Cooper plays Eddie Mora, a down-on-his-luck writer struggling to make progress on the novel he's promised to his publisher. Just when things seem like they couldn't get worse for Eddie, he runs into his ex-girlfriend's brother, a sort-of slimy guy who's gotten himself involved in the… » 5/03/12 7:20pm 5/03/12 7:20pm

Can LSD Cure Your Addictions?

You might not expect one of the most potent hallucinogens of all time to be useful in the treatment of addiction. But weirdly that's exactly what a new study shows. » 3/09/12 7:39am 3/09/12 7:39am

Study: We Love Facebook Because It Tricks Us Into Thinking We're Doing…

When you're perusing your Facebook account, your brain might be fooling you into thinking you're doing something incredibly creative and productive that will improve your life. If only that were true! » 2/07/12 9:40pm 2/07/12 9:40pm

This Gene Fuels Your Impulsive, Addicted Behavior... If You're a Dude

Scientists wanted to know why a particular gene kept coming up in studies related to both addiction and obesity. The connection? Impulsivity. But only for men. » 11/18/11 1:40pm 11/18/11 1:40pm