Strange Addictions Quiz

By: Caitlin Uttley

Strange Addictions Quiz
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About This Quiz

Some people's bad habits are out in the open, but most addictions are well-kept secrets. How much do you really know about the things people just can't stop doing? Take this quiz to test your knowledge.
Rhinotillexomania is a addiction to what?
getting reconstructive surgery
biting your fingernails
picking your nose
Rhinotillexomania refers to the compulsive desire to pick your nose. If you then go on to eat what you find in there, it's known as automucophagy.

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A person who is "addicted to love" might do which of the following?
obsess over a romantic love interest
jump around from partner to partner
both of the above
Love addiction shows itself in more than one way. Some love addicts become overly attached to one person, while others are addicted to the emotional high associated with a new relationship and try to experience it again and again by jumping around from person to person.

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Some people can become addicted to foods they're allergic to. Why?
The chemicals the body releases during an allergic reaction can become addictive.
When you have an allergic reaction to something, your body releases a bunch of chemicals, including endorphins. People can become addicted to this chemical high and start to crave the things they're allergic to.
The body develops allergies to addictive substances to protect you from them.
People always want what they can't have.

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Why do addicts keep doing things they know are bad for them?
Addiction causes people to seek out things that are bad for them.
Addiction rewires the brain to ignore negative consequences.
The addiction is stronger than their ability to control their actions.
One of the major indicators of addiction is the lack of control over your actions. An addiction causes a person to want to continue a behavior despite any negative consequences. As a result, addiction is truly a powerful impulse.

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Addiction to working (workaholism) will go away if a person switches to a less-demanding job.
TRUE
FALSE
Workaholism is a compulsive disorder, meaning it's part of the way a person's brain functions and isn't related to a person's job. Workaholics will be addicted to working no matter what job they have.
Sometimes; it varies from person to person.

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People who engage in geophagy have a compulsive desire to eat what?
glass
dirt
Geophagy refers to eating dirt and is one form of a disorder called pica. Scientists think that it's the body's subconscious way of getting essential minerals a person might be lacking, and it's especially common in pregnant women. Eating wood (xylophagy) and glass (hyalophagy) are also forms of pica.
wood

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About how many hours per week does the average Internet addict spend online?
24
38
It may not seem like much, but an Internet addict spends 38 hours online per week, on average. That's almost 5.5 hours per day. When you consider most people spend 16 hours each day working and sleeping, this leaves fewer than three hours for everything else.
63

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People can be genetically predisposed to addiction and addictive behaviors.
TRUE
Studies show that genetics play a big role in vulnerability to addiction.
FALSE
Scientists don't know whether genetics play a part in addiction.

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Which of the following is NOT a withdrawal symptom of caffeine addiction?
headache
chest pain
dehydration
More than half of coffee drinkers say they experience withdrawal symptoms when they try to cut back on the beverage. These symptoms include headaches, chest pains, fatigue, nausea and restlessness. Dehydration, on the other hand, is sometimes caused by caffeine consumption, not withdrawal.

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People who claim to be addicted to cosmetic surgery are often thought to be suffering from this condition.
body modification disorder
body dysmorphic disorder
People who suffer from body dysmorphic disorder are overly preoccupied with their looks, especially what they see as flaws in their appearance. One of the symptoms of this disorder is being obsessed with modifying the appearance through cosmetic surgery.
Botox syndrome

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