Chess Addiction - a Study / Analysis
This is my googling on chess addiction.
may be it can be linked to any games addcition / online addiction.. and not limited to chess.com addiction..lol
Please contribute... thanks in advance
i was just searching for addictions
Addiction may be defined as the continued use of a mood altering substance or behaviour despite adverse consequences. Alternatively, it may be defined as a neurological impairment leading to such behaviors.
Model of impulsivity
The model of impulsivity states that individuals high in impulsivity are at greater risk of addictive behaviours. The model proposes a two dimensional trait characteristic for the initiation and continuation of substance/behavioural abuse:
- Reward Drive (RD) - reflects individual differences in sensitivities to incentive motivation and engagement of addictive behaviour when reward cues are detected. 
- Rash Impulsiveness (RI) - reflecting individual differences in the ability to modify the addictive behaviour due to negative consequences. Individuals high in RI are oblivious or insensitive to the negative consequences as a result of addictive behaviour when engagement is craved.
Addictive behavior is any activity, substance, object, or behavior that becomes the major focus of a person's life, during which they withdraw from other activities. Along with this, there are often other signs of having an addiction either physically, mentally, or socially.
A person can become addicted with nearly anything. Some researchers imply that there are similarities between physical addiction to various chemicals, such as alcohol and heroin, and psychological dependence to activities such as compulsive gambling, sex, work, running, shopping, or eating disorders. The type of activities which some people find addictive include gambling, food, sex, pornography, computers, video games, internet, work, exercise, spiritual obsession (as opposed to religious devotion), pain,cutting and shopping.
Compulsive behaviors are rooted in a need to reduce tension caused by inner feelings that a person wants to avoid or control. Compulsive behaviors are repetitive and are often performed in a ritualistic manner.
These behaviors may involve sex, food, making excessive charitable contributions, gambling, spending, watching television, browsing web sites, reading, cleaning, washing, nicotine, caffeine, alcohol, or other drugs. The key point is that the activity is not connected to the purpose it appears to be directed to, and is likely to be excessive. Examples could be a person who is afraid of bonding with a partner choosing to zone out with the TV, or a person who has never had enough love filling up on a gallon of ice cream.
It is thought that these behavior activities may produce beta-endorphins (see Neurobiological basis of addiction) in the brain, which makes the person feel "high." Some experts suggest that if a person continues to engage in the activity to achieve this feeling of well-being and euphoria, he/she may get into an addictive cycle.
In so doing, he/she becomes physically addicted to his/her own brain chemicals, leading to a continuation of the behavior, even though it may have negative health or social consequences.
Among compulsive behaviors, addictive behavior sets itself apart in that it inevitably escalates. A web of deceit, cover-ups, and detachment from a sense of self escalate. Harmful consequences can be external (e.g., loss of employment, auto accidents) or internal (e.g., detachment, depression, lack of ability to feel or concentrate). There may also be physical consequences such as illness, hypertension and memory loss.