10 Common Habits That Could Easily Become Destructive

Everybody has everyday habits, and none of them is intrinsically bad or destructive. Some are pretty beneficial, such as laying out your work clothes the night before or turning off the lights when you leave a room. However, some behaviors, such as biting your nails, drinking soda or caffeine late in the day, or hitting the snooze button too often, may not be so healthy. Continue reading to see our list of bad habits that could become a disaster if mishandled.

#1 Swearing

Destructive Swear Words

Swearing is a habit that is becoming too popular in today’s society. In the past, swearing was reserved for adults who performed the habit in a very private setting. Swearing is the use of “Taboo language” in public. Whether Swearing is a bad habit is still being debated. However, how much of it is too much? Can the regular use of such words turn into an uncontrollable reflex action?

Some Psychologist argues that using swear words may be some sort of stress reliever in proper context; however, society and the media is yet to accept that paradigm and still frown heavily on people who are prone to using swear words in public.

Religious organizations are no exception when it comes to the intolerance for the use and of people who have adopted the habit of swearing and cursing. So, if you reside within a Christian environment, it’s not a good choice to go around using any swear word, no matter the context. You would be discriminated against or face being isolated by the community. In summary, using swear words indiscriminately would lead to your destruction. Avoid it!

#2 Laziness

Being Lazy Is Very Counter Productive And A Common Destructive Habit

Being lazy is a pretty common phenomenon that has existed even before Homo sapiens. It is deduced that our predecessors spent a lot of time conserving energy, they did not get stuff quickly done like we have today. So, they spent most of their time resting and being idle.

A person is lazy if he is capable of performing an activity that he should perform but is unwilling to do so due to the effort required. Instead, he haphazardly performs the task; he engages in a less strenuous or boring occupation, or he remains inactive. In other words, if his desire to save time and effort exceeds his desire to do the appropriate or expected thing, he is being lazy.

People become lazy for many reasons, some of the reasons could be;

  • the lack of motivation
  • having no defined goals in life
  • the burden of responsibility, and many others.

We all occasionally act lazy, but the continuous indulgence of this habit would become utterly destructive. In other words, if we repeat the habit of wasting time on our bed or couch, or even on our gadgets, then we are up for a disappointing life. Resting or having some relaxation time does not mean you are lazy. Neither are we saying you should spend the whole time of the day doing some chores or burying your head in work. No!

Common Destructive Habit confused With Laziness

A person is lazy if he is capable of performing an activity that he should perform but is unwilling to do so due to the work needed.

Instead, he haphazardly performs the work; engages in another, less strenuous or boring activity; or remains inactive. In short, somebody is lazy if his desire to save himself works outweighs his desire to do the appropriate or expected thing.

Procrastination

Procastination

Procrastination and idleness should not be confused with laziness.

Laziness and procrastination are both characterized by a lack of motivation. A procrastinator, on the other hand, strives and intends to accomplish the task and does so ultimately, but at a larger cost to himself.

Both laziness and procrastination imply that a person lacks motivation. However, unlike a lazy person, a procrastinator wants and intends to accomplish the task and does so ultimately, albeit at a higher cost to himself.

Is Idleness The Same as Laziness?

Idleness is defined as not accomplishing anything. This could be due to laziness, but it could also be due to a lack of work or being temporarily unable to accomplish it. Or maybe you’ve already done it and are resting or recovering.

#3 Addiction to Television

Watching Too Much Television Might Become A Habit

Television was created as a means to spread information rapidly and as a source of entertainment. No one ever thought that this remarkable invention would cause folks to miss important moments of their lives. But, Is Binge-watching an addictive or destructive behavior? 

Haven’t you made certain plans on certain occasions but ended up postponing acting upon the plan because the new Psychological thriller is trending on your favorite TV streaming platform?

Scientists have not yet declared a set of symptoms that diagnose addiction to Television, but there is also a growing concern for similar behavior patterns of long-term TV watchers to those of people who suffer from a different addiction.

According to Healthline, a study published in the early 2000s showed that people who watch a lot of TVs might make certain statements concerning their behavior that are strikingly similar to those of drug users. People have reported feeling guilty about watching too much TV or have stated that they need to spend more time watching TV than they previously did just to get the same amount of satisfaction.

Watching Television

While watching Tv may not be such a bad thing, as everybody watches TV these days, it can become a destructive behavior. For starters, it is great destruction of other life goals, students often find it difficult to concentrate when studying under conditions that put them in front of a TV. Scientists have also debunked the idea that “multi-tasking” means “studying while watching TV makes students more productive”. Sorry to burst your bubble, but that’s counterproductive.

Making it a habit of studying, performing a task that requires concentration, and watching television is nothing short of utter self-destruction. Desist from it!

No matter how you would want to give TVs the benefits of the doubt, they are indeed culprits of distraction, and the amount of attention given to them should be moderately regulated.

#5 Compulsive Eating

Bad Eating Habit Could Lead To Many Health Implications

excessive and compulsive eating is a habit most of us disguise under the disingenuous claim of hunger. Consider the last time you ate so much that you were filled. Were you cutting into a massive birthday cake for a friend? At Thanksgiving, are you stuffing yourself with turkey and sweet potatoes? Or were you alone at home, perhaps after a long day? After that, how did you feel? Angry because you got yourself a stomachache? Or were you plagued by feelings of guilt or shame?

What exactly is a compulsive eating disorder?

Just like you binge-watch a TV show, it is also possible to binge eat food. People with compulsive overeating may eat on binges on occasion, but they may also “graze,” nibbling at food throughout the day. They may obsessively think about food, covertly fantasizing about eating and devising ways to eat by themselves.

How it all began

In some circumstances, people overeat merely out of habit, such as usually sitting down with a bag of chips in front of the TV (damn it, two bad habits forming at the same time) at night. However, it is frequently the outcome of underlying emotional issues. A negative body image might play a significant effect.

Many people experience compulsive overeating as part of a cycle that begins with a restrictive diet. May refers to this as the “eat, repent, repeat” cycle. You might start a diet because you’re unhappy with your weight or size, but you’ll find it difficult to stick to, especially if you use food as a coping mechanism. You eventually reach a tipping point and gorge on “forbidden” foods, and then the guilt and humiliation kick in, and the limitations resume.

Consequences of Over Eating

Bad Eating Habits Could Lead To Destructive Behaviour

Overeating has a lot of observational physical consequences that could be not only addictive bad habit but also life-threatening. Obsessive overeating frequently results in weight gain. However, not everyone who has a compulsive eating disorder lives in a larger body. Compulsive overeating can affect people of diverse body weights and shapes.

It is common for those who suffer from compulsive overeating to simultaneously have diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, anxiety, or depression. When compulsive overeating coexists with another illness, it typically complicates the unhealthy habit.

#6 Fast Driving

Overspeeding Is A Very Bad Habit That Endangers Lives

You might ask “Is speed driving a habit?”, well, with recent studies and investigations carried out on drivers who claim to get a certain “kick” from blasting their vehicles at high speeds down the highway, it is without a doubt that speed driving is becoming a habit.

In the united states, overspeeding is the most common on-road violation, with an average of 112,000 drivers getting tickets each day. It gets worse than that; according to the National Safety Council (NSC), 26% of all deadly road accidents involve over-speeding. Young adults are the most common culprits of overspeeding, no doubt. This is evident in the NSC report which stated that at least 30% of male drivers between the age of 21 and 24 years involved in an accident were speeding at the time of the incident.

Speeding is a habit that may be destructive to not just your livelihood but a threat to your life and the life of others involved in the accident. Every road has its speed limit; adhering to such rules would significantly reduce the number of fatal accidents and deaths seen in traffic.

Is Driving an Addiction?

This has always been a debate, “why can’t folks just keep to the speed limit?” Scientists are also perplexed as this “condition” is not very well studied. Mark D. Griffiths Ph.D. writes in his article, Addicted to Speed? (Not the Drug) on Psychology Today about the uncertainty in the science field concerning the nature of the over speeding habit.

Academically, there’s been little empirical research on the topic although quite a few scholars have claimed and/or made arguments that speeding can be addictive.

Mark quotes a 1997 book, “Cars and behavior: Psychological barriers to car restraint and sustainable urban transport.”, written by prominent psychologists. In the book, they also investigate the addictive nature of speeding.

The car—and the motorbike—allow the individual to expose himself to exactly the level of danger he wants. It is not an overstatement to say that, at these times, drivers are experiencing a kind of narcotic effect, which can produce the same addictive response as more conventional drugs. There is sometimes a very fine line between ‘speeding’ and ‘speeding’! -This addiction to speed among some drivers is excellently expressed in the term ‘speedaholics. – Diekstra, R., & Kroon, M. (1997)

Overspeeding Is A Destrcutive Common Habit
Overspeeding Is A Destructive Common Habit

While the consensus around the idea of “speeding addiction” is a bit shaky, it is no doubt that many people derive a rush from blasting their vehicles at unwarranted speeds. Emulating such a habit is most definitely very destructive. If you don’t believe me, take a look at what scientist Gerry Forbes had to say about speed driving.

“Typical motorists are not dominated by a need for speed, precluding a clinical finding of speed addiction. Speeding, it seems, is a behavior that has addictive elements without being an addiction…In the end, while speeding is not necessarily an addiction, it is harmful to individuals and society. The harm produced by speeding is of the same order of magnitude as heroin and cocaine.” 

Fast driving stands out amongst other everyday bad habits listed in our list of destructive bad habits because, unlike others, it not only endangers you but also endangers the life of other innocent victims. When it comes to driving, it cannot be over-emphasized that you have the life of others in your hands and the steering wheel in its clutches (pun intended:)).

#7 Soda Overdose

How Much Soda Do You Drink A Day
How Much Soda Do You Drink A Day

Get ready because this might sting a bit. Soda is a very popular sugary drink and is as famous as Coffee. However, unlike Coffee which contains one addictive ingredient(we’d be looking at this in a while, hold your horses), Soda contains the same addictive ingredient as Coffee and even more, it could be classified as a sweetened beverage and is among the top 10 of the most consumed beverages in the world.

What makes Soda so dangerous?

There are a variety of soda manufacturers around the globe with each having its secret recipe for the beverage. One thing they all share in common is the disastrous amount of sugar in one can of such a drink. For example, coca-cola has 35 grams of sugar in just one can. But how much sugar are 37 grams in relatable terms?

If you’ve made it a habit of taking one can of cola a day, then you’re talking about 7 teaspoons of sugar per day. That’s almost the recommended daily amount of sugar you’re taking in one sitting. Then, rightly I would ask, how many cans of soda do you take per day? Also, you’re probably taking a snack with the drink? That’s even more sugar.

If you do a breakdown of the amount of processed sugar you’re taking daily, you find that it’s way more than the recommended figure. Then you add soda to it, which shoots the figure through the sky. Soda Overdose is not just a destructive behavior, it’s a habit that would affect your health and is life-threatening.

Are people taking that much Soda?

The Bad Habit Of Excessively Drinking Soda Is Destructive

According to Statista.com, a report in 2018 suggested that people in the United States take about 38.87 gallons (175.9337 liters) per person of soda yearly. Furthermore, nearly half of U.S citizens take soda every day with an average of 2.6 glasses per day, that’s almost three cans.

On the other hand, in 2018, a citizen of the UK consumed about 211.1 liters of soda per annum. Checking around the globe, we’d notice that the figures aren’t so different. While efforts to curb the consumption of soda have been made, in 2020, we’d still see figures of 89.7 liters of consumption of soda per annum in the European Union.

Can you be addicted to Soda?

Drugs, prescription medications, sex, and smartphone usage are all examples of substances and behaviors that can lead to addiction. However, there is no formal definition for soda addiction, and there is currently insufficient data to show that it is a real condition.

The term “soda addiction” refers to the inability to stop consuming soda in large quantities. It can lead to a variety of physical health issues, such as weight gain and tooth decay.

How to know you’re addicted to Soda?

The majority of the symptoms of soda addiction are linked to the functioning of your brain and nervous system. when you develop the following symptoms, it is most likely that you’ve become addicted to the drink

  • Cravings for the drink
  • Having thirst that water doesn’t satisfy until you take soda.
  • Cant regulate your soda intake.
  • Feeling sad when you’ve not taken Soda for some time.

What are the dangers of taking Soda?

It’s easier to become addicted to soda than you might believe because it contains multiple potentially addictive compounds such as caffeine, salt, sugar, or artificial sweeteners. These consequences of overconsuming soda make it the most destructive habit on the list of common daily habits.

Sugary drinks and sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) are the most common sources of added sugar in the American diet. Many health problems are linked to taking soda; Weight gain/obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, renal disease, non-alcoholic liver disease, tooth decay and cavities, and gout, a kind of arthritis, are all linked to drinking sugar-sweetened beverages often. Limiting SSB consumption can help people maintain a healthy weight and eat a balanced diet.

#8 Hair Picking

Pulling Hair Is A Common Habit And Is Due To Stress

You may think Hair picking is only a condition for psychotic patients, but it’s becoming a phenomenon we witness outside of psychiatric hospitals as well. Hair picking or pulling could become not just a silly habit but one that could become a destructive disorder. You could be doing it unconsciously, and you need to stop before it gets out of control.

How do you become addicted to picking your hair?

Picking your hair from time to time or on certain occasions as a result of stress or anxiety might not be considered a habit that would be health threatening. However, when you find yourself doing it regularly, then you may have developed a disorder called Trichotillomania.

How can Hair Pulling become a disorder?

We already said picking on your hair could become a disorder, remember, we said doctors call it Trichotillomania. Trichotillomania (TTM) is a mental illness in which persons have an uncontrollable urge to pull their hair out. According to research, TTM affects 0.5 to 2% of the population. You would ask, “why would anyone pull their hair?” well, studying Trichotillomania can be very tricky, as the cause of the condition is not known.

Nonetheless, Scientists believe several factors contribute to its development. Age, Genes, stress, and other mental disorders may work together in the course of the progression of the habit into a destructive mental condition where the patient does it uncontrollably and unconsciously.

It was noticed that Trichotillomania or hair picking begins during the teenage age range of 10 -13 years. If not detected early enough, it may become a daily habit that could last a lifetime and would be difficult to manage.

Why do People pull their hair?

  • Trichotillomania can be triggered by extreme stress in some persons. Situations such as familial conflict, abuse, or the death of a friend or family member can all cause stress.
  • Pulling can be used to escape or avoid unpleasant situations, and the brief release from these negative emotions can help to perpetuate the action through a negative reinforcement cycle.
  • Studies comparing emotional regulation in people who pull and people who don’t discover that people who pull had more trouble managing negative affective states than people who don’t.
  • Boredom may also cause some people to get drawn in.

Hair picking is very mysterious, do they pull their hair after thinking about it? Does it make them feel relieved? Can they control how they pick their hair? We’ve all gone through stressful times where the suitable stress reliever was picking out our hair. However, you should do as much as possible to avoid picking on them.

Although there is no known method to avoid trichotillomania, seeking therapy as soon as symptoms appear can be extremely beneficial. Hair-pulling behavior is commonly triggered by stress; thus learning stress management is an intelligent option.

Final Remarks

It takes time and works to break unhealthy habits, but most importantly, it needs patience. Most people who attempt to overcome unhealthy behaviors fail numerous times before succeeding. You may not achieve success right away, but it does not rule out the possibility. You must take care of the habit before it becomes destructive!