Second Interview

This second interview was also conducted with a fellow midyear. I found it very interesting that the interviewee mentioned the phenomenon of increased “addiction attribution” that Eve Sedgwick brings up in “Epidemics of the Will.” The idea behind this is that almost any repeated action could be seen as (and sometimes is seen as) an addiction. Sedgwick connects this to the rise of consumer capitalism, and in a way my interviewee also made that connection with her example of cellphone use. The interviewee seems to conform to the “addict identity” of addiction. The interviewee mentions that she has a negative interpretation of the word ‘addict’ and she connects it to Sedgwick’s idea of “inexorable decline,” when she mentions the effect of addiction on the addict and the people close to them.

The interview:

What do you think about addiction?

I think there are many different aspects and levels of addiction. I feel like drug and alcohol addictions are the most talked about, but there are so many other scenarios. Also, the word “addict” is used excessively in daily language, which devalues the power of the word. My mom used to say that I was addicted to my phone because I kept texting my friends and watching videos online. Having an addiction is a problem that should be taken very seriously… Not thrown around in the way she had said it…

Who are addicts?

I think the term ‘addicts’ is really broad because addiction is a general term… I guess I would define an addict as someone who repeats a certain action to the extreme.

When does it go from recreational use to addiction?

I think of addiction in a negative way, so I’d classify a repeated action as an addiction whenever the situation turns to be detrimental to you or other people around you.

How should we deal with addicts as a society?

I think there are so many different levels and things to be addicted to, so it’s hard to think of one solution for this problem. As a society… I think there is a stigma for addiction, so when someone is facing an addiction, they’re frowned upon.

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