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Written by Ajay Hotchandani   
Thursday, 01 August 2013 00:00

Addiction is defined  “as a condition that results when a person ingests a substance (alcohol, cocaine, nicotine) or engages in an activity (gambling) that can be pleasurable but the continued use of which becomes compulsive and interferes with ordinary life responsibilities, such as work or relationships, or health. Users may not be aware that their behavior is out of control and causing problems for themselves and others.”

While this was not really a topic covered in medical school, there is a recently introduced activity that has about 45 million people participating in it a day, with another 200 million recreational users.  I must confess, that while I am not an addict, I am a recreational user.  I do occasionally find myself wanting to partake in this activity, but never had a strong desire to do it which has resulted in my forgoing my daily responsibilities.  The activity is often referred to as “Crushing”, playing the game Candy Crush Saga.  If you are not one of the millions that Crush, you might just know someone who is addicted (in my case, my mother and sister-in-law can be found Crushing daily).

Here are some signs that you may be a Candy Crush addict:
1. You get annoyed when people talk to you while you are crushing.  This also includes phone calls and text messages.  Worse is when you are Crushing on your phone and a call comes in, which you automatically decline to answer so as to continue Crushing.
2. You connected your Candy Crush to Facebook to enjoy the benefits.
3. You have Candy Crush on multiple devices.
4. You ask (more like beg) people for lives and tickets.  People that you barely know all of a sudden become your best friends or favorite relatives because they are dependable when it comes to getting lives and tickets.
5. You have actually spent money on Candy Crush.
6. You have lied about spending money on Candy Crush.
7. You have changed the date and time on your device to get more lives.
8. It is constantly on your mind.  The mere mention of the words Candy Crush and you can hear the little music in your head.
9. You hate the number 65! (the addicts will be able to explain this to you)
10.You ask people what level they are and when you find out they are higher than you, you get envious of them.
11. You once took joy in playing it; now it’s a source of anger and frustration.
12. You have neglected some responsibility of yours in order to Crush.
13. You mix and match you addictions – playing Candy Crush while in the casino playing cards or roulette.
14. You are reading this list and all you want to go do now is go crushing.
15. You’ve Googled ways to get free lives.  Some of you may have hacked your device for unlimited lives, only to find out it made your life worse as you are forever playing.
16. You start to look for other games to play while you wait to get more lives.
17. You have played at work, dinner table, bathroom, at funerals or weddings (same thing for a guy), or late nights in bed.
18. You are reading this list and trying to convince yourself you are not an addict… me, you are!
I hope you have been enlightened by this.  If you or someone you know is addicted to Candy Crush, please help them, or yourself, by deleting it from the device.  If you are not sure if the person you know is addicted to it, think what they would do to you if you deleted it from their device, and if your first reaction is  “Crush me!” then you know they are addicted.  “Sugar Crush”.