Friday, 23 March 2012

B.A.D

Being at home during the day - writing and working very hard, obviously! - I sometimes catch the BBC daytime soap Doctors. It's a bit silly, and the acting can be a bit dodgy, but you can tell the writers have had a great time - I imagine them sitting around saying, "they'll never let us get away with this," and invariably, they do. (Today they even managed to squeeze in quite a rude joke by cutting away at the final word of the punchline!)

A current storyline is about a doctor called Freya who has a blog. But, worse than that, one of her nurse colleagues has decided Freya has Blogging Addiction Disorder (B.A.D). I found this very funny - not least because they dipicted how out of hand Freya's blogging was becoming by having her blog about a meeting she was currently in!

I found this even more than funny; in fact, I thought it was made up - and this post was going to ask: is anyone out there B.A.D?

But then, I casually googled the term, and discovered it's real! Uh, I thought, how about that? It had never occurred to me that blogging could be an addiction, let alone be a recognised addiction.

So, is anyone out there B.A.D?



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45 comments:

  1. I must have B.A.D., in fact, I've known it all the time but didn't realise it was a recognised addiction. :) Not surprising, though. I've never heard of Doctors, it sounds funny!

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    1. Not so much funny as... erm, something your dad thinks is funny and says over and over in front of your friends, wearing a silly wig!

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  2. Good grief, I didn't realise that Doctors was still on. How long has that been going?

    I'm pretty sure I have my Blogging addiction under control- not sure about my commenting addiction though :-)

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    1. Commenting addiction is probably recognised too Sarah, so don't feel left out! :-)

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  3. LOL, I haven't seen Doctors in ages!

    I don't think I have quite reached the B.A.D stage yet, but I definitely see it in my future!

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  4. I've never seen Doctors, but recently I've been checking out the old Dark Shadows soap opera from the sixties. My mom used to watch it, and I used to sneakily watch it too, whenever I could get away with it. (I was about 4.) Talk about your dodgy acting! It's awful! And yet fascinating.

    Is there a Facebook Addiction Disorder? How about Twitter? Pinterest?

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    1. There are some shows you just can't help watching.

      I'm sure I've got the Facebook addiction!

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  5. Not me. I'm too S.A.D to be B.A.D :)

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    1. Maybe one or two symptoms, Alex - but I'm sure you're under control :-)

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  7. not surprised. i bet there's a TAD too, for twitter
    communication and feedback addiction. anything can become an addiction or obsession. we have to set limits for ourselves so it doesnt become one...

    i think i'm okay, for now

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    1. Well, if we fall into addiction by mistake, we've got a ready made support group!

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  8. I think I'll be B.A.D. in April, but for now I'm just W.A.D.
    (writing addiction disorder - I made it up but wouldn't be surprised if it was real)
    I like tuning in for The Doctors as well but missed that one.

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    1. It's the current storyline here. Very bizzare - alongside a storyline about accidentally running a brothel and 3 middle-aged women getting high on terragon!

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  9. I'm an addicted blog reader! I just keep moving through them, then next thing you know hours have passed!

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  10. I think we may all suffer from a little B.A.D.!

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  11. I can totally believe that that's a real disorder! (I may have a few symptoms myself!)

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    1. You're in good company, judging by the comments here!

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  12. Haha very luckily, I don't believe that I have B.A.D., but I'm not surprised to find that some people do. Blogging can get very time consuming and addicting. The more you do it, the more you love it! Also, I've passed a couple of awards on to you over at my blog.

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    1. Thanks for the awards - I'll come over and have a look!

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  13. LOL! No way! An actual, recognized description! That's so bizarre! I never would have though it, but the idea is intriguing. I'm sure there are people that have it. Funny stuff!

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    1. I think these days you can get a medical diagnosis for just about anything, if you look hard enough! It's a shame I have my theme for the A-Z challenge - that would be interesting!

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  14. LOL! I used to have BAD, but then I gave myself a week's blog break and broke the cycle. ;O)

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    1. I broke out in a cold sweat at the mention of a week off! I've just looked at my blog roll and I've got 153 posts to read - I can't even imagine how many there'd be after a week! (Although that's Blog Overload Disorder, which is completely different :-))

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  15. I think I might have this. I must see my Doctor straight away and get me some pills! Haven't seen Doctors in years, do they still show Diagnosis Murder? That was awesome :)

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    1. I used to like Diagnosis Murder too, until they repeated them so much I knew all the storylines!

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  16. me, me.... Sadly!! I used to watch doctors too... I think soaps are great for seeing the mechanics of plot and story structure.

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    1. Some of the episodes I've caught recently have been great standalone stories. They vary between high drama, poignancy and farce - something for everyone!

      Thanks for the follow, Pat.

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  17. I used to have B.A.D and I wish I could get it back. Sometimes a cure is not a good thing. By the way, I just tagged you for the Lucky 7 Meme on my blog.

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    1. Thanks Murees, I'll stop by and have a look.

      I hope you get your B.A.D back too! :-)

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  18. I have S.A.D. (Seasonal Affective Disorder)- I'm sure there are similar symptoms. New follower here. I’m getting a head start on visiting my fellow “A to Z”ers. I look forward to visiting again.

    Sylvia
    http://www.writinginwonderland.blogspot.com/

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    1. I think we all suffer a low point in the middle of winter, but I couldn't imagine feeling like that ALL winter. Hopefully you'll be starting to feel better now :-)

      Thanks for the follow, I'll pop over to yours now. I keep meaning to check out the A-Z list, but haven't managed it yet - too busy trying to compose my posts, some letters are very challenging!

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  19. I'm afraid I'm addicted. Many years ago I got addicted to the daytime serial dramas which was probably a less productive addiction.


    Lee
    The Dog Lived (and So Did I)
    Wrote By Rote
    An A to Z Co-host blog

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    1. Oh daytime drama addiction - I'm right there with you. I used to watch Diagnosis Murder, Quincey and Columbo - they've all had prime 2pm slots in the UK at some stage!

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  20. I'm not addicted. I do blog a lot but I could give it up anytime. If I wanted to that is, which I don't. But I definitely could.

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  21. That's hilarious that it's a real thing! I enjoy blogging. But it's also a TON of work. Sometimes, I'd really just like to skip that work for a bit. Totally not addicted. ;)

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    1. Sometimes I look at all the blogs I've yet to read and feel a bit disheartening. Every time I read one, two more are posted!

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  22. I probably have that undiognosed disorder but refuse to come to terms hahaha. Thanks for pointing it out.

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