Vinyl Addiction is characterized by intense and, at times, uncontrollable music cravings, along with compulsive vinyl seeking and use that persists even in the face of a lack of funds. While the path to vinyl addiction begins with the voluntary act of spinning vinyl, over time a person’s ability to choose not to do so becomes compromised, and seeking and purchasing the vinyl becomes compulsive. This behavior results largely from the effects of prolonged bass exposure. Vinyl addiction affects multiple brain circuits, including those involved in reward and motivation, learning and memory, and inhibitory control over behavior (which may or may not include spontaneous bouts of head bobbing, fist pumping, or wild dancing).

Because vinyl addiction has so many dimensions and enhances so many aspects of an individual’s life, treatment is not simple.  Vinyl addiction treatment is geared towards helping the individual stop purchasing and using vinyl, maintain a vinyl-free lifestyle, and achieve productive functioning with newer technological advances such as CDJs or laptops.  Because vinyl addiction is typically chronic, people cannot simply stop using vinyl for a few days and be cured. Most DJs require long-term care to achieve the ultimate goal of sustained vinyl abstinence.

Luckily, most of the time, vinyl addiction goes untreated. Studies have shown that treating vinyl addiction among DJs may actually be detrimental to society. Therefore, vinyl addiction treatment is not recommended. Please continue your dependency!

Just say YES to Vinyl!

(Adapted from the original post from October 3, 2010)

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