“Phones are addictive!” “Loot crates are gambling, which is addictive!” “I’m addicted to sex, drugs, and rock and roll!”
—every whiny little jerk who runs out of money
I want misuse of the word “addiction” for anything but habituating chemicals, made at least a misdemeanor, possibly a felony with mandatory sentencing and electrical behavioral modification.
We have no good word for “things that are fun, so you keep playing with them instead of doing things that are not-fun”, but that’s what these things are.
The same things were said about TV, especially to those of us in the MTV Generation. And about arcades, pinball machines, comic books, radio, even novels! Old boring people universally hate whatever fun thing people like today. Screw them.