"For years, he spent several hours a week memorizing thousands of Scrabble-approved words that were often meaningless to him because he didn't need to know their definitions." The "he" referred to in this article (in the NYT, on online addicitions, subscription required) is the director of the Compulsive, Impulsive, and Anxiety Disorders Program at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. We understand this. We have gone through many addictions on the net. Starting with chat and IM, where we realised we had a problem when we did a 14-hour marathon, then just surfing and, ahem, research, then scrabble, and now, sigh, blogging.