How to Know if You’re a Little Too Obsessed with Something

I, like many, have the tendency to shall we say “over indulge” in a number of things. For me, its mainly music or more so a singular song; I have the tendency to, when I really like a song, play it over and over (more than fifty times in a day, often back to back to back), much to the annoyance of my boyfriend and roommates. That being said, one can over indulge in more than just music. Along with music, I have found myself becoming a little too infatuated with: shows, movies, books (series), and videogames. In others, I’ve seen infatuation with specific kinds of animals, drinks, board games, YouTubers, etc. The point I’m trying to make here is: everybody over indulges every now and again; everybody has the potential to become (in layman’s terms) “obsessive”; the point is to know when to stop (i.e when your friends begin seriously considering throwing you out of a window if they hear you mention The Walking Dead one more time).

Here are three ways to help you figure out if you should take a breather from something:


  • You “Out-Fan” the Fangirl

Say you’re out walking in the street one day and you run into Evan Peters and the two of you start talking about American Horror Story. He asks you which one of the characters he played was your favorite and you start talking about how you like Tate because of his religious beliefs, but Jimmy is your most compatible zodiac sign, and but Rory is the funniest and so on and so on, then you may wanna back off the AHS for a bit. If you know more about something than the creator’s own spouse, then you need to back off a little bit.


  • You Start Seeing [It] Everywhere

When I was in middle school I got really into Guitar Hero. I played it every single day for about eight months straight. On the weekends I would spend all morning, day, and night playing Guitar Hero. At school I would talk about friends coming over to play or going over to friends to play. Sychronized colors would remind me of my plastic guitar controller. At night when I closed my eyes I could still see the colored notes coming at me, waiting for me to press the button at the right time… If you start see/hearing things when you close your eyes, it’s time to take a break.


  • Your Friends Start Actively Avoiding [It] or You

So, as I said before, I have the tendency to play songs incessantly when I’m fond of them. Well, recently I really got into this artist named Allan Rayman. Well, long story short, the radio in my boyfriend’s car mysteriously “broke” one day and I’ve been aggressively asked to start playing a wider variety of music. That was of course, after everyone had stopped riding in the car with me because they were sick of my music choices… So yeah, no more Allan Rayman for me. And if similar circumstances happen to you, no more [it] for you.

About the Author

Sierra Beeler is a junior English major at UNC Charlotte. An aspiring screenwriter, she hopes to one day entertain the masses with a book series turned television show she hopes will “put J.K Rowling to shame.” When not working on one of her many uncompleted projects, Sierra enjoys watching Hulu and crying over fictional characters.