Do you live like a monk or do you have vices? - Social Anxiety Forum
View Poll Results: What are your vices? (can choose more than one)
Junk food 47 72.31%
Cigarettes 9 13.85%
Alcohol 20 30.77%
Drugs 12 18.46%
Gambling 6 9.23%
Stealing 3 4.62%
Sex 15 23.08%
None of the above. I'm a monk. 10 15.38%
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Do you live like a monk or do you have vices?


Like a monk- as in no sex, no alcohol, no cigarettes, no drugs, no junk food.
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I definitely don't live like a monk but my only traditional vice is junk food (or at least out of the vices you mentioned).

Not really because I'm against any of it (well I think cigarettes are gross) but the rest, drugs, alcohol, sex etc is just a hassle. I keep thinking I should try that stuff to "have fun" but almost every time I dabble in any of it it's just meh. More money or trouble than its worth so far. I always think I could spend the money on something else (drugs
gambling, alcohol) or it just causes me too much anxiety (stealing, sex, gambling).

Oh! Weird coincidence, I did steal something today though. I haven't stole anything since I was a little kid. I stole a 4x6 carpet sample that was a store display item because no one would help me after spending 30 minutes trying to get someone's attention. Even if someone did, they probably wouldn't give me the display item. I looked it up after I left and it was worth $1. Lock me up.
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What religions prohibit junk food? I'm sure there are plenty of monasteries that won't have a problem with it.

Junk food is the only option that interests me. Don't like not being in full control of my faculties (sleep is unpleasant too, but necessary). Gambling is just setting money on fire and casinos are unpleasant stinky places. Stealing is obviously wrong.

Edit: Okay, sex (since added to the poll) is interesting but alas not a realistic option.

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Does caffeine count as a drug? Does masturbation count as sex?

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Does caffeine count as a drug? Does masturbation count as sex?
For the poll, no. But they are open for discussion.

If you don't consume caffeine and you don't masturbate, then you are a super-monk. Too late to add "Super-Monk" to the poll.
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I guess I live somewhat like a monk but I really wouldn't describe it that way. I've never been much for alcohol. I did smoke but wish I hadn't. Never been into drugs at all except weed for about 6 months in my early 30s.

No way I'd have made it through my teens and 20s without going completely insane without masturbation. I wasn't getting any of the real thing whether I liked it or not. I was lucky, I guess, that I didn't mind the substitution. It was all the same to me as long as I was doing something.

Not sure what an actual monk would do but I don't picture them sitting on the couch eating chips and pizza and watching TV. Which is what I did most of my life before internet. At my age, sex is more of a passing interest than a necessity. I don't intentionally avoid it. I just don't really get the urge.

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I feel like your options are kinda limited. Where are the check boxes for porn or casual sex? How about straight-up laziness and hedonism? Just because I think substance abuse, gambling and stealing are stupid doesn't mean I live like a "monk."

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I feel like your options are kinda limited. Where are the check boxes for porn or casual sex? How about straight-up laziness and hedonism? Just because I think substance abuse, gambling and stealing are stupid doesn't mean I live like a "monk."
I screwed up and forgot to add sex when I meant to.
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junk food, cigarettes, drugs (only marijuana and not now because of where i live), and i love to gamble but again not now because of where i live

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Mostly junk food and alcohol, but both in decent moderation. But honestly my biggest vice would have to be Procrastination.

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But honestly my biggest vice would have to be Procrastination.
Mine too. Unfortunately, procrastination is all that keeps me alive. I couldn't live without it.

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None of these, except that I consist primarily of fat & sugar these days. I don't even care if it kills me early, I've had relatives with dementia and I'll have none of that, thank you very much.
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I eat junk food but don't do the other things. I used to drink when I had a social life but don't really see the point of drinking alone at home much. This isn't really a deliberate choice though.

My dad developed a huge gambling problem when I was about 10 and got massively into debt, so I think I"m wary about that plus with the exception of maybe poker or Derren Browning casinos there is no skill involved which bores me.

I did go around a bunch of arcades recently and pick up the coins that fell out of those 10 and 2 pence machines they have here in places. Especially on piers they get jolted and lose coins reguarly. There are lots of places like this in Blackpool.

This sort of thing:

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Apparently I'm a monk. I do enjoy the odd McDonald's or bag of chips every now and then, but I wouldn't call it a vice
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Like a monk- as in no sex, no alcohol, no cigarettes, no drugs,
None of that, but...

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no junk food.
...definitely that. :/

I also daydream a lot (including smutty stuff), and take caffeine pills, and buy too many books, and am lazy...those are my vices.

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Can't afford drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, or sex. I never gamble, because I have terrible luck. I never steal, unless you count downloading the odd PDF, but I don't do that unless I can't find a copy to buy. And I don't eat junk food because I don't want to get fat. My biggest vice is caffeine.

Ofc, if I had money, I'd be blowing most of it on booze, cigarettes, and man-*****s. Temperamentally, I'm very far from being a saint. I just can't afford to be a sinner.

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I live like a monkey. Masturbate and throw fececs at trespassers.

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I've been on a diet for nearly three weeks so no junk food since then.

I've never smoked a cigarette, because the cons seem to heavily outweigh the pros.

I haven't had any alcohol for a while but probably will at some point in the future although I don't desire it.

I don't use drugs, not even caffeine as caffeine makes my anxiety worse.

I haven't gambled in a while. Although what I did last wasn't really gambling but is called matched betting which guarantees winnings if done right. Years ago I used to gamble and did lose a lot of money, thousands of pounds.

I haven't stolen anything for a long time. I did steal about Ł60 from someone who wronged me a while ago, but other than that I haven't stolen for about 13 years.

I've never had sex before.


I am definitely far from living like a monk.
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