I find this article rather amusing, even humorous. I would love is someone with a deeper Psychology and Sociology background could verify this. But personally, the fact that I find especially troubling is that the article is about the difference between an iPhone user and an Android user, yet the only Android users mentioned are those with Samsung phones. I would love to say that this article is one of the few ignorant examples of Android being referred to as synonymous with Samsung, but sadly all you need to do is to walk into your local Best Buy. You will find whole walls with iPhone and Samsung accessories, yet you’d be hard pressed to find any accessories for any brand of phone other than Samsung or Apple.
The treatment of and view of addiction and addicts needs to change. Addiction is a medical and psychiatric issue, not a pugnative issue. Additionally, the perception of addiction being a choice needs to end. The only choice, if that, is in the start of using an addictive substance, and starting use of an addictive substance isn’t always a choice at all. Choice needs to be removed from the perception of addicts and addiction. Addicts are people that need help, not people who willfully harm themselves. Just because some can successfully kick the “habit” doesn’t mean all can. There also needs to be recognition of comorbities that might make addiction more apt to occur or more difficult to stop. And lastly, the definition of those who are addicted needs to be broadened. Addiction is not solely a physical dependence but may also be a mental dependence. As such, there are many more substances that need to be considered addictive. One example of an addictive substance, that is physically addictive, that isn’t regarded as addictive in the same light as other substances is nicotine. The existence of those who, coincidentally, are able to stop their addiction, whether by sheer force of will, through aversion, or substitution, does not mean that those treatments are effective for all. These are purely coincidence and nothing more. The vilification of smokers, as well as all other addicts, must stop if we hope to ever overcome addiction. This most definitely includes employment discrimination. Refusing to hire smokers just because they are smokers is just as much discrimination as refusing to hire someone who is disabled. Hospitals and other healthcare organizations, take note. You are committing acts of discrimination that further are violations of the concepts of healthcare. Mainly, “… first do no harm!”