Work addiction

Other Names:
Performative workaholism

When work becomes an obsession, compulsive behaviours develop that can be harmful and even death-producing. As in hoarding money, gambling, sex or any other process addiction, the act itself (working) loses its intrinsic meaning. Although the line between simple overwork and an unhealthy addiction to work is tenuous, it is fairly easy to tell when one has crossed it. The workaholic uses work to avoid dealing with inner and interpersonal life.


Work has historically been viewed as a tedious necessity. But our obsession with work shows how a neoliberal philosophy has crept into every facet of our lives.

Counter Claim:

No one ever changed the world on 40 hours a week. (Elon Musk)

Problem Type:
F: Fuzzy exceptional problems
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth
Date of last update
02.05.2019 – 06:11 CEST