Stanton Peele* posited that "any activity that can absorb a person in such a way as to detract from the ability to carry through other involvements is potentially addictive. It is addictive when the experience eradicates a person's awareness; when the experience provides predictable gratification, when the experience is used not to gain pleasure but to avoid pain and unpleasantness; when the experience damages self-esteem; and when the experience destroys other involvements. When these conditions hold, the involvement will take over a person's life in an increasingly destructive cycle."
I hope you have identified your situation as having life damaging consequences. If is happens to be your son or daughter, ask them to review the criteria for compulsive or addictive behaviours. If it happens to be your spouse or partner, have them complete an online survey or contact the writer. If this addictive behaviour is harming you, please take the first step towards your abundant and satisfying life. I am available to answer your questions.
*As cited in Fundamentals of addiction - A practical guide for counsellors. (2014). Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. Eds. Marilyn Herie and W.J. Wayne Skinner. 4th Ed