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According to Merriam-Webster's dictionary, an addiction is

  1. a compulsive, chronic, physiological or psychological need for a habit-forming substance, behavior, or activity having harmful physical, psychological, or social effects and typically causing well-defined symptoms (such as anxiety, irritability, tremors, or nausea) upon withdrawal or abstinence : the state of being addicted
  2. a strong inclination to do, use, or indulge in something repeatedly

Someone obsessed with learning would match the second definition: someone could be so basically addicted to constantly learn and explore various different fields of science, medicine and technology, in such a high cadence that it would negatively affect his whole life, his social environment, friendships, etc.

I suspect that this form of learning could be a procrastination mechanism, where one spends time learning even when one should complete other tasks (e.g. finish one personal todo list, or even just eating a meal at times). Maybe this can be described as "learning workaholism".

I wonder what the appropriate term or diagnosis for such behaviour could be (maybe "Da Vinci syndrome"?), and if there exists bibliography about such symptoms, behavior, and the associated treatments?

[Note: I'm not sure this is the right exchange for this question...but it's the best fit as far as I can see.]

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    $\begingroup$ Constant learning has value but if not used to help or solve challenges then it is a symptom of inaction and depression or fear of failure to act. Change the question to be a generalized behavior. $\endgroup$ Commented Sep 18, 2022 at 15:52
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    $\begingroup$ I made extensive modification (the most I ever did on a SE post!), check if you are ok with those: I believe that I kept the spirit of the question. $\endgroup$
    – J..y B..y
    Commented Sep 19, 2022 at 10:38
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    $\begingroup$ The edit makes the question on-topic, but also makes it a duplicate of: Can one become addicted to learning? $\endgroup$
    – Arnon Weinberg
    Commented Sep 19, 2022 at 19:09
  • $\begingroup$ @ArnonWeinberg: thanks for the pointer, and sorry that I missed it! $\endgroup$
    – J..y B..y
    Commented Sep 19, 2022 at 21:59

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