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ZombieNixon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 04:22 PM
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I'm thinking I may need to leave DU for a while.
I've been here for nearly a year and a half now, and during that time, especially recently, I've felt more appreciated and liked than ever before. This place, especially the Lounge, is someplace I can go if I need help or want to talk about something, or even just to hang out. I know this sounds kind of sappy (and un-me-like), but you guys are rather like a family to me (even though I haven't met any of you) and I really feel more comfortable and well-adjusted here in the Lounge than I do in real life.

And therein, I think, lies the problem. I can't help wondering if I'm getting addicted, because I'm having more and more trouble committing to the daily grind of things that I have to do because I'm busy posting random shit here on DU. Hell, two days ago, I even considered letting my bank account lapse because I was in the middle of a Lounge conversation :scared:. And nothing seems much fun anymore to me.

I'm wondering if I should stop posting for a while. It might be a week, a month, a year, or I might not come back. I'm not sure. Have any of you dealt with something like this (DU addiction?), and how?

What do you guys think? :shrug:
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jpgray Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 04:25 PM
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1. Take a break
I have midterms coming up, so I'll be off quite a bit myself.
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ZombieNixon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 04:45 PM
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12. I'll be posting less frequently anyway for the next two weeks
because of projects, and then take my sprint break off because of connection problems at my parentss' house. Just not sure what to do after then. :shrug:
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Call Me Wesley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 04:33 PM
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2. Take your time.
To break down a certain habit for a while is always helpful; and I think you know the answer for yourself reading your description.

We'll keep your seat warm, and I'll hope to see you again around sometimes. Take good care, ZombieNixon. :pals:
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MiniMandaRuth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 04:35 PM
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3. Don't leave!
You're my bestest friend!
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ZombieNixon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 04:47 PM
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14. Really?
:shrug:
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MiniMandaRuth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 05:19 PM
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19. I wuv you,
but do what ever you feel like... Just remember, if you leave, come back!
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khashka Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 04:36 PM
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4. Take a few days off
I often get so involved here it borders on scary. Take a few days off regularly. It works.

But please don't just go away. I know what you mean about DU feeling like a family - that's because we've tried to build a community. Like it or not, you are part of that family, that community. So take a few days off.... but come back, because you are part of our family and we will be diminished without you.

Khash.
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billyskank Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 04:37 PM
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5. Take a break
but if you're anything like me, you'll be back in four days. :)
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ZombieNixon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 04:47 PM
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13. Hmm...If I'm anything like me (and I know I am),
I'll be back in four *hours* ;)
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Cannikin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 04:37 PM
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6. I take breaks, and its always nice to come back
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LostinVA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 05:54 PM
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23. Sometimes I do for a few days or so
I will look at LBN, but I don't sign in, and only read NEWS.
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realisticphish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 04:37 PM
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7. I stopped posting over the summer
and it made coming back that much better
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ZombieNixon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 04:40 PM
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9. I did kind of the same thing over my winter break,
but that was more a break from the Internet as a whole, because I had to work with a horribly slow dial-up connection at my parents' house that I couldn't handle. It was kind of scary. :scared: I'll probably do the same thing in two weeks anyway for spring break, but I'm talking more long term here. :shrug:
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realisticphish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 04:42 PM
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10. Well, realistically
do you want to leave? I doubt it. Maybe what you should do is limit yourself to a number of posts per day. Say, 10. That should cut your time on DU down to about 30 seconds, at the rate you post at ;)
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ZombieNixon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 04:59 PM
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17. I don't *want* to leave, but I'm beginning to think that maybe I *have* to
just for the sake of real life. :shrug:

I don't like hopping in and out for thirty seconds every day; that just seems like I'm leaving people hanging. If I do go, it'll be cold turkey and then maybe I'll come back later. :)
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tjwmason Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 04:39 PM
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8. Take a break.
This place is adictive - and breaks now and then are good, indeed essential, to keeping onesself balanced.

We'll miss you, and will be happy to see you back again - but it will do you good to get away for a while.
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titoresque Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 04:42 PM
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11. I had to take a break.
Havent been back very long this time, and I'm thinking about taking another break :)
I also took a break from all the protesting I was doing, and moderating some other online activist groups. That was really hard for me to do. I felt like a failure for a long time and I felt like I was letting so many people down. But continuing on a self destructive path......(and for me, I know when I begin to question my actions, I've already become destructive) is worse for me, than any feelings I have of failure and what not.

I'm reading...and re-reading Wayne Dyers book right now called "The power of intention" It's helping me so much! I highly reccomend it!
Take a break! What seems to work best in my life is to do a lot of different things, and not too much of only one thing. I'm a "friend of Bill" so I can find myself addicted to just about anything.

Take care! :hug:
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terrya Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 04:48 PM
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15. Take a break
Yes, DU can get addictive. It does help to take a short break once in a while. I've done it...just a week. It put perspective on things.

Don't necessarily leave. But a short break can be helpful. :-)
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TheBaldyMan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 04:56 PM
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16. it wouldn't hurt to take a break
I know what you mean about the addictive side, I sometimes end up saying to myself, "Must stay out of lounge... must stay out of lounge...". Mainly because you can waste an hour in here without thinking about it.

Originally I was tuned into DU because of the politics but we all need a bit of fun now and again. In fact, my post count wouldn't be nearly as high if I didn't post in here.

I'd advise going out into the 'big room' more often.
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CaliforniaPeggy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 05:03 PM
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18. My dear ZombieNixon........
By all means, take a break, as long as you need!

But please don't go away forever.....that would hurt many of us a lot!

Including me!

Breaks are good things...IMHO...


:loveya: :hug:
























If you do leave, can I have your office chair? *ducks* J/K!
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ZombieNixon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 05:22 PM
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20. No. The chair has other uses besides DU surfage.
:P

I don't want to go away forever...I figure I'll use my spring break to reassess things; I'll pretty much be offline then anyway...so we'll see how things go. :hug:
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Shine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 05:41 PM
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21. If you think you need a break, then you probably do.
Edited on Sat Mar-04-06 05:42 PM by Shine
if DU is getting in the way of your "real life", then perhaps it's worthwhile to take some space, get some perspective...

I say: Trust your instincts.

Good luck, buddy! There's always a space on the couch for YOU.

:hug: :pals:

:hi:
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northzax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 05:45 PM
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22. dude, you can't leave
Dear Leader Skinner won't let you. you obviously didn't read the fine print in your membership agreement. This is not some third rate cult where you can leave any time you want, we are at least second rate, and the deprogramming process can be vicious.

ok,ok, if you really want to, assume the position,
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ZombieNixon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-05-06 01:08 PM
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44. Thank you, sir. May I have another?
:P
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Oeditpus Rex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 06:00 PM
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24. Okay, fine go
But if we see you taking any popcorn, we shoot to kill.
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WritingIsMyReligion Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-05-06 01:14 PM
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46. LOL Rex!
:spray:
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ZombieNixon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-05-06 03:28 PM
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49. Damn!
x(

*puts down popcorn* :popcorn:
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Deja Q Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 06:03 PM
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25. We love you, man!
Don't go.

Or regulate your time.

I know how you feel, though. :)
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ZombieNixon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 06:43 PM
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28. I'm on the fence right now.
Thinking about leaving made me weep ( :cry:)...not sure what that means, though maybe I'm a bit too dedicated to this forum. :shrug:
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XemaSab Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 06:11 PM
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26. What is this "real life" you speak of?
:shrug:
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ZombieNixon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 06:14 PM
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27. As of now...
"real life" is pronounced "the DU Lounge," which is why it's a problem. :(
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purr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 06:51 PM
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29. Dont go completley...
:( I can see taking a day off or two but dont leave us all together. It just wouldnt be the same without you.
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ZombieNixon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 06:53 PM
Response to Reply #29
30. Well, I know I have to take some time off...
at least a day or two by necessity of work, but probably more. I'm not sure how much. :shrug:
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purr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 06:54 PM
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31. Keep in touch w/ me please :)
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ZombieNixon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 07:01 PM
Response to Reply #31
34. I will. Don't worry.
PM me if you want an e-mail address.
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mvd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 06:55 PM
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32. If you feel like you need a break, take one
I do it, often without announcing because I know I might get the urge to return. :hi:

I would like to focus more on my career.
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ContraBass Black Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 06:55 PM
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33. "I even considered letting my bank account lapse"
That's a problem.

Take some time off.
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ZombieNixon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 07:06 PM
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35. Yeah, that's what first tipped me off.
:scared:
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crispini Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 08:53 PM
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36. It IS possible to both have "a life" and do DU.
But I probably only get an hour or so of DU time a day. :shrug:

Take a break, see if you can moderate your habit.
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LiberalHeart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 09:10 PM
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37. I know exactly what you mean, ZombieNixon.
I often spent hours on the net even when there was no pleasure in the experience. It was like an obsession -- or the addiction you mention. I let my house go, and kept at it to the point where I finally talked to my doctor about it. She told me she thought what I was describing was depression, even though I didn't feel sad. I would often feel upset with myself for not accomplishing anything for days (hell, months) at a time because I was too busy with discussion groups and surfing. If "busy" is the right word, I mean. I would even keep on using the keyboard even when it was painful due to arthritis or bursitis. I knew I had crossed some kind of line when that happened.

My doc persuaded me to use a variety of antidepressants until I finally found the right one for me. It took about a month, but eventually I feel so different, I actually went out and got a job -- which gets me out of the house for a big chunk of the day. I hadn't worked since the late '80s, so it was quite a change. And it's one that has been very good for me. Prior to taking the antidepressant, nothing could have dragged me out of my house.

My doctor told me there are meds that are given to complusive gamblers to help them break their compulsion. That's the family from which she prescribed as we searched for right one for me. I'm a very low dose of the med I take -- the smallest amount they make, but it has made a world of difference in my life. I had no idea I was depressed, but my doctor told me the kind of depression associated with net addiction does not present itself in the same way that typical depression does. That's why it's hard to spot. I am not naming my med because there's none that's a sure cure for everyone; it's often a matter of trail and error till you chance up the right one. It takes time, but so does compulsive surfing -- and one can lead to help; the other can't.

I know what you mean about quick visits to the net -- and how it's difficult to practice portion control. My job certainly helps in a big way with that part of the problem. I think the trouble keeping surfing to small segments of time is a lot like an alcoholic faces when think s/he can drink just one. Can't be done.

The similarity between net addiction and compulsive gambling makes a lot of sense to me. Take those scratch off lottery tickets, for example. When one is scratching off the silvery stuff that covers up the info you need to see to know if you're a winner, there's a moment when all things are possible -- when there is a leap of hope. Clicking on links on a website can provide exactly that sense of hope and belief that all things are possible. Who knows what might lie at the other side of that link, ya know? We click thru for the reward that comes from having done so. Sometimes we win, sometimes it just a disappointment. But we keep on trying.

I wish you well, my friend.
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ZombieNixon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 09:15 PM
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38. Thank you, LiberalHeart.
I wouldn't say that what you describe is exactly my problem, because I think it's that I get more pleasure from being online, especially on DU, than I get from real life. I'm going to take a 20-day break starting on Wednesday, and see if I can find that sense of pleasure from the real world again. If I can, I'll be back with a moderated posting habit, or else I won't be back until I can find that enjoyment.

Thank you for your support. :hug:
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WritingIsMyReligion Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-05-06 01:17 PM
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47. Good post, LiberalHeart.
:thumbsup:

;)
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Whoa_Nelly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 09:20 PM
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39. Considering you asked what we (Lounge Lizards) think
It's apparent that Du is important to you in ways that maybe you don't fully understand about yourself.

That being said...

Do what feels comfortable for you, ZombieNixon :hug:

I know what you mean re: especially the Lounge being a place where you connect with people. For me, the Lounge is a place that gives me a certain measure of comfort in knowing that there are people who, while they don't know me in real life, they offer me a friendship and camaraderie that I feel is many times lacking in my day-to-day existence.

Be here now...Be here when you need to be :pals:
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ZombieNixon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 09:26 PM
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40. I've made a decision.
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Whoa_Nelly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 09:29 PM
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41. Happy Birthday Decision!
xoxoxox

Nelly
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bigwillq Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 09:29 PM
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42. I think you're making a good choice!
We will miss you but Zombie, you need to take care of your personal shit before posting on DU. You need to take care of personal shit before most anything else you do.
Have a nice break! We'll be here when you get back! :hi: :hug:
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ZombieNixon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 09:52 PM
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43. Thanks. I really hope it's the right thing to do.
I'm gonna miss you guys. :(
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WritingIsMyReligion Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-05-06 01:18 PM
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48. Much love, Master.
:loveya:

:hug:
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WritingIsMyReligion Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-05-06 01:12 PM
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45. Ah, ZN...
We've already discussed this, briefly, on your other thread. It's good to take time off. I do, certainly, whenever I go on vacation. Sometimes taking time off makes you appreciate it all the more when you come back.

So take some time off if you think you need to....Just try to come back. :D

We love you...

:loveya: :loveya:

:hug:

WIMR
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norml Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-05-06 04:10 PM
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50. So set a time limit of one or two hours a day
and only post when you're just going to be sitting around anyway.
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mokawanis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-05-06 04:29 PM
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51. This is a common problem
Happens to a lot of people. We form friendships on the computer and make the mistake of thinking they are as real as the relationships we have in RL. They aren't.

Posting on the DU, or on another forum, or a chat room, allows us all to only reveal what we want, and to keep private the things about us we don't want our comp friends to see. In real life our quirks and our darker side are more evident, not so easily tucked away, and I think that's a good thing. It's healthier.

When being on the computer starts to do harm to how we manage RL it's time to walk away, imo, and to maintain a good distance unitl we have a better perspective. Most or all of the friends you have on DU will still be here when you return in a week or a month or whatever.
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bridgit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-05-06 04:34 PM
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52. it certainly seems possible to spend so much time here that your...
thoughts become irrelevant, some spend so much time in spite of having stated that they work somewhere, doing something (i.e. IT tech, said to be a fav of mass-posting du'ers, a pass-time one would think would afford access and such...but still; shouldn't they actually be tech'ing something somewhere :shrug:), that i wonder what it is they do do,

i don't take breaks, not break-breaks (IRL, i just got back in from some all morning client work all around Davis, i guess that was my break x(), but then by volume, i don't post that much so it's all like whatever!!

effette...do not become effete; referencing here a line from the film 'surviving picasso', delivered by Hopkins, to paraphrase "never become a connoisseur of your own art", because to witness events it is possible to become utterly, completely, and virtually absorbed in your on gibberish if you are not vigilant in that regard. and that can be seen as a form of addiction i agree if while offering a sample perhaps even here :hi:

witnessing the pouncing, not the stalking; that's not what i'm saying, but the circling, waiting for replies, looking, from thread to thread, for certain posters to respond, and buying into what is it their thoughts may be as to what they have, or have not validated, and while the upside can be holistic, the down side can be flat-out hurtful, or draining; and there are such entities as cyber/emotional vampires make no mistake. i don't come here for that sort of validation. i have my cyber friends here, and i'd like them to like me, but even if they told me to piss up a rope...life would go on.

this is not RL; my greater fear is that DU will become pointless. flame, dump, or dither my thoughts where you will; i will not respond.

:loveya:
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