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Wed Mar 27, 2019, 12:32 AM

The internet is "addictive." ? Anyone else with this problem?

..Sometimes I can't stop. From here to there back to here, and then over there. There is some kind of mild "buzz" that I get. I do recall feeling almost the same "buzz" playing a slot machine in a casino. It was 23 years ago. I don't go to casinos ever. No Las Vegas. No casinos or gambling of any kind. No horse tracks..No bingo..

...I may leave DU and my computer because of this. Setting limits is very difficult on something I really enjoy and learn from. But, an addiction is an addiction. At least I got the honesty to admit it. This one is very difficult. And I sit at the computer too long. And that is, I have read, dangerous to one's health.. More on this later. Anyone willing to comment on this addiction?

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Reply The internet is "addictive." ? Anyone else with this problem? (Original post)
Stuart G Mar 2019 OP
CentralMass Mar 2019 #1
mr_lebowski Mar 2019 #2
progree Mar 2019 #3
happybird Mar 2019 #4
dewsgirl Mar 2019 #8
fierywoman Mar 2019 #5
safeinOhio Mar 2019 #6
dewsgirl Mar 2019 #7
3Hotdogs Mar 2019 #9
Runningdawg Mar 2019 #10

Response to Stuart G (Original post)

Wed Mar 27, 2019, 12:38 AM

1. Yes.

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Response to Stuart G (Original post)

Wed Mar 27, 2019, 12:58 AM

2. My take: us addicts are addicts and we're going to do addict-like sh*t ...

It's who we are. There's really not a 'cure', I don't think. There's 'less harmful stuff' and 'being LESS possessed' by our various addictions, but they are unlikely to ever be totally cured.

So ... do you not go to work, ignore family, phone calls, miss kids or grandkids birthdays because you're consumed with the internet every moment?

I'm guessing not, but even if so, and that's the worst of it, could still be you're doing pretty good. You're not gambling or drinking your money and life compulsively away, no needle in ya arm, no straw up your nose ...

Could things be better? Could you be more involved with others, doing more that's productive, having a more 'quality life' ... were you spending less time on the internet? My guess is ... yes. But ... it's also important to consider ones comfort zone, and how important it is to stay away from LITERALLY things that will cause our demise. If being on the internet, learning and sharing, is your cocoon, and keeps your mind and thoughts away from what is really much more dangerous stuff ... it's the sort of 'addiction' that may make sense.

Or it may really not ... everyone is different, and capable of different things, and has different priorities.

If you're in a group, and/or have a sponsor, ask them what they think

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Response to Stuart G (Original post)

Wed Mar 27, 2019, 01:04 AM

3. Yes. I don't get a buzz. I just get bored and tired with doing what I'm supposed to be doing

(taxes, house repairs, decluttering, organizing and filing stuff, etc.) and too often take a "break" by going to DU and other groups "to see what is going on" several times a day.

I've taken "vacations" from DU (which is by far the most time-consuming "group" for me) for as much as 3 weeks once, maybe a couple of other times for about a week, where I use my alternative browser -- which isn't logged in -- just to catch up on Latest Breaking News. Since I'm not logged in, I can't post anything or reply to anything (unless I log in). Anyway that works -- I just don't take these "vacations" often enough.

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Response to Stuart G (Original post)

Wed Mar 27, 2019, 01:27 AM

4. Yes

I am mostly housebound and spend an unhealthy amount of time online every day. When the internet goes out, I get irritable and anxious and feel lost. Not good.

There have been a few drastic changes in my life recently. As part of my fresh start, I hope to significantly reduce screen time and replace it with walking, gardening, and reading while sitting outdoors (actual books, not kindle). And more interacting with people, too. It's been going in fits and starts so far.

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Response to happybird (Reply #4)

Wed Mar 27, 2019, 07:06 AM

8. An actual book, with real pages? Good for you.

My 21yr old son was always an avid reader growing up. He buys many books and has a lovely bookshelf to display them on. He still reads, but only on his Kindle.
I myself am a slave of Audible.

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Response to Stuart G (Original post)

Wed Mar 27, 2019, 01:38 AM

5. Yes. Aghhh!

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Response to Stuart G (Original post)

Wed Mar 27, 2019, 03:12 AM

6. I found a new drug, One that won't make me nervous

Wonderin' what to do
One that makes me feel like I feel when I'm with you
When I'm alone with you.

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Response to Stuart G (Original post)

Wed Mar 27, 2019, 07:01 AM

7. Most definitely yes. I am lost without it, although I know it

Is not good for me.

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Response to Stuart G (Original post)

Wed Mar 27, 2019, 08:14 AM

9. I wonder how much is age related. I am 77.

I hit the internet tubes in the morning and a couple'a times during the day when I am not hiking, yard working or whatever.

When power went out for 15 days after Hurricane Sandy, it didn't bother me. Losing T.V. did.

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Response to Stuart G (Original post)

Wed Mar 27, 2019, 09:24 AM

10. I'm retired, I make my own schedule

Some days, I am glued to the keyboard and then I will go weeks without even checking the news. I do agree, when there is breaking news, I kind of get caught up in a feedback loop. The housework still gets done, I cook elaborate meals for 2, the dogs and I still get our exercise. If it's an addiction then it's one I can live with. At least I am not eating pills and watching FOX news 24/7 like so many of my generation.

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