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Sat Aug 3, 2019, 12:04 PM

Why the internet is addictive. And I am an internet addict. My thoughts.

... I am not an expert, but this is my experience. I get on the computer, and I cannot stop. I go from this site to that site, get some information, feel good that I learned a little, and go to another site for the same experience. Sometimes, I go to my email, (I have 2 emails) open them up, read the new emails, and then move on. So, I move from email, to financial stuff, to this site and to that site.
... I enjoy getting new information about whatever I crave information on. (and that is a whole lot) I used to go to the library for this kind of info. But now the library is the internet. Further, and this is my experience, DU is a library of all kinds of current and not so current information. I can repeat the process at DU and never leave the site, since there are so many different sites for information right here on Democratic Underground. (these places are called topics, and I can get subscriptions to different kind of "topics" from Comic Books to Rural and Farm Life and to this or to that. (not a criticism, just an observation).
... It is extremely addictive and dangerous for me. I have had some health problems, and sitting for long periods of time, is not good for me. I need to get up, do this or that, and then sit down for a while. And, I am lucky that I can indeed get up and do this or that, and then sit down again. And I am grateful that I can do this.
... But I love the feeling that I get from bouncing around the internet from here to there, and I get new information all of the time. I suspect, (no, I do not know) that bouncing around the internet is very similar to gambling. I get some info on this or that, feel good and repeat the action, over and over and over and over and over and over. And it is basically free. Sure, there is a monthly charge, but that is not a whole lot.
..Yes, I can go to the library, and sit for free. (at the local library I can go and sit for free with other people who are using the internet. Yes, there is a time limit, but usually there are a lot of computers for this kind of use, and I can get more time in many ways..)
....I got a timer next to the computer, and try to measure the time, but it doesn't seem to work. I over stay my time. Why? I love the information gathering experience. Sometimes, I can go to You Tube and be entertained, and the story repeats itself over and over and over and over. (Lots of stuff at You Tube too) Oh, I forgot, there are games of all types on the internet. I like card games that I can play with myself, and I play them over and over and over. (my favorite currently is something called, "Spider Solitaire) The computer keeps track of my wins and loses, and tells me the total of how many games I have played. And guess what? The addiction repeats again, over and over and over and over just playing this game.. (I like to win this game, although I win rarely)
.... What to do?...I know what to do, and I don't want to do it. (sound familiar?) This particular topic place is Addiction & Recovery, so I thought I would share this problem with people who might have information on certain types of ....."addiction." If you got this far, thank you for reading this. And, I would greatly appreciate any ideas of any kind on this subject.

..........Thank You Again,

.......... Stuart G

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Reply Why the internet is addictive. And I am an internet addict. My thoughts. (Original post)
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Response to Stuart G (Original post)

Sat Aug 3, 2019, 12:37 PM

1. It's not a new problem

Pre-computer, we had these people called "bookworms".

About all you can do about any obsession that you feel is ruining your life, is to force yourself to do a variety of activities, including social ones (I'm talking face-to-face here, not social media.)

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Response to Stuart G (Original post)

Sat Aug 3, 2019, 02:13 PM

2. I'm a candidate for Internet Addict designation

Half of it at least is because it's an interesting distraction from important tasks that I don't want to do and keep putting off. What I try to do is carve out a block of time each day to be Internet free (unless it is necessary to doing some important task that needs to be done, and then of course use the Internet ONLY for doing that task during that block of time). So far I'm doing a poor job of it, but not a 100% failure -- I'm just spending maybe 1/4 of the very modest amount of time I've set as my goal on the important things.

And my house is a cluttered mess (one of the important tasks is to fix that, but basically over the last 3 or 4 years I've only succeeded in keeping it from getting worse. Before that, it was a couple of decades of slow but steady decline).

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Response to progree (Reply #2)

Sat Aug 3, 2019, 02:41 PM

4. I do like this idea ..Your quote: "carve out a block of time each day...

to be Internet free unless it is necessary to doing some important task that needs to be done. "

YES ,,,,,,,,,,,,,, "BLOCK OF TIME TO BE INTERNET FREE"!!!!!

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Response to Stuart G (Original post)

Sat Aug 3, 2019, 02:21 PM

3. people used to go to bed at sunset because there was little to do after dark. then came books. then

came radio, then came TV. internet is just the latest in something to do in down time

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