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Kyle401
11-03-2006, 02:52 PM
Are You an Internet Addict?
By Gina Hughes
Fri Nov 3, 2006 7:58AM EST
See Comments (http://tech.yahoo.com/blogs/hughes/6574#see_comments) (525)
I was reading through an AFP report (http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/afplifestyleserbiainternet;_ylt=AjfXDuXHfM3Qs_Dfw7YxSA0nLpA5) on Yahoo! News that says Serbia is now treating people with Internet addictions. This counseling center considers anyone who is not interested in daily activities with family and friends as a potential Internet addict and looks for other signs such as spending prolonged hours online, turning to virtual friends, and isolation. I'm not sure exactly how they treat Internet addiction, but they say treatment usually lasts one year.
After reading this, I headed over to Net Addiction (http://us.lrd.yahoo.com/_ylt=Ahbq1._e0oVgc6QSwSWa1xUnLpA5/SIG=126esform/**http%3a//www.netaddiction.com/resources/internet_addiction_test.htm) and took an Internet Addiction Test (IAT) that told me my Internet usage is causing occasional problems in my life. I won't take that test too seriously because my occupation requires me to be online a lot of the time. However, I will keep that in mind next time I choose surfing the web over, er, household chores. Can you blame me?
Internet addiction can be harmful for those who delve into the darker side of the web, such as online gambling, cybersex, online affairs, and online gaming. But how do you know when you or someone you love is addicted to the Internet? When is it time to pull the plug and seek treatment?
Here's a list of common symptoms to watch out for:
1. Lying about how much time is spent online.
2. General decrease of physical activity and social life.
3. Neglecting obligations at home, work, or school to spend time online.
4. Spending too much money on computer equipment or Internet activities.
5. Feeling a constant desire to be online when they're away from the computer.
6. Going online to escape real world problems.
7. Disregarding the emotional or physical consequences of being in front of a computer all day.
8. Denial of the problem.
There is much debate about the reality of Internet addiction. The bottom line is that anything can be harmful when abused. If you find yourself spending more time online than with real people, then plan for some quality time with the family or friends every other day. Find an activity the whole family enjoys and make a date with them.
I personally disconnect completely every weekend and get out of the house so I'm not tempted to check email. I also have movie nights and "Lost" nights during the week, which are a great excuse to turn off the computer. Different things work for different people, so just find something you enjoy and don't hesitate to shut the computer off.
What do you do to escape cyberspace?

KC-TBB
11-03-2006, 03:22 PM
I was going to say, "NO" but then again, I've been on this site most of the day...CRAP!

CosmicPal
11-03-2006, 03:27 PM
Yes, without a doubt.

I'm also addicted to the following:

Coffee
Alcohol
Drugs
Sex
Sleep
Porn
Kellogg's Frosted Blueberry Pop-tarts
A fistful of M&M's
Golf
Pool
Fantasy Football
Watching past episodes of Cheers even though I've seen them at least a dozen times already
YouTube
and listening to music

JBucc
11-03-2006, 03:31 PM
I'd say no. There've been several times in the past few years that I've been without Internet or a computer and it wasn't that big of a deal. I usually just post on here as I'm doing other things.

Kyle401
11-03-2006, 03:31 PM
I'm pretty sure that just the time spent on this BB alone qualifies most of the regulars.

Halfcan
11-03-2006, 03:34 PM
Yes, without a doubt.

I'm also addicted to the following:

Coffee
Alcohol
Drugs
Sex
Sleep
Porn
Kellogg's Frosted Blueberry Pop-tarts
A fistful of M&M's
Golf
Pool
Fantasy Football
Watching past episodes of Cheers even though I've seen them at least a dozen times already
YouTube
and listening to music

That about covers it for me too-lol

Kyle401
11-03-2006, 03:35 PM
Here are my internet addiction test results

"You are an average on-line user. You may surf the Web a bit too long at times, but you have control over your usage."

Maybe I cheated. :shrug:

JBucc
11-03-2006, 03:36 PM
I am addicted to those little chocolate fudge rounds from little debbie. They don't even taste all that good but I usually eat the entire box within a day or two. I think they put heroin in those things.

ChiefFan31
11-03-2006, 04:29 PM
I say yes, absolutely.

But, minus all the drama of the first post. Withdrawing from life and escaping, neglecting work, blah blah

The test seems to be aimed at fuggin EMO kids who want to cut themselves or something.

Im on the Internet at work all day. I surf at home. BFD

PinkFloyd
11-03-2006, 04:34 PM
I'm not addicted to the internet... I'm just addicted to all the lesbian porn on the internet !!! :) :)

Hydrae
11-03-2006, 04:41 PM
Different things work for different people, so just find something you enjoy and don't hesitate to shut the computer off.


The computer has an off switch??? :spock:

CupidStunt
11-03-2006, 04:58 PM
Not really. But it's there and I will use it often and possibly for extended periods to do everything I need to: bet, poker, email, sports news, etc.