~Internet Addiction~

Discussion in 'Self Harm & Substance Abuse' started by Urza, Jun 23, 2011.

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  1. Urza

    Urza Active Member

    Not your usual 'substance abuse' true though there is a debate right now on whether or not the internet/computer is an addiction or not though I believe it is.

    I was going to go offline for a week to work on some projects around the apartment (though I did do a spot of cleaning) and just twenty-four hours from giving my DSL cord to someone I trust I find another so shrugging I log back in.

    Which completely defeats the purpose of giving the cord to someone I trust when I have a 'spare,' I mean I really go to great lengths to log back onto the internet.

    And I don't even like the internet much anymore, I spend WAY too much time on it, spending money, looking up porn, having cyber-sex and playing browser games. WAY too much time.

    It's a huge distraction to the things I want to be doing such as reading, writing and exercising.

    And yet here I am again and you know I'd smash my computer if I knew it would do any good but it wouldn't.

    So, anyone whose addicted to the internet what do you do? What would you do? To go offline, maybe not indefinitely but long enough to get what you need to do done.

    Thank you for any and all feedback.

    ~Urza~​
     
  2. lightbeam

    lightbeam Antiquities Friend

    I wish I could get away from the computer.

    I spend all day on it. I don't exercise or anything either. I really need to get my weight down.

    But I am like you. I always have a spare to help reconnect the Internet. I guess we shall see.
     
  3. japanlover

    japanlover Well-Known Member

    I want to cancel my internet connection, sell my computer, but still buy wireless able devices because I feel e-readers or tablets are very good. I don't like the idea of walls of books to lose them all in a fire.
     
  4. HakunaMatata

    HakunaMatata Well-Known Member

    I think it should be classed as an addiction too. – I defiantly have a serious addiction. Mostly everyday I’m on my laptop for a good 12+ hours. I’m usually finding sites to socialize with people, looking at porn, playing video games, listening to music, or watching movies/shows. More unless escaping from the real world & literally dropping all my worries. It's a love hate relationship.
    A weird thing though, i defiantly don't enjoy cyber-sex, nor do i take a liking to people on social sites that have semi-nude pictures up, and some other things too that would make me not want to talk to that person. I'm not hating on you either, Urza.
     
  5. gakky1

    gakky1 Well-Known Member

    It is an addiction, not just for us but if you think about it probably so many millions around the world, don't think an addiction needs to be a physical thing.
    Never was real happy in my live but was fairly content and not depressed to the point where it effected my life to a harmful degree, looking back it was mainly because I forgoed modern technology for so long except for some sort of music player so skipping modern things enabled me to go out and do other things. However 2 1/2 years ago got my first computer, there is no doubt the internet is by far the #1 reason for my state or it at least quickened the problems that were buried to come out,:sad: now the problem is my whole life and I'm sure many others are so wrapped around the internet what do you do to stop it? Cold turkey on many addictions are not always the way to go.:mhmm:
     
  6. Urza

    Urza Active Member

    Lightbeam - I also need to get back into shape, I used to be lean and fit, I would walk and bike ride almost daily no matter the season, well, maybe not bike riding in winter but even so I would walk on a near-daily basis.

    Now I'm more round than straight and I attribute it greatly to internet addiction.

    Japanlover - It's a shame that we couldn't keep what is needful and useful of the internet and disconnect from the fluff.

    RawrDinosaur - I didn't think you were being hating on me at all RawrDinosaur. :) I was being candid as you are otherwise how can you treat an addiction if the whole of it isn't known?

    gakky1 - I was living in a large city when I first discovered the internet and I can trade the entire 'course of my life to that one moment, which is sad, I remember only bits and pieces from before and oddly enough as terrible as they were to remember I was a lot more productive then. I wonder that to, my whole day revolves around the internet and I've tried to quit it cold turkey like I did with smoking.

    ~Urza~​
     
  7. Butterfly

    Butterfly Pokémon Master Staff Alumni SF Author SF Supporter

    I think its definately an addiction. Through my teen years I would go on the computer when I woke up and used to be late for school and would spend all night on it when I came home from school. I would spend all weekend on it too. A good 16 hours a day at the weekends sometimes more. I think a lot of it was because I was a social recluse especially when I moved house and got bullied. I still spend hours on there now but has been cut down a lot especially as my laptop broke and now my fiance is spwnding the summer with me. I know for a fact that when I fix my laptop and my fiance goes home I will be back into my old ways because I dont have anything else in my sad sorry life.
     
  8. gakky1

    gakky1 Well-Known Member

    ^^ You mentioned about your laptop breaking down, as much as that would kill me if that happened I sometimes wonder if that wouldn't be the best thing to happen,:mhmm: lived so many decades without one, better years in a way. And like you said about spending all that time on it, does rule your schedule, am up so late at night now because of it plus the vast majority of the day on it.:grr:
     
  9. morning rush

    morning rush Well-Known Member

    for a long time I refused to connect to the internet, but then I went to france and made some friends who gave me their emails...so I decided to go on it and then discovered so many things (mainly anime/manga pictures, clips and shows) and that was like opening alibaba's cave....

    now though I can go on without internet, to be honest I'm not much on it....depends on days...but I do watch at least one movie on my laptop per day...
     
  10. gakky1

    gakky1 Well-Known Member

    ^^ Like you said, it is good in some regards, opening the world so much wider to find out things you've never known before or to find that rare anime or movie, problem is finding the right balance between the real world and world of the internet.:mhmm:
     
  11. Urza

    Urza Active Member

    I've been scouring the internet and talking to some friends about some ideas on how to control your internet addiction so that it doesn't control you. Of course it depends upon the level of severity of your addiction that determines the level of severence to the internet you need. Like I said these are just a few ideas.

    1.) Cancel your internet subscription
    2.) Give your computer/internet cords to someone you trust (including spares)
    3.) Set an egg timer
    4.) Put up a post-it on your computer screen of somethings you want to do BEFORE logging in
    5.) Delete entertainment/recreational bookmarks and limit the internet to be work-related only

    Add to this list and tell what you've tried.

    ~Urza~​
     
  12. xsomewhatdamagedx

    xsomewhatdamagedx Well-Known Member

    i guess that i do have internet addiction but thats only because it has become my life line i dont have anything else in my life that keeps me going
     
  13. Kathy

    Kathy Well-Known Member

    I guess it can be an addiction, but what is it you're really addicted to? Your computer and the internet? Or what you can get out of it. Forums like this, and the people i've met on them are what keeps me going. They're the only place I get real support. Yes, I probably spend too much time on the internet, but if I had support like that in real life i'd much prefer to be there. I guess i'm not addicted to the internet, more the people I meet. The people who understand and help me. I really see no problem with that.
     
  14. AlienBeing

    AlienBeing Well-Known Member

    Before the internet, I read a lot and wrote letters to people. Now I read on the internet and write letters and notes with it. It's just a different medium for the same activities.
     
  15. xXWhateverItTakesXx

    xXWhateverItTakesXx Forum Buddy

    I guess I could be an addict. I pretty much come on everyday, sometimes several times. However I only use it for a long time during the night, because that is the hardest time for me. The rest of the time is just checking facebook/news ect for a short time

    I do lots of other stuff apart from using the internet, so I would probably say I was a borderline addict :laugh:
     
  16. Underground

    Underground Well-Known Member

    I have an internet addiction (and food addiction..) and I'm supposed to be getting CBT soon to help deal with this, but in all honesty, I'm my own worst enemy because the internet is literally my Comfort Zone. I spend hours online every day, because the internet is my comfort zone. There's so much I can do.. be on these forums, YouTube, news, etc. it's basically the rest of the world in a digitalised form at my fingertips, but as the years go by, it's damaging me socially, mentally and physically. Too much computer.. no exercise.. snacking.. eye damage.. lack of real human contact..
    Although depression/anxiety plays a part, it's also part of the reason I'm flunking my college course..

    My internet addiction started when I was 13 when we got this new computer (we had a computer before this, but it was dogsh*t). I was grounded for anti-social behaviour with my friends, and I began to explore using the computer more I guess. I just researched stuff to do with games, and I also started using YouTube and stuff. This was right before I started year 9, and in year 9 I started getting badly bullied and I couldn't cope with change, so I became more and more introverted and the computer became my safe haven. In December 2006 I joined Habbo Hotel and became addicted to that, and met lots of people, I was paranoid of pedos though, so I faked my gender/identity, which would bite me in the ass 2-3 years later because I became good friends with this girl and guy and it was eating me inside - I confessed the truth, and although it was a big shock, we worked through it. However the others found out via hacking my friends email, and that caused a lot of sh*t. I only have 4 online friends now (K, A, R and L) and I do love them all), but I'm still an internet addict I guess, 5 years later, and I am in serious need of a lifestyle change. I'm 18, I shouldn't be needing this comfort zone anymore, I should be enjoying my young adulthood and I wish I had the motivation to do these things, but the truth is I don't. Not yet, anyway. I am in a mindset that I'm still the 14 year old scared, bullied school girl in 2007 with no friends...
     
  17. peacelovingguy

    peacelovingguy Well-Known Member

    The internet is addictive in a myriad of ways - but all said and done, I'd hate to lose my internet subscription as its the only 'luxury' I have.

    I gave up TV when I discovered the internet. That saved me a small fortune in the licence fee and your cable charges also. I sold my TV just before TVs could not be given away!

    I can catch up on the news - watch TV online - download TV series without one single advert plus have the ability to fast forward past any scenes which are too sexual in content or too violent or repeat anything I don't quite 'get'.

    Not watching TV changes your outlook - but some TV series are really quite good. As for sport, I am spoilt for choice and am able to pretty much watch anything.

    My computer is usually on 24/7 - but I also run a home security network for the neighbours after we discovered that many had cameras which could be hooked up to our network in the hope of catching a few naughty individuals up to no good.

    I could give up the internet - I last stopped using during a stint in Europe. For weeks I was blissfully unaware of what was happening in the UK.
     
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