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Are You an Internet Addict?

By bobcat
Oct 1, 2008
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  1. This may well be a redundant question here, but let’s see.

    Guide to understanding an Internet addict's day:

    • Slow day: didn't have much to do, so spent three hours on the Internet.
    • Busy day: managed to work in three hours of Internet.
    • Bad day: barely squeezed in three hours of Internet.

    Seems more like 5 hours with me.
    I’m sure there are many more criteria, and equally sure I meet most of them.

    How long do you spend on the internet?
    Are you an addict?
    Does it affect your normal life? If you have any that is!
    Do you know any cures?
    Most of all, do you want to be cured?
     
  2. DaMak420

    DaMak420 TS Rookie Posts: 189

    im an addict. including online gaming, and web browsing/forum trolling.... I probably spend close to 8-10 hours a day on the internet.
     
  3. tw0rld

    tw0rld TS Maniac Posts: 572   +6

    Yeah, I am. I spend most of my time on the internet. I spend anywhere from 4-8 hrs(Intermittently) online. It is reduced to four during to summer time, when i am out doing random stuff. I view
    my time spent online as a learning experience, therefore I do not think I want to be cured.
     
  4. mopar man

    mopar man TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 1,379

    Same here. Though I would like to reduce my time.

    I have no clue how long I am on the net, but at least 3 hours a day.
     
  5. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,702   +1,886

    Shouldn't this have been made into a poll? IE; "How do you handle it when you can't get on the web"?

    (1) I feel like I want to snuff it when the net goes down

    (2) I get bad shakes, but wish to continue on against my will

    (3) I can turn the computer off, but I still need to sit in front of it, staring at my own reflection. (Yeah, sort of like Narcissis).

    (4) I suffer only mild nausea, which I can almost handle.

    (5) I've briefly considered a vacation in a remote area without a wireless.
     
  6. bobcat

    bobcat TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 688   +67

    Well thought out alternatives captaincranky, but in fact I suspect that the real vote is between (1) and (2).

    Here is a more positive view:

    Give a person a fish and you feed them for a day; teach a person to use the Internet and they don't bother you for weeks.
     
  7. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

  8. tw0rld

    tw0rld TS Maniac Posts: 572   +6

    Hey!I scored a 36 on that site. I guess i am not addicted, or... maybe I lied..... Ha!Ha!Ha!.......:haha:
     
  9. matt1522

    matt1522 TS Rookie Posts: 81

    My job makes me an addict, Im a lab assistant at a computer lab on a college campus somewhere. If nobody needs help I have nothing to do so the internet becomes my friend
     
  10. DaMak420

    DaMak420 TS Rookie Posts: 189

    I got a 93...... /wrists
     
  11. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    Seek help

    Although I haven't !
     
  12. matt1522

    matt1522 TS Rookie Posts: 81

    And I got a 38
     
  13. Jerk

    Jerk TS Rookie Posts: 24

    OK people listen up...
    I been using computers since 1994,
    and i been surfing the net since 1998.

    But this doesn't meant i have to become
    a slave of my own computer or the Internet,
    of course not, we are the one who control things
    so don't let these adictions get hold of your self.

    here is what i normally do on my bases routines with
    my computer, programming, surf the net for my drivers
    and for some other things. normally i am not that good
    with games any more, i used to like then and i still like then,
    but not that much like many users that spent hours with games.
    i also like blogs and forums like many of you, but i never forget
    to reduce the time i spent and every of the stuf i do on these things.

    Anyways, there are many injuries causing by your computer...
    your hands, your eyes, your back, your feets, and many more.
    so becarefull on not to stay for so many hours with your computer.

    The history continue...

    Sincerely, Jerk
     
  14. Richardw9

    Richardw9 TS Rookie Posts: 127

  15. Jerk

    Jerk TS Rookie Posts: 24

    There is no need to enter to one of those web pages
    where you can run a test of your self in all those forms.
    you can actually tell by yourself if you are an addinct or not.

    thats it.
     
  16. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,524

    Well you need to admit addiction to yourself first, and be aware of it
    How many of us have gone on the computer for 5mins at 8:30pm, and got off at 1am; Oh that's why the other half was so upset !
     
  17. bobcat

    bobcat TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 688   +67

    If you agree with the following statement, then there is no longer a cure for your addiction:

    Work is for people who don't have internet access.

    To me, that’s self evident and taken for granted! :D
     
  18. craZy18gurl

    craZy18gurl TS Rookie Posts: 51

    1) I dunno, depends really. At max...3 to 5 maybe
    2) Mmm, not totally
    3) Nope nope.
    4)....read a book?
    5) Meh, I'm happy the way I am

    I guess I'm an avergae.

    Erm, nuuuuu I don't think so.
     
  19. joytime360

    joytime360 Banned Posts: 57

    I spent about 4 hours on linke for music, movie, emails, and gaming.
     
  20. fairytale00

    fairytale00 Banned Posts: 56

    I used to be an addict. I played games, check emails, find movies, browsing web pages, go to stores, But now I am too busy I only checked emails now and then.
     
  21. Guntrikx

    Guntrikx TS Rookie

    I am definitely on the verge of it for example right now i am supposed to be studying for a test but i find myself looking through these forums
     
  22. Acclamator

    Acclamator TS Rookie Posts: 261

    I spend most of my time on the computer practicing Counter-Strike. I currently play in CAL-IM. Besides that I also use to talk to my girlfriend.

    Your Score: 46

    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.
     
  23. ninnche

    ninnche TS Rookie Posts: 19

    Huh,absolutely!! It's perfect drug for me!! :)
     
  24. peacefulchaos

    peacefulchaos TS Rookie Posts: 44

    I believe I'm an addict, but really only on weekdays. On an average weekday I spent a good 12 hours on the internet. Keep in mind though 8 hours of this is at work in IT. I'm not saying work is all I do during that time, but that is part of my excuse. I think it does affect my normal life during the week as I'd much rather be alone in a dark room than communicate with anybody during work and after work. On weekends I still hang out with real life friends, get out of the house, and do console gaming so I don't think it's that bad. The only cure would be for internet not to be available anymore and no, I definitely do not want cured.
     
  25. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 3,435   +145

    I scored 58, and i do want to cut down.

    A great way is to either unplug your internet cable / disable your internet, or use Comcast and hit their limits for internet usage. I think its like 250 gb a month or 15 mins of high bandwidth activity, then blocking for 15 mins.
     

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