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Addicted to the Internet - does this describe YOU?

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posted on Oct, 18 2006 @ 05:13 PM
It seems like more and more of us are becoming addicted to the internet. How many of you fall into this category?

'Internet Addiction' Growing in U.S.
More than one in eight U.S. adults finds it hard to stay away from the Internet for several days at a time and about one in 11 tries to hide his or her online habit, according to a study released Tuesday.

The study by researchers from the Stanford University School of Medicine in California found one in 8 adults admitted they needed to spend less time online, saying this showed "problematic Internet use" is present in a sizable portion of the population.

"We often focus on how wonderful the Internet is ? how simple and efficient it can make things," said Elias Aboujaoude, the study's lead author, in a statement.

"But we need to consider the fact that it creates real problems for a subset of people."


posted on Oct, 18 2006 @ 05:28 PM
Hows about we take the test
(Its f'n long so heres the link: )

You kiss you girlfriend's home page.
Your bookmarks list takes 15 minutes to scroll from top to bottom.
Your eyeglasses have a web site burned into them.
You find yourself brainstorming for new subjects to Google.
You refuse to go to a vacation spot with no electricity and no phone lines.
You finally do take that vacation, but only after buying a cellular modem and a laptop.
You spend half of the plane trip with your laptop on your lap.... and your kid in the overhead compartment.
Your dreams are in HTML.
You find yourself typing "com" after every period when using a word processor.
You turn your computer off and get this awful epmty feeling, like you just pulled the plug of your loved one.
You refer to going to the bathroom as downloading.
You start introducing yourself as "Jim at I-I-Net dot net dot au"
Your heart races faster and beats irredgularly each time you see a new WWW site address printed on the TV, even though you've never had heart problems before.
You step out of the room and realize that your roomates have moved and you don't have any idea when it happened.
You turn up the volume read loud when leaving the room so you can hear if anyone IM's you.
You wife drapes a blond wig over the monitor to remind you of what she looks like.
All of your friends have an @ in their names.
Looking at a pageful of someone else's links, you notice that you've been to all of them.
Your dog has its own webpage.
You believe nothing looks sexier than a man in boxer shorts illuminated by a 17" LCD Flat-Panel Monitor.
You check your mail. It says "no new messages." So you check it again.
You code your homework in HTML and give your intsructor the URL.
You don't know what sex your three of your closeset friends are, because they have nuetral screennames and you never bothered to ask.
You name your children Google, Friendster and Blogger
You miss more than five meals a week downloading the latest MP3's off Kazaa Lite.
You start looking for hot HTML addresses in public restrooms.
You wake up at 3 a.m. to go to the bathroom and stop and check your e-mail on the way back.

but on a serious note,
I think the nets become a mainstream TOOL for employment and communication.
I couldnt work if I didnt have the net, my job is run through utilisiing the internet.
I keep in contact with friends, family and colleagues oversea's through the net.
My favourite sport is no longer on tv, so i rely on the net for updates n sports.
and last be hold... the news.

How can you trust the TV for news.

I wouldnt say im addicted, but life has grown to utilise it.

posted on Oct, 18 2006 @ 06:05 PM

I won't even admit how many of your list apply to me... let's just say it's more than one.

But you're right - the net has become one of the most useful tools ever created. And it's to the point where people rely on it heavily - including me.

Now, if there were only more 24hr pizza shops in this area...

posted on Oct, 18 2006 @ 06:07 PM
Those are great!

I'm not addicted. I can go for however long I want without it

posted on Oct, 31 2006 @ 02:14 PM
I fear I'm an addict

posted on Oct, 31 2006 @ 06:01 PM
It's alright PeeMan. It's alright.

posted on Nov, 1 2006 @ 04:04 AM
I'm addicted to a lot of things, and of those things, the internet is one of the least harmful.


No biggie, right?

Being addicted to knowledge and information is a far sight better than being addicted to some stupid game, or some substance.

I know a woman who missed her daughter's graduation because of a football game on television. That's just plain pathetic. I think she'd be better off addicted to the internet.

Just sayin'...

posted on Nov, 1 2006 @ 04:12 AM
I can quit anytime I want.. No.. really!!..
I ,m just a social surfer... it,s no big deal
It,s not like I,m harming anyone is it???!!!!ahhhhhh

Besides.. you meet hot girls online..

posted on Nov, 2 2006 @ 12:47 AM
Well, I can honestly say only two of the things on that list applied
to me in any way shape or form.

I suppose when someone saysy addicted to something, it depends
on what they mean by addiction.

I'm not biochemically dependant on the internet, nor could anyone
ever be, unless some weird system was set up.

Can I go without the internet for days at a time?
Yes, but I feel isolated and uncomfortable after the first day.

I don't think it's really an addiction, as a tool that we've come to use
regularly, I mean try and imagine not using pointy things, you just
could'nt live as comfortably without them as you could with them,
that does'nt mean you're addicted to pointy things, it just means
that life is far more difficult without them.

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