Is anyone here addicted to the internet?

Posted by usernameca @usernameca, Mon, Sep 9 12:53am

I came to the conclusion years ago that I was, but I just brushed it off because I had been diagnosed (and take medications for) with Severe Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. But now I can see that it’s because I have been diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome (which I actually don’t think I have), but I think I have “plain” autism. That’s often considered worse than having Asperger’s. Anyway, a symptom of both of these can be a severe obsession with one thing. For me, that one thing is probably the internet. I figure that I’ve been on it for 25 years now, probably at least 350 days-a-year. and anywhere from 2 to 16 hours-a-day! why? Because I’m convinced that somehow, some way, I’ll figure out a way to “earn a living” online working from home. Hah! I doubt that any human being has ever done that, and that includes Bill Gates, Mark zuckerberg, and Jeff Bezos!

@usernameca
Hi,

I don’t have an addiction but am curious if anyone has suggested seeking help from a mental health professional to see if there are any other underlying causes. You recognize that there is a problem so that’s a big step forward. I am also curious as to what you do during the day when you are on the internet only 2 hours. Do you eat regularly, sleep well, have any physical ailments, live alone, how old are you?, any interaction with people outside your home? Any reason you can’t work outside the home? Do you live in a rural area or metropolitan area? Source of income? Are you incapacitated in any way?
These are questions a mental health professional would ask. Everyone is an internet user to some degree (out of necessity or as entertainment).
Am interested to see if how many others are in your situation.
Why did you choose to post to the Mayo forum? Sounds like you want help.

Regards from FL Mary

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Hi, @usernameca – you've brought up an important topic here, potential internet addiction, which I think is more widespread than many may imagine. 350 days-a-year. and anywhere from 2 to 16 hours-a-day is indeed quite a bit of time on the internet, yet you don't seem to feel that what you are looking for — an online job — is likely to bear out for you.

In addition to the great comments and questions that @imallears posted, I'm hoping that @stressedmesseddepressed will also join this discussion about being addicted to the internet. I'd also like to invite into this discussion @angelinaprinzivalli @lorena1egas @wellandhappy!. Since you mentioned being somewhere on the autism spectrum, I also wanted to ask @mamacita and @sirgalahad to join the conversation.

Have you seen any results with your search for an online position thus far?

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Good evening, @usernameca and @lisalucier, Let me start by directing attention to this research by a reliable source.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3480687/ .

It appears that the early findings were gathered from non-work related online use rather than from working online use and the psychiatric organization involved still introduced the word "addiction" to describe what they felt was impulsive or obsessive behavior. If I read this correctly you @usernamea are seeking online employment and wondering if you will have to confront elements of addiction.

In my opinion, the internet is a part of the march of technology into and through our lives. What was normal in 1996 when the first research inquiries were made, is not viable today. I am sure a large percentage of our citizenry sit in front of a computer screen for much of their day. What are they risking? I for one, have dry eye syndrome, in part brought on by spending too much time on a digital device. I do enjoy the accessibility of knowledge on any subject that can entrance me for hours.

We see the rather poignant visuals of young folks in 1997 walking in the park and talking with each other. Today's images show them looking at their phones often with their backs to their friends. Is their behavior abnormal, concerning, anti-social or just in line with our "internet" world? So..let's hope we can glean more and more from current research.

For me, the answer is quite simple, interacting with "my devices" serves as a viable distraction from pain. At one time, I think I spent too much money on those in-app purchases when my neuropathy was a new issue and I was extremely confused and frightened. Gaming and researching were escapes from the reality of discomfort. Now that I understand my medical status better and have found some solutions that give me staying power, I spend a lot less money and a lot fewer hours on games. On the other hand, I do enjoy my time on Connect and besides, it justifies what we can now call a worthwhile and beneficial addiction to technology. Have a restful sleep. Chris

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@usernameca, actually, it is indeed possible to work from home using the internet. I turned down two jobs because it just wasn't a good fit for me. Two friends work from home and do very well.

Everyday Aspergers, by Samantha Craft. Spectrum Suite.org. Actually Autistic here. I "passed" for years. If feels really good to just be myself. Another connection I would recommend to you is Supporty McGroupface on Facebook. It's going to be ok.

Mamacita Jane

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@usernameca I am autistic, diagnosed with Aspergers. I use the internet as an easier way to connect with people, especially now that we live in a rural setting. I have cyber-friends all over, who I would never have otherwise. The internet is part of our world today, and while it is useful for so many things, it can be a great time-waster. It can be an excuse to not do everyday chores or big projects. How do you see your usage of the internet? As a resource for information or as a way to pass the time?
Ginger

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HI, @usernameca – you'd mentioned last month that you came to the conclusion years ago that you were addicted to the internet. Wanted to check in with you and see how you are feeling about your internet use lately?

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@mamacita

@usernameca, actually, it is indeed possible to work from home using the internet. I turned down two jobs because it just wasn't a good fit for me. Two friends work from home and do very well.

Everyday Aspergers, by Samantha Craft. Spectrum Suite.org. Actually Autistic here. I "passed" for years. If feels really good to just be myself. Another connection I would recommend to you is Supporty McGroupface on Facebook. It's going to be ok.

Mamacita Jane

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You turned down 2 jobs that you could have done from home? Can I ask what jobs they were? Thanks.

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@lisalucier

HI, @usernameca – you'd mentioned last month that you came to the conclusion years ago that you were addicted to the internet. Wanted to check in with you and see how you are feeling about your internet use lately?

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Nothing has changed. I'm trying to teach myself programming languages. People with Autism may become "addicted" to the internet for financial reasons. They know that if their money ever runs out, they are in BIG trouble unless they can create a job. Applying for jobs doesn't work very well for some people with Autism.

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@sofaramnotdead

Nothing has changed. I'm trying to teach myself programming languages. People with Autism may become "addicted" to the internet for financial reasons. They know that if their money ever runs out, they are in BIG trouble unless they can create a job. Applying for jobs doesn't work very well for some people with Autism.

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Hi, @sofaramnotdead – thinking of you and wondering how you are doing? How's it going with learning some programming languages?

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