Is anyone here addicted to the internet?
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!
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My husband is earning a living by teaching on line.
Video conferencing, papers submitted by computer.
The university is closed. (Social distancing)
Seems to me that he is addicted BUT he is working from home😷
I'm an author and the Internet is where most people go to buy books. My publisher wants authors to use social media to spread the word about their books. I''m on Facebook every day.
Not an addiction , but I socialize far more on the net. It is easier and keeps me less isolated. Quirks, tics and eye contact are not required for non-vid voip. Even long pauses and sudden stepping away are not unforgiveable breaches in your netiquette. Conversation voice-overs are taken less harshly. But on other hand people are less filtered and can irritate you easier. Fewer expectations for "normalcies". You have to be extraordinarily combative or rude to make every person present in the channel to block you. I miss friends I go to tea with but can vid call to do that in a sterile way.
FB is cesspool, I stopped being on it daily after 2014 but periodically check for the last generation unable to learn new platform therefore trapped there. Soon as it's replacement arrives I shall move completely. Just like I did before with BBCode> AOL>Myspace>Tribes>FB >Discord
I have many OCD habits that can loop an activity for unusual amount of time but actual addictions… Like thrill-seeking, gambling, smoking or imbibing foreign substances incl alcohol. The closest would be chocolate? The other would be geneaology research. Can't say games since after I have finished one I rarely go back, Minecraft & SimCity type games could result in unhealthy amount of time at keyboard but they also are put aside when I have to do some adulting.
Honestly, it would technically be dairy consumption since I'm allergic but eat/drink it anyway despite dark circles and rough skin punishments and other adverse results and the cognition that I should NOT eat much or any.
My son also does not seem to have an addictive physique. He is modest in game/pc tiime, moderate in his drawing time. He has bad habit of picking any unsmooth areas of his face to point of being horror movie extra (started first time with a mystery rash brought home from school but now every stiff hair, pimple, sunbump, rash, scratch is target), but the loop stops as soon as the skin is smooth. He is not addicted to the pain or action of ripping. THANK God!.
@sofaramnotdead , working for a local counseling center. Making appointments for seminars. Dealing with the public.
Hello! I can say that I am an internet addict. I am constantly doing emails on it occasionally playing a game and not doing much constructive things. I call the internet my monkey box. My boyfriend would be in the living roiom listening to his monkey box (the TV)
and I would be in the kitchen playing on my monkey box
I can say from my own experience that I do struggle with this but I know that this is not my only addiction either. I have a total of 14 of them and I am not proud of it