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  • Yes, it's addictive.

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  • No, it's not addictive.

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  • Depends on the individual.

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  • It's a little addictive but controllable.

    11 29.73%
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    Re: Is The Internet Addictive?

    Quote Originally Posted by Helix View Post
    the internet is a resource akin to a modern library of Alexandria. additionally, it allows direct and toll free communication between everyone in the world who has access. humankind is finally interlinked, and many obstacles to collaboration have been removed. to top it off, it fits on a device the size of a calculator.

    it's amusing to me that anyone could paint this as "negative." if you're not going outside enough, go outside more.
    No one's painting the internet as a negative. The fact remains that, for many people, internet usage is addictive.
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    Re: Is The Internet Addictive?

    I would imagine it's not so much the internet itself, but what you can do with the internet.

    I know people who are addicted to WoW, but not the internet necessarily.

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    Re: Is The Internet Addictive?

    For me the internet is like heroine. I seriously have a problem.
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    Re: Is The Internet Addictive?

    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    I suggest you Google it.
    It was a meant to be a joke.

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    Re: Is The Internet Addictive?

    Quote Originally Posted by Unitedwestand13 View Post
    It was a meant to be a joke.
    Yes, I know. So was my post.
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    Re: Is The Internet Addictive?

    Quote Originally Posted by grip View Post
    Surfing the internet for long periods of time can cause withdrawal symptoms 'similar to people on a comedown from ecstasy' | Mail Online

    According to this article spending time on the Internet has a profound negative impact.

    I personally spend an average of a couple hours a day but it has never impacted my normal activities in a negative way.

    What do you think, is the Web a problem or just another source of entertainment and education?
    LOL - I'm on the net most of the time but it's spurts in between everything else I have to do.

    I'm also addicted to reading - jewelry - and coffee.

    I'd say it's no more of a problem than any of those things. REading's worse because no one ever says that's a concern - it's encouraged.

    Overall - I think WHAT you read/do is more important than that you do it at all or do it for a long period of time. I read news, research and debate . . . I'm more intellectually stimulated than a college student (which I also am). The things I might put off like home improvement and cleaning are mindless but necessary chores that can truly dumb a person down if that's all they ever do with their time.

    In fact - as a stay at home mother - I started debating/researching things on my own so my brain wouldn't just rot away. . . and I'm much better off for it all, too.
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    Re: Is The Internet Addictive?

    Quote Originally Posted by grip View Post
    Surfing the internet for long periods of time can cause withdrawal symptoms 'similar to people on a comedown from ecstasy' | Mail Online

    According to this article spending time on the Internet has a profound negative impact.

    I personally spend an average of a couple hours a day but it has never impacted my normal activities in a negative way.

    What do you think, is the Web a problem or just another source of entertainment and education?
    It's interesting, and I have an idea of the reason why, at least for some of us.
    I read a pretty informative good book last week, dealing with human psychology and dysfunction. It addresses the human tendency toward "projection" of negative interaction toward others, the need for human communication in general. One of the chapters in the book dealt with the use of writing down thoughts, uniterrupted by feedback from others, as a useful means of therapeutic activity for the individual. It made me realize that this is why I like to participate on forums such as this one. I can organize my thoughts, and express ideas, which keeps me in touch with a more objective frame of thinking, rather than getting wrapped up in emotive responses toward people who like to stir the pot. Not saying that I don't have emotional responses, but the method of interacting seems to promote a more measured response. It think it's the same reason that people like to write letters. It's a chance to create and express what is authentic.
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    Re: Is The Internet Addictive?

    Quote Originally Posted by lizzie View Post
    It's interesting, and I have an idea of the reason why, at least for some of us.
    I read a pretty informative good book last week, dealing with human psychology and dysfunction. It addresses the human tendency toward "projection" of negative interaction toward others, the need for human communication in general. One of the chapters in the book dealt with the use of writing down thoughts, uniterrupted by feedback from others, as a useful means of therapeutic activity for the individual. It made me realize that this is why I like to participate on forums such as this one. I can organize my thoughts, and express ideas, which keeps me in touch with a more objective frame of thinking, rather than getting wrapped up in emotive responses toward people who like to stir the pot. Not saying that I don't have emotional responses, but the method of interacting seems to promote a more measured response. It think it's the same reason that people like to write letters. It's a chance to create and express what is authentic.
    Getting your thoughts out in the open allows for better self scrutiny. I think it's therapeutic and a way of learning temperance and patience. I don't have a lot of outside contacts anymore and find online posting a comfortable form of social communication.

    I can talk to most people casually in the real world but have a tendency to cut them off sooner, because of how quickly they begin to expect things from you.
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    Re: Is The Internet Addictive?

    The internet? An addiction?! Psh never!!!! Take it back!! Shut the door, too!!!!!

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    Re: Is The Internet Addictive?

    Quote Originally Posted by zgoldsmith23 View Post
    The internet? An addiction?! Psh never!!!! Take it back!! Shut the door, too!!!!!


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