Has the Internet taken over your life?

@el_jeffo (751)
Philippines
May 19, 2007 6:04am CST
I won't admit to it if I'm asked, but I think it had. I find myself staying online for hours on end (if there's no school or work). It really helps with school, yes (for research and stuff) but I also tend to get distracted by other things on the internet like posting on message boards and playing games. Pretty soon I will end up having wasted 5 or more hours on silly things. But it's hard to dismiss as a simple distraction because does help a lot with many things in life, like school (as I mentioned earlier), hobbies, cooking, you name it. Furthermore, I can get to know all sorts of people without having to travel far, and I think it's really interesting. And because I don't see them and they don't see me, there's no need to follow societal norms--in other words, it gives me and many others true freedom to express, and apart from being fun I really appreciate when people speak in brutal honesty and truthfulness to themselves. The internet has kind of become a problem and a solution at the same time. And I'm living in it. It's a bit scary thinking that I've become this dependent on it and that it's starting to take over my real life. What do you think?
3 responses
@icehut (508)
19 May 07
Well, I need internet access for my work therefore, I can't work without it! Add to that online shopping (much better deals than in the highstreet stores) etc... I'd have to say no, the internet has not taken over my life... Instead, I use the internet...
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@el_jeffo (751)
• Philippines
19 May 07
I guess I could say the same too. I need the internet for school and work, and sometimes online shopping and therefore I use it...but whenever I can't use the internet I experience withdrawal symptoms. I have to check my message boards, my mail, etc even if I'm not expecting anything important or else I start feeling really upset.
@tala91285 (1080)
• Philippines
19 May 07
It is true that the internet is very beneficial to us but at the same time, it makes us waste many, many hours by idly surfing around looking for things that we don't really need just so that we'd have an excuse to stay longer. You should try to avoid letting it take over your real life because some people around you might become affected in one way or another. Limit yourself to a couple of hours a day if you don't really need to use it. Learn self-control! =)
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@el_jeffo (751)
• Philippines
19 May 07
That's another problem, I have no self-control. :D
@sad_man (81)
• Romania
19 May 07
same here camn't live without it!
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