Do you get hooked on online reading/research?

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CH '79 (London).
United Kingdom
January 5, 2008 8:10pm CST
You know what I mean; there is so much information on the internet. It's like a Pandora's Box, so alluring. You can read it; listen to it; watch it on youtube...more information than you ever even knew existed, all available at the push of a button. Do you ever get hooked on it, caught up in a labyrinth or spiral of research, reading, information-seeking? I like to keep my research simple. I don't like to think too much. I have thought enough in my time. I know enough. I am content with the knowledge I already have. Sometimes, though, I get curious and like to research things; but I rarely if ever enjoy it. How about you? Do you thirst for more and still more knwoledge? Or do you like quiet in your mind as I do, and like to have mental peace. I like to keep my thoughts simple, and positive and think and believe the best of others. Are you like that? or do you love convoluted mental voyages?
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@kdhartford (1152)
• United States
6 Jan 08
I'm with you there. I often have to do research and then quicky find myself off on some tangent. I mean then I forgot why I even went on the internet in the first place. In a way, I think that is the allure of the internet...so much information.
• United Kingdom
6 Jan 08
I identify with that. I research some topic, and then research leads to more research until I find myself lost in a neverending spiral of information seeking; I have to find a way out! As you say...so much information.
@GardenGerty (96787)
• Marion, Kansas
6 Jan 08
I like to research new things, and read about them. I do not go so indepth as to cause myself mental disquiet. I just feed my curiosity of the moment. I regard learning new things as a preventative to loss of mental capacity when I am older.I want to continue learning and being and doing until I drop in my tracks.I do find that one search does often lead to another, but that is okay, excepr for the fact that I become too sedentary. I guess you could say that I am hooked.
• United Kingdom
6 Jan 08
One search does lead to another, which can be fascinating, but it does sometimes trouble me when I see no solution in sight. I can be sedentary, but I prefer to be on my feet, and am until I get tired; then the net is perfect. I almost never watch TV these days.
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@GardenGerty (96787)
• Marion, Kansas
6 Jan 08
At both of my jobs I am on my feet. I fall asleep when I watch TV. I have always listened to it while cooking, sewing, or computing.
@chooochy (356)
7 Jan 08
i must admit, i do get caught up with all the information that is available on the web, i start searching one thing and then find out another fascinating fact that i end up getting side tracked with, i regularly send my friends emails of random information i find that to me is quite fascinating but to them is completely bonkers lol however my one problem i have is esearching illnesses, if i got the doctors with a complaint and they tell me what it is, i tend to research the heck out of it and end up finding the worst case scenarios ending in me worrying myself silly over little things like colds lol
• United Kingdom
7 Jan 08
It is addictive isn't it. That is why I have to make a conscious effort not to research too much. I have a compulsion for breaking information down in order that it make sense to me, so I more I take on, the more breaking down I feel I have to do, that is, until I quit the research. In a day or two, all that new information has "settled" as it were. But then that is the beauty of the net; it's there; and it's tempting to find out about it. I researched illnesses some years ago when my mother developed a serious illness; it worried me silly, but she made a full recovery, thank goodness...:o)
@Idlewild (6105)
• United States
6 Jan 08
Absolutely... "world wide web" is a very apt name. I got to look up one thing, and the Web page has links to 10 or 20 others. And each of those has links to others. Pretty soon I've spent much more time researching that I ever planned, and I'm bookmarking or writing down sites I want to visit another time. It's a black hole that sucks up my time!
• United Kingdom
7 Jan 08
You're right; it's bottomless if you allow it to be. I'm a great bookmarker too...my list of favourites goes on and on and on...
• United States
6 Jan 08
I like to research a topic until I have all my answers. I wouldn't have any "mental peace" until I know everything I want to know. I have lost sleep trying to remember a certain actor that was in a certain film.I finally had to look it up.I could have stopped but it would have botherd me.
• United Kingdom
6 Jan 08
I'm like that. If I find out one thing about a certain topic, I have to know all about it. It is obsessive. Until I know enough to be able to make what I feel is a satisfactory mental judgement on a subject, it eats away at me.
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