When they consider interenet addictiive

@suspenseful (40312)
Canada
August 29, 2009 10:59am CST
I was wondering when people consider internet addictive? Is there after so many hours a day, is it when you are at the computer for hours at a time without a break, is it if you use the internet every day even though you go on it and after doing one thing rush off it and do something else? So when is it considered internet addictive? I know if it is what my husband thinks, I eat every day, then I could be considered eating addictive. So is there a yard stick to when the internet is just useful, or when it is addictive? So what is the yard stick?
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@mtdewgurl74 (18116)
• United States
29 Aug 09
To me being addicted to the internet means that I constantly have urges to log online when I am not.it is the first thing I want to get on in the morning and it is the last thing I get off of at night..that I would rather be online then to clean house,do laundry,get sleep,or do stuff I am supposed to be doing...everything seems to take a back seat to me wanting to be online. Actually from what the doc says.. I do have a compulsive eating disorder..and I am supposed to keep my mind and hands occupied..so being online is best for me..not sitting in from the of the boob tube staring at yummy commercials of food and other stuff..So I am glad to be addicted to being online. I also like to read alot..so it helps me in more ways then one being online...except for the household chores never get done on time..
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@GardenGerty (118198)
• United States
7 Sep 09
Those household chores will be there forever. Mine have been, I assure you. good for you to have something to replace food.
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@mtdewgurl74 (18116)
• United States
7 Sep 09
Yeah, otherwise I would be big as a barn..I swear it..lol
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@suspenseful (40312)
• Canada
5 Jan 10
I did wonder why they do not consider food addictive. Or rather eating addictive? If some assume that having the internet on or turning on the computer every day means that one is internet addicted, why do they not apply that to eating? After all, when we get up in the morning, we have to eat. And for some, we have to make money by using the computer. Yes, try writing a book by hand and sending it out. Will not get anyone to publish it even if it is perfect.
@GardenGerty (118198)
• United States
29 Aug 09
I think some of the guidelines that apply to other addictions also apply to computer use and the internet. Not if you use it every day. It could just be a habit. Signs of addiction would be if you use it instead of eating or sleeping, if it interferes with your job or regular routine, if you substitute computer use for relationships. I do not think you do any of that. Your husband is not well, and whether he says so or not, he is probably afraid of being totally neglected or of dying. Also bored. He is not kind to you because of this. You do not seem to be addicted to internet to me.
@suspenseful (40312)
• Canada
6 Sep 09
I sort of get the idea that if some people want to be fair, they have to regard other addictions the same way they regard internet addiction. So I should be also berated by having a food addiction, a breathing addiction, etc. Yet I do those things everyday and they are not considered addictions, but if one is on the internet every day, even if it is not 8 hours at a time and even if they still attend to their regular duties, it is called an addiction. I thought that addiction is something harmful like smoking.
@mipen2006 (5528)
• Australia
29 Aug 09
I'd say most of us on the Internet are addicted to some degree. To me it's like reading a book, if it is interesting, you can't put it down, but when you come to some slow parts, it's easy to lay it aside. Well the internet is much the same for me.
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@suspenseful (40312)
• Canada
5 Jan 10
You cannot be partially addicted to something. When you are addicted, you want to be on it, even when you are not and there are times when I do not want to be on the internet. That means that I am not addicted. But if someone thinks the internet is evil and only used for bad things, then that person will think anyone who uses the internet for banking or for looking up sites to donate money is addictive. So in reality, it is because they think the internet is not a nice place.
• India
29 Aug 09
what i feel is that being addicted to the internet is just not losing interest in it ....personally i feel i am addicted to internet... whenever you have an opportunity of doing something useful ..you just dont feel like leaving the pc and do any work,,, that is what internet addiction acoording to me.
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@suspenseful (40312)
• Canada
5 Jan 10
It does sound sensible. I wonder if you would be considered internet addictive if you are on it to make money. That would put a different spin to it. I just cannot understand that my husband thinks I am internet addictive when I am here on mylot or trying to make a little money but when he wants me to look for something that could take an hour or more, then it is perfectly all right for me to spend hours here.
@adityalk (45)
• India
29 Aug 09
i surf about 8 hours a day
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@suspenseful (40312)
• Canada
6 Sep 09
Yes but what do you use the internet for and is your place a mess, and things burning on the stove, and your laundry neglected because of it?
@levyx22 (187)
• United States
29 Aug 09
I would say I am addicted to the internet. It's pretty much all I do all day, every day, all night, every night, except when I am out with friends. It even takes away from when I am out with friends because sometimes I want to get home to the computer! It's actually a hard addiction to break, more difficult than the average person may think.
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@suspenseful (40312)
• Canada
5 Jan 10
I have the internet on all day, but I am not on it all the time. I am too busy with everything else. I really do not have time. I do want to be on the computer, but that is because I am writing a novel, and have all my financial records online, so I have to check them, but that is different because really I also have to get the house done, do the washings, etc. that makes it hard for me to get addictive. I really do not have that much time.
@JenBth (75)
• United States
29 Aug 09
I think to be considered addicted to the internet you would have to be neglecting your responsibilities, hiding how much you are online, neglecting human relationships and overall be a hindrance in your daily life. If being on the internet for long lengths of time takes you away from everything else you should be doing and causes a disruption in your life- then you should take a look at reducing your time online or getting help.
@suspenseful (40312)
• Canada
8 Sep 09
My husband knows how much time I am on the internet, and I do my housework, etc. and I do not have to hide what I am doing. The trouble I find that people do not consider what you are doing and think that you can giver it up. I can see giving it up on vacation, but then when I am on a vacation, I plan for it. I will tell people I am away, and give notice to my email accounts. I will also write a bit more, and if I have any banking, I will make sure I transfer money ahead of time so I am not caught short, and pay the credit card ahead of time as well. So if I am sudddenly told no internet and if my husband could go to the cable company and then wheel in and say "we want to cut off the internet:" it might mean I might not be able to cover things, etc. So it is a necessity unless you are gambling or playing games.
@ElicBxn (61148)
• United States
29 Aug 09
I think some games and mylot are addictive, I think checking email is like checking snail mail, unless you are panting over every little piece that drops in - like me
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@peavey (16960)
• United States
30 Aug 09
I don't know if there is a real measurement, but I would say it's addictive when you can't or don't want to, go a weekend without it. If you can take off and do other things and if you don't turn it on first thing every morning (I used to do that!), then I think you're ok. I work online, so I'm glad sometimes to get off, but find myself wandering back to it at odd hours and that bothers me.
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@peavey (16960)
• United States
7 Sep 09
Does any business person actually spend hours every day, seven days a week working on his business? I would think he was addicted, then. I contract work for a very successful business online and the whole office works 8 to 9 hours 5 days a week. The boss sometimes works an extra 2 or 3 hours on Saturday morning if he's behind. I think one can get too close to anything. I am a writer as well, and I write much better when I'm inspired than when I am "working." Of course I keep more or less regular hours, but if things aren't working together, I go and do something else. And sometimes I "work" at three AM. :) That's the freedom of working for oneself and the joy of working online.
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@Polly1 (12646)
• United States
30 Aug 09
I would say the internet can be addictive. I am on the internet for many hours everyday, I have learned how to get up and do other things and get away from it. But I also earn money, so thats an incentive for me to be online. I do think husbands and wives can be jealous of time spent online. Husbands like to be the center of attention, they can get jealous of something that takes you away from them.
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@suspenseful (40312)
• Canada
6 Jan 10
If you use it to make money it is not addictive. If you use it for research, it is not addictive. If you use it to search for the best bargains, recipes, etc. it is not addictive. If you are online for no particular reason except an invisible voice telling you to "look at me, obey," then you are addicted. I suppose it is the same for someone who drinks and is addicted. There is no reason for the booze, he is not relaxing after work, he is not celebrating, he does not need a cool one. He just has to have the booze for no particular reason except it is there.
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@Polly1 (12646)
• United States
6 Jan 10
I never thought of it the way you said it, you are so right.
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• Canada
29 Aug 09
Watching TV, playing video games, reading a book, surfing the net...i thinks they all fall in the same catagory.
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@suspenseful (40312)
• Canada
8 Sep 09
So anything can be addictive, it is just in the mind of the person who does not approve of it. So if someone does not approve of you reading, they will say that reading a book is addictive, if someone does not like you ironing, they will say ironing is addictive. I sort of get the point.
• Canada
8 Sep 09
addiction can only be bad if it is harming your personal self.
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@suspenseful (40312)
• Canada
5 Jan 10
That makes sense. That is why I hide candies where i cannot find them and try to avoid things with white flour in them. And why I seldom buy creamed cheese. I want to avoid the temptation.
@cbeee3 (2063)
• India
29 Aug 09
I would consider someone to be an internet addict if they were glued to the net day in and day out, without paying attention to the chores they are meant to take care of. Some people need to work on the net for long hours.Per me, that is not addiction. Addiction would be when the person can do without net, yet chooses to surf the net neglecting other duties which he/she should take care of. I know that several teens get addicted to net when they start gaming. I saw this issue with my cousin. Luckily, he has overcome this now.
@suspenseful (40312)
• Canada
8 Sep 09
That is what I think when they neglect what they need to do. Myself I cannot understand how someone can sit at the computer for hours at a time without getting figitity. I do not even understand how those telemarketers can do it. I have to keep getting up all the time. And I do not even play games or do any gambling.
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@cbeee3 (2063)
• India
9 Sep 09
Its actually good to take breaks too. Staying glued to the net, even if one is not an addict and has to do it for work, is not good for one's health. We all know how it can cause issues with our eyes, injure our wrist muscles and also damage our neak and shoulder muscles. So you are right in saying you don't get how people can stay glued to the net without taking breaks.
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@suspenseful (40312)
• Canada
5 Jan 10
And besides I really hate those kinds that can sit at the computer all the time and not get nagged at by their parents or spouses, that have no trouble with their weight, do not help with the housework etc. Most of it is that how can they sit at the net all day and not get fat? With me, I use the internet to make a little money, and my husband keeps calling me that he needs help, but what happens when he wants me to look for something (and that does not earn me any money) he wants me to search through tens of pages, and go to every site. I even had to close the computer down because some of those sites had warnings on them.
@jezzmay (1845)
• United States
2 Sep 09
To me addictive is my daughter-in-law. She gets on first thing in the morning and does not want to get off for any reason. She does not do house work and lets it go only doing what she can get by with. She stays on while she tries to cook, it's like she can not stand to be a way from it , one waking moment. That is addiction to me. Have a great day.
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@suspenseful (40312)
• Canada
6 Jan 10
She does sound addictive. I am on and off the internet, or rather the computer. In fact I get upset if I have to be on it for any length of time, for whatever reason. I got so much other things to do. And besides I am not much of a gamer or a gambler either.
@stephcjh (32303)
• United States
31 Aug 09
I think it is addictive to people who get on it every day just to kill time or play games or stuff like that. I use mine every single day to make money though. I am not addicted to the computer but I am addicted to make sure to get my daily money.
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@suspenseful (40312)
• Canada
6 Jan 10
I am on the computer every day. I am write now on myLot catching up on my comments. And I also use it to research things, but I do not use it kill time or to play games. I also write, and do research and look up things that I need to know. That is not addiction. That is utilizing the internet for specific functions.
@venshida (4837)
• United States
30 Aug 09
I think it becomes addictive when you become obsessed with some aspect of the web. You have to log on often or else you feel lost. I am addicted to a work at home website plus emails. I check my email 3 to 4 times a day. Most time no new email, but i feel compel to check constantly.
@williamjisir (22887)
• China
30 Aug 09
Hello friend. So far as I am concerned, I think that I am an Internet addictive, because once I don't have to work, I don't want to do anything else, but sit in front of the computer surfing the Internet, chatting with my friends and mylotting. I can stay with my computer for the whole day without stepping out of the house. So I think in this case of mine, I can consider myself an Internet addictive. Enjoy yourself, suspenseful.
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@suspenseful (40312)
• Canada
5 Jan 10
I agree with you on that point. Now me, if I am on the internet or at the computer for more then an hour at a time, I get very sleepy, and besides there is so much to do in the house, that I cannot get addictive. Also I have one problem, I sort of would gain weight if I sat down too long. I used to work in an office and that is when I gained much of my waist and hip measurements, sitting at the typewriter all day.
• United States
30 Aug 09
probably when you say. "I can quit any time I want to.", it has become addictive!
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@suspenseful (40312)
• Canada
5 Jan 10
Well that would assume that you do not need to get on the internet to find the information you want or you are willing to take more time to go on bus trips, going to the library, getting out a book and reading ---and if the print is too small, getting out your reading glasses, or if you do not have them with you, going to the window in the day time and trying to read it. Now if you just use the internet to play games, that does not make sense. Why would you pay $10.00 or more for internet connection just you can play Everquest with some complete stranger, that is being silly and I would assume that person is addictive if he stays on it for hours at a time and neglects everything else.
• Canada
30 Aug 09
I think it's probably the same means of measure that you would use for any addiction. It's a hobby if you do it in your leisure time It's an addiction if you do it instead of other things you should be doing I guess that's how I measure it.
@suspenseful (40312)
• Canada
5 Jan 10
I guess that leaves those who do it for their work in sort of the middle. If it were a hobby, then that would be just using the internet for game playing? After all, if I am here on mylot, or searching for something, it is a necessity. I need as much practice writing as I can. I am very good at fiction, but terrible at writing non fiction.
@Porcospino (28538)
• Denmark
30 Aug 09
I don't think that everyone who spends many hours online is addicted to the internet. Lots of people spend many hours online and there is nothing wrong with that as long as they don't neglect other parts of their lives. But if the internet becomes too important, there is a problem. If you lose interest in your (offline) friends and if you start getting annoyed when they stop by for a visit, because they are interrupting your internet activity, I think that the internet has become TOO important. I used to think that I was addicted to the internet, but I don't think so any longer, because when I travel I can easily live without the internet for a few weeks. On my last vacation I passed several internet cafes, but I didn't even consider spending my time there, because I want to spend the time on seeing as much of the country as possible. In my daily life spend many, many hours online, and I love the internet, but I am no longer worried about being addicted to it.
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@suspenseful (40312)
• Canada
5 Jan 10
I knew I was not internet addicted, because being sort of practical, I know it would take more time to go to the library to get the information, and if I used a typewriter, I would make typos and would have to throw the paper in the waste basket a lot of times whereas all I have to do is type on the keyboard, the words appear on the screen and print it out. Also I am listening to what is going on and if anything comes up, I am off the net. Oh and I have other things in my life, practicing on the piano, singing practice, housework, cooking, looking after my husband. But why do we have to list those things that we have to do to prove we are not internet addictive? It sounds rather silly to me.
@cwilson26 (2736)
• United States
29 Aug 09
I admit I am addicted to it. I consider myself addicted to it because I would rather be on the internet than clean my own house. Of course I also make money online and I am addicted to that too. I write articles for content sites and get paid for it. So I am online all hours of the day every day. The only time I am not working is when I am on Mylot or if I am checking email or paying Bingo on pogo.com I even wrote an article about internet addiction. :)
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@suspenseful (40312)
• Canada
5 Jan 10
I do not mind cleaning my house, but not obsessed about it. I have friends who will clean out their cupboards just to have something to do and would probably go down ion the basement, scrub all the walls, and sort everything else because they feel that they are not good housewives until they do it. But no one calls them addicted to housework. Of course, if you are making money online, then you have a perfectly good reason to be on it, or looking up something, or doing research, but gambling, and playing games. I wonder is there something like WIFI addition.