internet addiction?

2 years, 10 months ago

On the internet giggling to myself wondering if I have an addiction to the internet, and I began to read the morbid facebook stories of people who quit facebook. And it seems like most people used it wrong. I feel like for the most I’ve used it right and the internet doesn’t deter me from living. However, that could just be the thoughts of an internet addicted person *laugh to self*. Is anyone out there, possibly addicted to the internet?

May 25, 2012 at 12:51 am

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Profile photo of phoebe phoebe (@cornietzsche) 2 years, 10 months ago ago

Moreish, relatively pointless, and prolonged separation from it can result in anxiety and panic … yep, generally resembles a relationship with a narcotic?
I think it’s more like people feel the need to prove to Facebook they have a life, they overlook actually having a life.

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Profile photo of Kidd Kidd (@kidd) 2 years, 10 months ago ago

I’m addicted to the internet in the sense that some sites (much like this one) allow me to express myself and talk to people similar to me in ways I can’t with people I know offline. It’s not that I’m addicted to the internet itself, I’m addicted to the parts that allow communication with other deep thinkers who may or may not be as arrogant as me, lol.

It’s addicting because it’s, ironically, the people who I feel closest to are found. Whereas offline, I find it hard to express myself. And when I do express myself, I’m often misunderstood or I get frustrated because others won’t express their selves. Online that initial fear of being judged seems to be at least dulled, if not gone.

Other than that communication aspect, I think I could go without the online games (but, oh, I DO love them), Facebook, etc. I would love to try living in simpler in times without all the technology we have, but between school and work it’s pretty much a requirement in this day and age.

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Profile photo of phoebe phoebe (@cornietzsche) 2 years, 10 months ago ago

“It’s addictive in the sense that most of the really pleasant things in life are worth endlessly repeating”

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Profile photo of  Anonymous (@) 2 years, 10 months ago ago

I wouldn’t so much say that I was addicted to facebook, but it became a mindless habit in that every time I had a spare second I would check it. I soon realised though…and well I don’t do it anymore, ha. I just enjoy that spare second now. Anything else I do on the Internet tends to be knowledge based so I don’t feel too guilty about that.

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Profile photo of DaJetPlane DaJetPlane M (@lytning91) 2 years, 10 months ago ago

People are addicted to the instant gratification that technology provides, so the addiction comes from the outlet accessibility. I need the internet to communicate with people and if I was cut off I’d have to work a lot harder.

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Profile photo of Th-0m Th-0m (@0negative) 2 years, 10 months ago ago

All seem like good reasons to be “addicted”. Man, I love HighExistence soooo much.

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Profile photo of phanci3 phanci3 (@phanci3) 2 years, 10 months ago ago

@siantastic how did you limit your facebook intake? i don’t understand how something that makes me not feel good at all keeps drawing me back to it….i also use it for event listings and music that’s why i’d rather not delete it

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Profile photo of  Anonymous (@) 2 years, 10 months ago ago

@phanci3 I just went cold turkey for a week. And then once I allowed myself to log back on I realised how much of a waste of time it was. I use mine for music too and I do think it’s great for keeping in touch with family and old friends, so wouldn’t want to delete it either.

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