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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
@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.