I am addicted to Internet

I am addicted to Internet. Or, shall I say, I depend on it. More than I like to think I do. I was without Internet for a day and I felt like something was missing. Not a good thing.

On the other hand, I don’t feel too bad about it. After all, I believe Internet can be a great thing, if used wisely. I like to think I am a wise user. But the thing is, I DO spend a lot of time online.

The problem is that things online always last longer than you expect them to. I can read long passages of text online, but I guess it goes slower than on paper, especially if it’s in English. Also, I consider myself an experienced Google user, but sometimes it takes a while to dig up the right information. And not to mention commenting on message boards and blogs- the writing itself doesn’t take much time, but if you want to wait for a reply… You see what I mean. So yes, sadly, Internet is very time-consuming, even when you try to rationalize the use (which I rarely do, and even when I try, I can’t limit myself for the Internet time- I always end up online more than I planned).

The good things about the Internet is that it can be your connection to the rest of the world- the people, information, stuff you need, or want to learn about. It’s a great thing. Since I can’t travel at the moment, this is my only chance to meet people all over the world. I guess it sounds cheesy, but it’s true. I’ve met so many great people online, and I’ve learned a lot about other cultures. Because I can express myself better in written communication I find it easy to meet people online, which is also a good thing. Learning is also easier online; you can find articles and books you couldn’t afford otherwise. Not to mention movies and music… But now I’m stepping into the illegal territory.

I’ve discovered Internet in the early 2000s, at the time I was really lonely and depressed. It helped me focus on something and it made me think less about the bad stuff. But sadly, lonely people can get addicted pretty fast. I don’t think I ever got too addicted, though. There are so many things I prefer over the Internet, and I don’t want my family or friends suffer because of it. Still, I do enjoy being online, and yes, I admit it, it’s partly because of escapism.

So I guess spending less time online would be good, but I don’t think I’d love to be Internet-less for a long period of time.

14 thoughts on “I am addicted to Internet

  1. Serpentus

    I’m just like you. I almost have to force myself from the computer. I also spend more time than I plan on. In fact, I should get off right now because I have work to do. Don’t worry, I’m sure all people depend on the internet.

  2. Mira Post author

    I really can’t offer any advice. I’d really love to know how to limit my Internet time. The best one I came up with is, don’t approach the computer at all. Saying, “this will take only 15 minutes” never works.

  3. zek j evets

    Hi, I’m Zek, and I’m an internet-a-holic.

    I spend an average of 10 hours a day on the internet, googling, browsing wikipedia, reading comics, manga, watching anime, netflix, blogging, more blogging, looking at funny cat pictures, watching youtube videos, moar blogging, and then eventually I get around to doing the work I’m SUPPOSED to be doing, haha.

    The internet is a time-suck, but oh how I love it ; )

  4. Serpentus

    “I spend an average of 10 hours a day on the internet…and then eventually I get around to doing the work I’m SUPPOSED to be doing, haha.”

    It also doesn’t help when you’re taking 7 classes.

  5. Alee

    I am dependent on the Internet too. And I am not ashamed. I can get so much done on the Internet and it is quite helpful. I was never a fan of real life, anyway. :)

  6. Mira

    Oh, guys, you make me feel more… normal. :P

    But I still dislike my dependence on Internet, because, deep down, I know it’s mostly escapism. Which means I want to escape the real life. And it’s never a good thing.

  7. Dr. Vagrant X

    Escapism is a bad thing? I thought everyone enjoyed at least a little escapism on a daily basis. I mean, some people read, some people watch television/movies, etc. Escapism, in my opinion, is only bad when it interferes with your ability to do anything productive, or if it gets you in some kind of trouble (I sure hope you don’t have an internet porn addiction…just kidding, I know you don’t…right?). So, as long as you’re still making time for family and friends and doing something relatively productive, being on the internet for 3 or 4 hours is no big deal (Once again, however, this is just my opinion).

    By the way, if it makes you feel any better, I spend about 5 or 6 hours on the interwebs when I’m not busy (which I won’t be relatively soon! :D ).

  8. Mira Post author

    Escapism is not a bad thing, in fact, it’s healthy and necessary. But if you need it to function properly, and if your life sucks without it, it’s not good.

    PS- 4-5 hours? You are an amateur!

  9. Dr. Vagrant X

    Bah! I see no problem with needing the internet to cope and being lost without it. In fact, if I could get a daily dosage of the internet injected intravenously for those days that I couldn’t actually be online, I would. >:D

    PS- 4-5 hours? You are an amateur!

    lol, Well I do like to exercise for a few hours out of the day, so, within 24 hours, there’s only so much interwebs I can get in.

  10. Mira Post author

    Well, I don’t think it’s as harmful as, say, drugs or alcohol, but I do think people can be truly addicted to Internet.

    Exercise is a good thing. I’m too lazy for it, though. :(

  11. Dr. Vagrant X

    Well, I don’t think it’s as harmful as, say, drugs or alcohol, but I do think people can be truly addicted to Internet.

    That’s true, many forms of addiction do tend to become a bad things.

    Exercise is a good thing. I’m too lazy for it, though.

    Yeah, I know that feeling. I have found that you’ve really got to make it habit, otherwise it can be really hard to get into it. Also, it usually helps when what you’re doing (running, biking, etc.) is something you actually enjoy.

    However, I disagree with the idea of you being too lazy for it. You just need a little motivation and some help making exercise a force of habit, and you’ll be just fine. That is, of course, if exercising regularly is something you desire. No pressure. :)

  12. Mira

    Also, it usually helps when what you’re doing (running, biking, etc.) is something you actually enjoy.

    Well, the thing is, I don’t enjoy it. It’s really a boring thing. Unless it’s swimming, but I can’t afford that at the moment.

    That is, of course, if exercising regularly is something you desire.

    Well, no, it’s definitely not something I desire. But I know it’s a healthy thing to do.

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