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none | 2/7/09 | Self

Posted on 02/07/2009 11:09:33 AM PST by omega4179

Ok 2/7/09 I am saying I am an internet addict. I spend every free hour on FR, Amazon, , news sites, various message boards, playing games or emailing friends. I go to bed at midnight and get up at 6:30 AM How much more rich could my life be if I get help and has anyone gone through counseling for this?


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KEYWORDS: addiction; internet
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1 posted on 02/07/2009 11:09:34 AM PST by omega4179
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To: omega4179

Try vacation without a laptop.
Try other hobbies that are, or could become important to you.

I’m only two hours behind schedule today because of my addiction to the internet....


2 posted on 02/07/2009 11:11:12 AM PST by G Larry (Barack's character has been molded by extremists)
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To: ShadowAce; Swordmaker

ping!


3 posted on 02/07/2009 11:11:13 AM PST by rabscuttle385 ("If this be treason, then make the most of it!" —Patrick Henry)
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To: omega4179

LOL, there’s no cure for this!


4 posted on 02/07/2009 11:11:25 AM PST by MyTwoCopperCoins
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To: omega4179
It's been said that the first step on the road to recovery is admitting you have a problem.

Unfortunately, I've never heard what the second step is.

5 posted on 02/07/2009 11:11:45 AM PST by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all. -- Texas Eagle)
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To: omega4179
has anyone gone through counseling for this?

There are good Internet sites that can help...

6 posted on 02/07/2009 11:11:56 AM PST by Flycatcher (Strong copy for a strong America)
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To: omega4179
Your only hope is to force limits on yourself. Cancel your access to the internet. Sell your computer. Go to the library or an internet cafe to check your email and view pornography. It's the only way.
7 posted on 02/07/2009 11:13:23 AM PST by youngidiot
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To: omega4179
I recommend not stopping cold turkey. That could be more hazardous than the addiction itself.

Start with eliminating your visits to Amazon, game sites and e-mailing friends.

8 posted on 02/07/2009 11:13:30 AM PST by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all. -- Texas Eagle)
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To: omega4179

I quit cold turkey after the Nov. 5 election but now have fallen completely off the wagon. After, this train wreck of an simulus bill I may hop back on the wagon though (until the 2010 election campaign anyway).


9 posted on 02/07/2009 11:13:31 AM PST by KansasGirl
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To: Flycatcher

ROFL...you mean like FR?


10 posted on 02/07/2009 11:13:48 AM PST by Kackikat (.It's NOT over until it's over and it's NOT over yet....The Trumpet will sound....)
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To: omega4179

pick up a book.


11 posted on 02/07/2009 11:14:11 AM PST by Smogger (It's the WOT Stupid)
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To: omega4179
You could also hire someone to condition you in a Pavlov’s bell type of way. Whenever you log onto a nonproductive website they whack you across the back of the neck with a thin wooden rod.
12 posted on 02/07/2009 11:15:32 AM PST by youngidiot
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To: omega4179
How much more rich could my life be if I get help and has anyone gone through counseling for this?

Interesting questions. Have you tried Googling them?

13 posted on 02/07/2009 11:15:33 AM PST by Redcloak ("Oh, bother!" said Pooh, as he chambered his last round.)
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To: omega4179
You're in luck.

You've come to the right place. FReepers are nothing if not compassionate, caring, and helpful.

I can see no downside to coming to us for help.

14 posted on 02/07/2009 11:15:59 AM PST by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all. -- Texas Eagle)
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To: omega4179

Well your addition to FR is understandable. And emailing is fun. I mean look on the bright side, at least you’re not addicted to porn.


15 posted on 02/07/2009 11:16:02 AM PST by exist
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To: G Larry
Try other hobbies that are, or could become important to you

A very relevant comment. I had the misfortune of having to spend some time at an island in the pacific many years ago and I was bored crazy. I was hungry for anything new. That's when I bought my first gun magazine...it became a very appropos hobby, in light of this day and age.

16 posted on 02/07/2009 11:16:21 AM PST by Gaffer
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To: omega4179

PS. I feel your pain. It is like 70+ degrees outside...which is strange in KS in Feb (global warming I guess)...anyway, what am I doing here on the internet?!?!?


17 posted on 02/07/2009 11:17:03 AM PST by KansasGirl
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To: omega4179

Florida is a beautiful state for relaxing. The information overload that occurs (guilty) through too much on demand internet access can be stressful. What did you do before the internet hobby became a habit?


18 posted on 02/07/2009 11:17:10 AM PST by allmost
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To: omega4179

And you’re asking US for help?

If we’d gotten counseling, we wouldn’t be here!


19 posted on 02/07/2009 11:17:32 AM PST by LibFreeOrDie (Obama promised a gold mine, but he will give us the shaft.)
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To: omega4179
I've heard of people who do things other than spend all day on the internet.

I'm not sure I believe those people exist but one day I'm going to turn off the computer, go outside and see if there is anything to that claim.

One day.

But not today.

20 posted on 02/07/2009 11:17:50 AM PST by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all. -- Texas Eagle)
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To: Flycatcher
There are good Internet sites that can help...

HAHAHAHAHA

21 posted on 02/07/2009 11:18:50 AM PST by uncitizen
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To: Kackikat

Poor fella. He’s between Free Republic and a hard place.


22 posted on 02/07/2009 11:19:00 AM PST by Flycatcher (Strong copy for a strong America)
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To: Smogger
pick up a book.

An e-book, perhaps?

I'm so addicted, I bought me one of these:

It's got full Flash support, so even watch online streams with it.

http://www.archos.com/products/imt/index.html?country=us&lang=en

23 posted on 02/07/2009 11:19:13 AM PST by MyTwoCopperCoins
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To: exist
I mean look on the bright side, at least you’re not addicted to porn.

Are you sure?

FR is full of articles about political prostitutes, obscene legislation and presidential nominees that have screwed the IRS....

Face it - politics today is about as pornographic as it gets!

:-)

24 posted on 02/07/2009 11:22:08 AM PST by MamaTexan (If you enjoy being a slave to government.....thank Lincoln)
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To: omega4179

I don’t own a laptop.

I am retired, and I try to take the car out for an erand at least once a day. That is my break from the Internet.

And a 1-day or 2-day auto trip always gets me off of the Internet and I end up thoroughly enjoying myself. Although I have my favorite motel/hotel brands which provide a laptop and Internet access in their lobbies — along with a free breakfast.

See, I have my priorities straight. lol


25 posted on 02/07/2009 11:23:23 AM PST by i_dont_chat (Our black President is quite blackmailable.)
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To: omega4179
Here's some free advice:

Just snap out of it dammit!

(Like all free advice - you get what you pay for).

26 posted on 02/07/2009 11:23:40 AM PST by Graybeard58
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To: Smogger; All

Pick up a book...

I recommend “Fleeced” or “Guilty”


27 posted on 02/07/2009 11:26:40 AM PST by free-n-TX (I'M MAD AS HELL AND I'M NOT GOING TO TAKE IT ANYMORE!)
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To: omega4179

YOU HAVE TO WATCH THIS VIDEO!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BYLMTvxOaeE&feature=PlayList&p=6B68C3EC0F5CF992&index=0&playnext=1


28 posted on 02/07/2009 11:30:11 AM PST by free-n-TX (I'M MAD AS HELL AND I'M NOT GOING TO TAKE IT ANYMORE!)
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To: omega4179

Just because you are an addict does not mean you are not in pain....wait thats drugs. Just because you are addicted does not mean its bad.


29 posted on 02/07/2009 11:32:55 AM PST by svcw
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To: omega4179

Get a Blackberry. Then at least you will be able to go outside. I am being serious. You may find yourself paying more attention to what is going on around you than you are the Blackberry. Eventually you will holster the Blackberry and begin to live again.


30 posted on 02/07/2009 11:34:46 AM PST by Excellence (What Madoff is to finance Gore is to global warming.)
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To: omega4179

You seek help from the internet to cure you of the interenet???

good one, LOL.

Now, go to a bar to quit drinking, a grocery store to quit eating, and a brothel to quit having sex. Once that is done, you life will be perfect.

And for godsakes quit reading this!


31 posted on 02/07/2009 11:45:24 AM PST by mamelukesabre (Give me Liberty or give me something to aim at)
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To: omega4179

Limit yourself to FR.

One stop shopping & real information.


32 posted on 02/07/2009 11:47:19 AM PST by Califreak (Stimulus-paying back donors and vote farming)
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To: Smogger
Try getting laid more often.
Before you know it the computer and the Internet will be religated to the chores list ;-)

Luigi

33 posted on 02/07/2009 11:51:32 AM PST by LuigiBasco (PALIN POWER: She's Reagan in heels, Teddy Roosevelt in a dress & like Rummy at a press conference!))
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To: omega4179

Spending so many hours sitting under UV rays and looking at a screen for hours full of jumping pixels is bad for us. I have to jerk myself up from time to time and just turn the thing off and GET AWAY from it. When I get to where I get up from the computer feeling draggy and dopey, then I know it’s time for me to take myself in hand. Do that for twenty-one days, get outside, go for a drive and get out and away from everything - and twenty-one days or less, you’ll break the habit. If you go back to it, limit the time you spend or you’ll have to do it all over again.

Twinkie


34 posted on 02/07/2009 11:54:03 AM PST by Twinkie (TWO WRONGS DON'T MAKE A RIGHT!!!)
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To: omega4179

Spending so many hours sitting under UV rays and looking at a screen for hours full of jumping pixels is bad for us. I have to jerk myself up from time to time and just turn the thing off and GET AWAY from it. When I get to where I get up from the computer feeling draggy and dopey, then I know it’s time for me to take myself in hand. Do that for twenty-one days, get outside, go for a drive and get out and away from everything - and twenty-one days or less, you’ll break the habit. If you go back to it, limit the time you spend or you’ll have to do it all over again.

Twinkie


35 posted on 02/07/2009 11:54:03 AM PST by Twinkie (TWO WRONGS DON'T MAKE A RIGHT!!!)
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To: All

I have a blackberry thats how I get on FR during the workday it is blocked at work! lol.

Crackberry, Laptop, and a Desktop.

I do get outside, I tried fishing which was my biggest childhood passion, and found it lacking depth. I am used to having all the world’s news and encyclopedias etc right at my fingertips. unfortunately its mostly bad news for the last 12 months or so. But then again I met my wife on the internet too so it has enriched me with family and knowledge of the world but lately my legs are telling me to get up and turn this off. I turned it off for an hour after posting my thread. Thanks for all the funny or thoughtful responses everybody.


36 posted on 02/07/2009 11:54:33 AM PST by omega4179 (1.20.13 end of an error)
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To: omega4179

Grab yourself by the nape of the neck, ‘pick up your mat and walk.’ It is ‘what I want to do’ vs ‘what I should do.’ Willpower.


37 posted on 02/07/2009 11:55:21 AM PST by bboop (obama, little o, not a Real God)
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To: omega4179

Last year I went on a 40 day internet “fast”.
I definatly helped changd my outlook.

And if you think that its easy, consider this a challenge.


38 posted on 02/07/2009 11:58:49 AM PST by Delta 21 ( MKC USCG - ret)
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To: omega4179

One acute electro-magnetic pulse outburst should take care of your problem....coming soon to a city near you.


39 posted on 02/07/2009 11:59:47 AM PST by DCPatriot ("It aint what you don't know that kills you. It's what you know that aint so" Theodore Sturgeon))
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To: Texas Eagle

I am starting to justify my addiction by telling myself that when you leave the house these days it is costing you hundred’s of dollars. It takes money to do anything now days, LOL!


40 posted on 02/07/2009 12:03:13 PM PST by acoulterfan
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To: omega4179

Just embrace it :D. Get a job that has you on the computer as much as possible, if not on news sites as much as possible. (why do you think I’m a communication major, with all the Commies, I knew way more that was going on :D) I’ve learn to play to my strengths, though I now have a major Vitamin D deficiency, but as long as I don’t break my wrist I’m good.


41 posted on 02/07/2009 12:04:39 PM PST by Toki ("Palin Pingers" Freepmail Liberity Rocks or me to get on the list today!)
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To: Toki

“though I now have a major Vitamin D deficiency, but as long as I don’t break my wrist I’m good.”

Lol, I have been taking 1,000 mg of D3 a day and 1500 mg of calcium.


42 posted on 02/07/2009 12:06:20 PM PST by acoulterfan
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To: LuigiBasco
"Try getting laid more often"

Geeezz .. it took 33 replies for the only common sensical therapy to be articulated.

43 posted on 02/07/2009 12:08:08 PM PST by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true.)
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To: omega4179

Check your email only twice day - AM and PM. Get a kitchen timer and set it for 20 minutes each time. When the bell rings, log off and walk away. Everything will still be there tomorrow.


44 posted on 02/07/2009 12:09:00 PM PST by mrs. a (It's a short life but a merry one...)
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To: omega4179; girlangler
I tried fishing which was my biggest childhood passion, and found it lacking depth

Blasphemy ping!

45 posted on 02/07/2009 12:10:36 PM PST by Flycatcher (Strong copy for a strong America)
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To: DCPatriot

I learned on FR that the chances of that being effective are very low to nil.


46 posted on 02/07/2009 12:12:20 PM PST by omega4179 (1.20.13 end of an error)
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To: omega4179; Flycatcher; Brucifer
"I tried fishing which was my biggest childhood passion, and found it lacking depth"



Maybe you're not doing it right ;o)
47 posted on 02/07/2009 12:21:10 PM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life ;o)
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To: omega4179
I spend every free hour on FR, Amazon, , news sites, various message boards, playing games or emailing friends.

Well, there's a big part of your problem right there: you are still maintaining an irrational and unhealthy insistence on having friends. You see, friends generally want to communicate periodically, and this leads to conversation, which is the gateway drug to emailing, which, once tasted, will inevitably take you down the horrifyingly self-destructive path of instant messaging, texting, and twittering, after which only God can help you.

In order to stop this progressive disease in its tracks, you must immediately create a list of every flaw that each of your friends has, then send that list as an email attachment and copy every friend on it. You'll be amazed at how quickly these dangerous email conversations will dry up. Once your exposure to people has been sufficiently lessened in this manner, you'll naturally grow into a protective persona which will prevent you from ever being infected with friends again, and after you are completely free of their heart-softening influence, the natural disgust that every human has for his fellow man will then be able to flourish and blossom. This will result in a lack of desire to read any news whatsoever, as you will no longer care what is happening in the rest of the world, except to motivate you in your basement preparations for the apocalypse.
48 posted on 02/07/2009 12:22:27 PM PST by fr_freak
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To: Flycatcher

lol...........


49 posted on 02/07/2009 12:23:11 PM PST by festus (Politics makes for strange bedfellows)
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To: knarf
Now you know why it takes so long for me to respond! ;-)

Luigi

50 posted on 02/07/2009 12:24:53 PM PST by LuigiBasco (PALIN POWER: She's Reagan in heels, Teddy Roosevelt in a dress & like Rummy at a press conference!))
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