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post #1 of 49 (permalink) Old 04-26-2020, 02:35 PM Thread Starter
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Yes...I don't have any real life for it to distract me from, though. It's either stay online almost all the time, or be utterly isolated. The Internet is my only connection to other people (besides my parents).

The only thing that really bothers me about it is that my ability to focus has deteriorated and my OCD has reached the point where I can barely read and write anymore...I really, really wish I could have that back.

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No. I consider myself addicted to books. I do spend a lot of time on the Internet. But a lot of that time is spent trying to get my hands on books. (Many of which are really obscure and hard to find.) I do depend on the Internet for social interaction, but it's the social interaction I'm looking for, not random surfing.

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Most likely. I spend far too much time on this forum - plus other things like ebay and book sites, Twitter occasionally (for books and related material), plus of course Youtube.

Plus I like to look at lots of hotels online. If I can't go and stay in them at the moment I can at least look.

also @truant - do you use a site called abebooks.com or http://used.addall.com
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Yes, definitely.


I'm intending to spend the summer without a computer due to that :/

Kind of in the process of figuring out things to replace it with.
(I've picked a bunch of books, and have set up projects & hobbies thus far. Hobbies have never been an issue as I've never skipped them, but I'm a bit concerned of the rest of the time)

Never used much on phone, so that is not an issue - and I want to be able to stay in contact with friendos

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No. I used to be. It was the only place I had friends. But I began to realize how lost I got into it, and the dark place it put me in. I took a long break from it. I still use it daily, but not like before. I still don't have any friends, but I am much more restless than before, and spend a bit more time outside now. Usually just sitting in my car somewhere sipping tea and playing a phone game, or going for a drive, but even always alone, I don't feel quite as dark as when I was agoraphobic and never left and lived online.

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@harrison I've been on Abebooks, but never ordered from them. Shipping to Canada is usually pricey. I didn't know about addall. That's really handy, thanks.

I spend a lot of time looking for books, but I don't very often buy them because I don't have any money. If something's really cheap and I need it for some reason I will. But that rarely happens. I usually get them on Amazon. The library can sometimes get them for me through interlibrary loan. Sometimes I find them on Internet Archive, but only if they're fairly old. I scrounge others up other ways. But reading a book on my computer gives me a headache, so prefer to get my hands on hard copies, if I can.

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Probably hard not to, considering how most of our lives and societal functions are increasingly revolving around the internet now.

In terms of web surfing, probably nowhere like I use to due to ease of online streaming as a superior form of distraction and entertainment. Also more freedom to do more various kinds of things now and more responsibilities from being older cutting into spare time. I do remember for a while I was web surfing a lot in the months following my first exposure to this thing called Wikipedia.

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Yes, according to society's definitions.

But to be honest, it's more like the Internet is a part of me. And I am a part of it. We will be forever intertwined.
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Addicted makes it sound like a bad thing. I wouldn't say I'm addicted to social activities on the Internet, I spend more of my time playing games on my computer than I do anything else. When I am browsing the web, it is usually regarding acquiring information. The news is easy to get absorbed in, so I usually avoid that.

I think it is in general, the computer itself that I enjoy the most. If the Internet were to be disconnected I would still be happily playing around on my computer, using it for listening and creating music, I would probably program a little more to make my own games, I would play games still, I would always be tinkering around on it trying to make it do pointless, yet amusing things. I would miss the plethora of information and ease of sorting through it though.

When it comes to social platforms, I barely participate in them. I might make a comment on a video that I enjoyed, thanking the person who made it - but I don't engage in very much dialogue as I find it as pointless and often just frustrating. I don't like socializing on larger sites, I haven't had many encouraging encounters when doing so, it is like having some stranger walk past you on the street acting like a mad man and screaming obscenities. Almost nothing of value is learned in the process, and time that I could be spending enjoying what I am doing is wasted.

What I like doing, and has long been part of my life is living in my imagination. Even before computers could connect to the Internet, I would spend hours every day playing Dungeons and Dragons, along with other pen and paper games. I imagine if it were not for computers I would be still doing that. Computers make it easier, a lot easier, to escape reality and sink yourself into a very comforting world. People do the exact opposite, they pull you out of your dream, and try to force you into theirs

This sounds like a negative thing, it is what I have always been told. Spending one's life escaping reality is said to be horrific, but I disagree with that. I would be miserable if I did not have my imagination to escape to, I would think of it no more addicting than breathing air. I don't like my place in society, and there is nothing I can do to change that, I don't want to shift myself in uncomfortable ways to be accommodated by it either, nor would I want to force everyone to change in order to feel as though I am a better fit. I would much rather just avoid it and go to my happy place where I don't have to be part of it all. I can do my own thing, and computers make that possible, I am incredibly appreciative of that, as well as the people who make constant innovations toward technology.

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Addiction implies negativity, like a waste of time, and sometimes it might be... but I've had a lot of benefit from using the internet too, much like I have from reading books.
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post #17 of 49 (permalink) Old 04-27-2020, 02:31 PM
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@harrison I've been on Abebooks, but never ordered from them. Shipping to Canada is usually pricey. I didn't know about addall. That's really handy, thanks.

I spend a lot of time looking for books, but I don't very often buy them because I don't have any money. If something's really cheap and I need it for some reason I will. But that rarely happens. I usually get them on Amazon. The library can sometimes get them for me through interlibrary loan. Sometimes I find them on Internet Archive, but only if they're fairly old. I scrounge others up other ways. But reading a book on my computer gives me a headache, so prefer to get my hands on hard copies, if I can.
Yeah, shipping can be quite expensive sometimes. I've bought (and sold) a lot on abebooks - if I really want a book nowadays to read I get it from there, many can be found for a dollar, but then you have to always check the postage price. Some sellers make up for it by increasing the postage price. (but not all - some are very cheap for postage too, I don't actually know how they afford to do it tbh)

Addall is something I used to use a long time ago. I don't normally use them because I don't like their interface. Abebooks is easily the nicest and easiest to use. Very professional.

There are a couple of other good ones but you probably already know about them. Plus of course ebay - amazing the deals you can get on there. (unless of course you're buying from someone like me)
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Yes definitely. But...so does the majority of the human race to be fair. Not using that as an excuse, because it's not good. But yeah.


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