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Teenagers who use the Internet so much that it interferes with everyday life and decision-making may be addicted.
So if you don't have a job or any friends, then I guess you can't be addicted to the internet since you don't have an 'everyday life' to be interfered with in the first place.
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If I posted the voice memos of my therapy, the video I made of the support call to social security, my own safety would be at risk.
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I knew this would be CNN as soon as I saw it.

Anyway, this can't be. My "internet addiction" must have gone back in time to before there was an internet to be "addicted to" and caused my SA in the past so it would have me in it's filthy clutches when the future eventually came along.

I knew there was something I could not define causing me to be this way all along. Now I know. It was the evil internet all along!
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I used to be on my computer and on the internet all the time, almost 8 hours a day when I was younger. Then I realized that it may be limiting my social life and making me "weird" so I stopped playing all the online games I did and stopped browsing forums and stuff. I started exercising more and spending time with my friends and family. I still had a hard time making friends or holding conversations with people in social situations. I still don't use the internet much since Ive gotten busy in College and compared to 6 or 7 years ago I am in significantly better shape, much better looking and obviously a lot smarter. It hasn't changed anything about my SA. I still don't have many friends, I'm afraid to go out when invited, and when I feel like going out, nobody else wants to. I can't do job interviews to save my life. When I think about it, I was a lot happier back then than I am now.
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Ah *****, I have all of the above, to varying degrees xD

"1.4 percent to 17.9 percent of adolescents are addicted to the Internet"
...pretty broad estimate lol

Not going to lie, I certainly have an internet addiction & sadly it's interfered with many of the things I used to enjoy doing offline, but I wouldn't say it causes ADHD, depression, or social phobia... just makes it worse.

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Limit yourselves to one day, maybe not even for the whole day, once a week, maybe even more spread out like once a month. Personally, I've done enough research on the big thing that was bothering me and I've got it now, so it's just little things like shopping online for books, clothes, trees and I mean fruit trees not smoking, drugs, ect., so it's will. Use it.
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Well ets see... hah...

I was teased relentlessly from 2nd grade to HS. One way I dealt with it was many of my friends were 4-5 years younger than me, so they didn't know as much about how much I was bullied and also saw me as the older kid. And almost all of them I met on the school bus going home, so I didn't have to work hard. I DID have a couple friends in my own class who I occasionally visited outside school, but I lost them in 7th-8th grade. I was bullied a lot more in 7th-8th grade too. It was hell.

I'd say I had a healthy number of friends up until 8th grade. I lost them all. Hard to explain how it happened. Either they stopped calling or they started teasing me or I stopped calling them.

Keep in mind during all that time I played lots of video games on nintendo and turbo graphics. I loved video games. I've always had good reflexes and liked how fast paced they were. (AS I got older, i started to prefer more strategic, slower-paced games, especially in my late 20's and 30's.)

The teasing didn't slow down until I was a junior in HS. That's when I started to say "Hi" to people more often in the hallway. I'm not sure if the teasing slowed down before I started saying "Hi" or after. I got a computer when I was a sophmoore. Of course, I used my computer religiously. I played the s*** out of games like Jetfighter II and Silent Service and M1 Tank Platoon. I loved military PC games back then. I also programmed in QBasic and Assembly. That was my first exposure to it.

Another thing I'll say is I also played sports all through those years, up until I was a junior in HS. I'm not just the nerdy guy who exclusively uses computers and drowns himself in books. I did do good in math and writing, but I also was athletic and loved sports. In gradeschool I was outdoors so much more than HS, mainly because of friends. If I was indoors back then I was usually playing video games.

I later went to community college and got a degree in microcomputer programming and networking. All through that time I used my computer constantly. I'd say I started using the internet when I was a junior. I was the first person in my household to use it. I did a lot of chatting back then. Didn't play any onlie games yet. I started playing online games in 1999, 2 years after graduating HS.

I stopped playing console games sometime around 2001. I really loved racing games on the playstation and n64. After that I exclusively played PC games. Mostly RPGs and MMORPGs and strategy games.

I'd say I've been addicted to my computer since HS.

If someone said I have auspergers or autism or adhd, I'd probably not be surprised. But I'll also say my gpa in HS was 3.8. In college it was 3.8. The only bad grades were when I dropped classes. It's pathetic because even as I did good in school, I did miserable outside it. The reason I think I have some SA is because I've been self-conscious in the past. I don't think my SA is severe because I can do essential functions without anxiety, like shopping, for example. However, when someone gets into my head, I can act stupidly and/or anxiously. I'm overly sensitive to woman too. They're usually pretty and I always feel inferior to most guys around me. In the past I could barely function if I thought a girl was attractive, even if I knew she was married. And of course I can be bothered by the kind people who're ambitious and social. I can't relate to them and it makes me feel broken. I also feel out of place around employed people, since I'm not employed myself. In general, when I talk to people, it feels artificial.

Lately the past week I've been thinking on a different level than the past. In the past, I used my computer to "cope" with my problems. One of hte excuses I gave myself was writing and programming are my only notable skills, so why not focus on them? I can do both on the computer. Even as I said those things to myself and tried to program, I still spent too much time gaming and/or sitting at my computer deteriorating physically. I never really thought about how much all of this is going to impact my health or how much my addiction to games might stop me from accomplishing things.

I really do not think programming or writing on my computer is the answer. At heart, I'm a very athletic person who needs the outdoors not just to be in shape but to reach my potential. It might be i can use computers in a healthy manner, but without that link to the outdoors it's all futile and doomed to fail. I also think by cultivating a more outdoor life I'll be more likely to have friends and look for work. Without having that, it's so much harder to have the motivation I need to step outside my rooom.

It may be too late, but I'll try to mold myself into someone who has a broader range of experiences, especially outside this house where I've lived my whole life. One thing always on my mind these past few days is: whatever I do, it's got to be different than what I've done in the past.

Please note, it's 1:20pm on my taskbar. I started using my computer at approx. 10am. If the past few months are a guide, I'll take a break to go to the bathroom and do a few things around the house. Then I'll use the computer until lunch. I'll eat and go back to use the computer for a few hours. AFterwards, I usualy go for a walk, before returning to make dinner and use the computer some more. In sum, I will have used my computer about 7-10 hours before I get into my bed. Personally, this is too much. It's hard because I don't have a lot of moeny and we live in the country. I need to find ways to break up my afternoon by going to town more often or something. I can spend some of hte money I have on these things on the bet it's like kick starting an underused engine, but what if I run out before it does any good? I'm not sure what I need to do, but if it leads to me getting some work, I need to do it. In the past, work is like night and day. It makes me feel so mcuh better. GETTING work is hard.

And then there's my neck. I'm not sure how it'd respond to part-time or full-time work. I have to think I'll be fine because I've done some work for friends and I can mow our lawn. I can go on 2-3 hour walks. I can run up the hill down the street after a mile walk. I just have trouble looking left and down or up for long periods - neck gets tight. My neck gets tight especially when I'm sitting at this computer for long hours. I also have to look left a lot while driving. But honestly I think I'm tough enough to work, despite all this. What has this wolrd come to when a man like myself - who probably can work - doesn't?
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how in the world can the internet be addicting??? oh yeah porn, games, porn, porn, games, fun software, trolling, porn... it's a shame they killed online gambling... but that's ok cause we can still fake gamble and at all ages ... life on the internet is great... you can be anything you desire... you can even pretend your a human... no one really knows what you are on the end... i could be a flying spider horse with 8 legs and wings... who knows... the best part is google knows everything and youtube has a terrible tutorial for it... how could life be any better?
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Please note, it's 1:20pm on my taskbar. I started using my computer at approx. 10am. If the past few months are a guide, I'll take a break to go to the bathroom and do a few things around the house. Then I'll use the computer until lunch. I'll eat and go back to use the computer for a few hours. AFterwards, I usualy go for a walk, before returning to make dinner and use the computer some more. In sum, I will have used my computer about 7-10 hours before I get into my bed. Personally, this is too much. It's hard because I don't have a lot of moeny and we live in the country. I need to find ways to break up my afternoon by going to town more often or something. I can spend some of hte money I have on these things on the bet it's like kick starting an underused engine, but what if I run out before it does any good? I'm not sure what I need to do, but if it leads to me getting some work, I need to do it. In the past, work is like night and day. It makes me feel so mcuh better. GETTING work is hard.

And then there's my neck. I'm not sure how it'd respond to part-time or full-time work. I have to think I'll be fine because I've done some work for friends and I can mow our lawn. I can go on 2-3 hour walks. I can run up the hill down the street after a mile walk. I just have trouble looking left and down or up for long periods - neck gets tight. My neck gets tight especially when I'm sitting at this computer for long hours. I also have to look left a lot while driving. But honestly I think I'm tough enough to work, despite all this. What has this wolrd come to when a man like myself - who probably can work - doesn't?
I can relate and i am probably even worse about it all... i live in the country... been jobless 15 years now i think... no idea i lost track... lately i have spent tons of time online... yeah like real crazy hours too... like any where from 6-12 hours a day if not days sleepless... most of the time i spend just clicking everything i see and reading.. some interaction with people here and there... all depends on my mood... i do love learning and there is just way to much to learn on the internet... plus there way too many ways to get sidetracked as well... there is like 16,000 acres of forest behind my parents house and i never go out there... i never leave my room except to eat and bathroom stuff... i am severely irresponsible and there is no excuse for it... i am very intelligent and i can work... but i can't stand being around people or working a job that is going no where... almost every job out there any more is a road to no where... so i have actually accepted this state of mind and i enjoy it... my parents say i need help... i say it doesn't matter... everything is pointless any way... when i did have a good job and had a girlfriend it all went to crap cause she liked what i had more than me... i haven't even been on a date since 2007!!! am i affected mentally by this... well sure... i write about it all the time in poetic form... does any one care i live like this... only my parents cause they want me out the house... just cause i live like this doesn't mean i don't have ambitions or desires... hell i am only human... i know none of what i do will make me rich or wanted... i really don't care either... i mean sure i could get up and change if i liked too... but then i am just going to go and work to acquire things... then a female will take interest again... then i will be left with nothing again... did i mention that happened 3 times? ehh what does it matter... either way i don't see myself giving up my so called addiction... i spent 2 days with no sleep to start the week off playing around in the unity game engine... i learned a few things but i never will probably do anything meaningful... i get sidetracked so easily... if i do it will take forever... like the book i was writing... been writing in it off and on for almost a decade... doesn't really matter... i know i won't get any money for the book any way as what i write is not the general public's cup of happiness and fun... honestly i would be surprised if you could find anyone more irresponsible than myself... it is pretty bad... but at least my internet addiction is better than the drug addiction i used to have... not that it matters any way.... i hope you find what ever it is you need to break free of it, if you feel it's holding you back... we all have our faults and no one should really want to live like i do.... but hey i am comfortable with my situation...
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I rarely throw away many hours on the Internet today than what I used to do many years ago.
I don't play online (no gamble or online multiplayer games of any kind), I dropped my Facebook 2 years ago (so I'm not bothered anymore by the system to constantly check who likes what, or who commented what.....there's Skype and cell-phones, if REAL friends want to get in touch with me), don't have also a Google+ or Twitter account either (so don't have to constantly check who said what), cut down porn to ONLY 2 hours every 10-14 days and that's it.
I don't calculate those few hours that I might spend on Amazon or somewhere else, to find a particular article I can't find at my place, or that particular movie/book I want to re-experience, as you can get great deals on the Internet. And also I don't calculate those 3-4 hours I spend everyday to find a job, as these are important things.
I used to be a huge Internet surfer. But today, I only value the more informative and "working" part of the Internet, and try not to spend much time with things I find irrelevant and a waste of time. And that's all.
Internet is ADDICTIVE and can, of course, cause harm if abused or used improperly. But the vast majority of social phobia and depression caused by the Internet is mainly to be blamed by social media platforms.
When they will fade for good? I don't know. But if I was a parent, I certainly wouldn't let any of my children have any accounts on those sites, and expose them openly to peer pressure.
My opinion is that cut it down, if you can. Find out what cause you to waste time, and limit it. The more you limit it, the more you become less interested, and have therefore the time to find something else to do, maybe. An old abandoned hobby or something, for example.
Just my 2 cents.
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I don't think internet addiction is the reason for depression/anxiety. But the other way around! Depression/anxiety leads people to seek the comfort of others on the internet.
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Surely it's common sense that someone with no other means of communication would turn to the internet and be more likely to develop a dependence. Are these people thick, or am I just a closet genius?
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I use the internet a lot because i have nothing better to do. During busy days i dont miss the internet at all.
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Just internet addiction? Couldn't this be said about any deeply progressed addiction? I guess coffee might be the exception, because that actually encourages social gathering.

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I don't think internet addiction is the reason for depression/anxiety. But the other way around! Depression/anxiety leads people to seek the comfort of others on the internet.
I agree with this possibility. The internet wasn't nearly as cool and convenient when I first started to struggle. It was still very magical, in the sense of being able to talk with anyone without having to see their face or go to their house. We can easily become dependent on convenience alone without realizing the damage it's doing.

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