Are You An Internet Addict?

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Are You An Internet Addict?

Getting hooked on the web can creep up on you before you know it, If often starts out as an occasional effort to retrieve information needed for work or personal use. This inevitably leads to attractive links to sites having little to do with your original search, but prove much more fascinating. Although one might suspect that people whose daily work required frequent Internet use would be most likely to become addicted, only about only 6 percent seem to suffer this fate.

Factors that are unique to the individual seem to be much more important. For some, the Internet proves irresistible because it is such a safe and convenient way to satisfy cravings for gambling, sexual excitement, shopping, going to auctions, playing games, listening to and downloading music, visiting museums and viewing their contents, finding people with similar interests and hobbies, or contacting friends by e-mail whenever you choose. For others, the web satisfies the need to obtain detailed information from any comer of the globe on current events, sports, travel, weather, entertainment, celebrities, products, health concerns, financial news, stock market prices, etc., etc. Numerous search engines make this easy, and you can find out about anything in a few seconds at www.askjeeves.com.

For people with curious minds or a wide range of interests, the awesome amount of alluring material available is overpowering. An hour or two on-line can elapse in what seemed like ten minutes. This type of occasional preoccupation does not necessarily mean you are addicted, unless it leads to spending so much time on-line that it interferes with your normal life. Early warning signs of addiction include: not being able to wait to get on the computer, downplaying or being secretive about the amount of time spent on the web, and a feeling of intense intimacy while on-line. Family or friends are often more likely to be the first to recognize that you have a problem.

You can check your status by seeing how many times you answer "Yes" to the following nine questions.

Do you spend more time than you think you should on-line?

Do you feel that you would have a problem if the amount of time you spent on-line for personal use were limited to one hour a day?

Have any of your friends or family members complained about the time you spend at your computer?
Do you find it hard to stay away from the Internet for several days at a time?
Has either your work or personal life suffered as a result of spending too much time on-line?
Are there particular sites that you find hard to resist visiting daily or do you feel the need to check your e-mail several times a day to avoid missing something?

Do you have troubling controlling your impulses to purchase products or services from on-line vendors?
Have you ever tried to curtail your Internet use without success?
Does a significant amount of your pleasure and satisfaction in life now come from Internet activities?
Four is borderline, and five or six "Yes" responses suggest that you could be headed for trouble. Anything over that implies that you are probably already hooked, and could become a full-fledged junkie;

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You Know You Are A Junkie When

- You check your e-mail. It says "no new messages." So you check it again.

- You spend half the plane trip with your laptop on your lap and half with your child in the overhead compartment.

- Your bookmarks now take 15 minutes to scroll through.

- Your eyeglasses have a burned in web site.

- Your vacation spot must provide electricity and a phone line for Internet access.

- You find yourself typing "com" after every period when using a word processor.com

- You turn off your modem and get this awful feeling like you pulled the plug on a loved one.

- Your dog or cat has its own home page.

- You don't know what sex three or more of your best friends are because they have neutral nicknames and you never bothered to ask.

- You wake up at 3 A.M. to go to the bathroom and stop and check your e-mail on the way back to bed.

- You move into a new house and decide to Netscape before you landscape.

- You ask your doctor if he can arrange to have six gigs implanted in your brain.

- You wonder how on earth your service provider is allowed to refer to 200 hours per month as being "unlimited."

- A friend stops by to see you since your phone has been busy...for a year!

- Your car crashes through a guardrail on a dangerous mountain road and your first instinct is to search for the "back" button.

- All of your friends have an @ in their name.

- You laugh at people with 9600 modems.

- You decide to stay in college or your job for another year or so just for free Internet access.

- The TV remote is missing and you don't care.

- Your hard drive crashes and you haven't logged on in two hours. You manually dial your access number and try to hum to communicate with it. You succeed!!

- All your daydreaming is preoccupied with getting a faster Internet connection. Tech support now calls you for help.

- You finally do find the TV remote control but now don't remember how to work it.

- Your wife drapes a blond wig over your monitor to remind you of what she looks like.

- You express your feelings in symbols and start tilting your head sideways to smile :-)

- You get a tattoo "This body best viewed with Netscape Navigator 3.0 or higher."

- You get excited whenever you start to discuss the size and speed of your hard drive.

- The last time you looked it was 11:30 P.M. and what seems like only an hour later, everyone's getting up to go to school or work.

- Your spouse says that good communication is very important in a marriage, so you buy her a computer and install a second phone line so the two of you can chat more often.

- You tell the kids they can't use the computer because "Daddy's got work to do" and you don't even have a job.

- You say "Scroll Up" when someone asks "What was it you said?"

- You consider replacing a chair near your computer with a commode or refrigerator.

- Your bathroom looks like this:

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