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Originally Posted by C-bro View Post
Isn't that the same thing smokers and alcoholics say? Either that or "Quitting is easy, I've done it like 10 times."

I'm not saying you're addicted but there are a lot of people who are. If you're failing school or getting fired because you're too busy searching Facebook or Second Life, sorry to say, that's an addiction and an illness. It reminds me of a Mitch Hedberg line about addictions being illnesses and how it doesn't quite add up:

"Damn it Otto, you're an alcoholic...... Damn it Otto, you have Lupis. One of those things just doesn't sound right."
WOO! Mitch Hedberg! May his soul rest in peace.
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hahahahaha, yeah ! yes,yes,yes,yes,YES,YEEEES!

HECK YES!

And im comfortable with that kind of living.

They never do test for people to know if they're addicted to studies, professionnal life, addicted to language, to health, ...

I think they just put some test up, to create problems with people. If youre addicted to the internet, you're not normal, but if you screw everything just to study at harvard and make 150K per year, you're normal.

I don't agree. Like I say... putting too much rules and limitations, is like putting a tiger in a cage made out of carton box. One day it will break.

It's weird to see that, as long as you make the cash flow, you're not addicted to something.

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Originally Posted by Cr4zYH3aD View Post
hahahahaha, yeah ! yes,yes,yes,yes,YES,YEEEES!

HECK YES!

And im comfortable with that kind of living.

They never do test for people to know if they're addicted to studies, professionnal life, addicted to language, to health, ...

I think they just put some test up, to create problems with people. If youre addicted to the internet, you're not normal, but if you screw everything just to study at harvard and make 150K per year, you're normal.

I don't agree. Like I say... putting too much rules and limitations, is like putting a tiger in a cage made out of carton box. One day it will break.

It's weird to see that, as long as you make the cash flow, you're not addicted to something.

my 2 cents.
Hmmm, good point.

People who frequently think about making money, are motivated predominantly by making money, love to have lots of money, but never feel like they've made enough and always want more are considered, not only "normal", but to exemplify what a good capitalist should be like. They're not "addicted", because what they do is good for business, good for economies and good for creating even more wealth. Addiction to alcohol on the other hand (for example) does the opposite for societies, so it's an illness that must be treated.

I guess we only really care to treat the addictions that are perceived to not serve our societies. I'd guess there are a fair few people in the world that could be considered to be addicted to television, fast food and consumerism, but as long as those things continue to serve societies financial interests, or at least, the financial interests of the people who benefit most from them, I guess they wont be tackled either, or at least not with the apparent commitment that other "addictions" are dealt with.

I think, really, I'm not addicted to the internet per se, but rather, addicted to information, to knowledge, to learning, to questioning the world around me and seeking answers to those questions. It just happens that the internet represents a colossal amount of information, potential knowledge and many answers to many questions. Still, I'd be happy if I could have some kind of direct interface between my mind and the current and ever expanding sum of human knowledge. There's a limit to how fast I can read, but I bet I could learn a lot more with a direct link to the world's data .

Oh well... lol .

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I'm getting pretty tired of psychs claiming that basically EVERYTHING is an addiction or an illness. If it's an activity they don't see value in, then it's a problem. Play a lot of video games? Addiction. Surf the net all day? Addiction. Read psychobabble all day? You're a great person! I should listen to you!

It's just another excuse for them to feed your children pills they do not need.
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Its an article from the Guardian.

Says it all really.
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Umm, I don't know what a lot of you are talking about, being obsessed with money is a problem, people that study religiously and burn themselves out is a problem, but these are usually causes of other issues, having an addiction to work isn't common, overworking because you have other problems is more likely.

You know you have an addiction when you become dependent on something or can't do without it, without feeling tense or stressed. It's quite normal to go on the internet regularly, it's if you can't do without it and feel like I said tensed or stressed (without it), or think about going back on it all day and feeling better when you do. All addictions are very closely related, and have basically all the same symptoms, they are just have different fixations.

Addictions such as overworking, drug addictions, co-dependency, food addiction etc have also been studied quite heavily if you look up the relevant literature. And I'm not surprised that the internet is under so much research, it has a huge amount of usage, and it gets headlines, its about publicity in that sense, getting your name recognised.

I like the way that most people that have replied have been extremely defensive, sounds like denial to me... lol. But I agree that the internet can be a wonderful source of information, at the same time however I'm finding it to be increasingly filled with crap and books to be a far better source of information, in some cases. I think that's why search engines are getting worse and worse, there's simply too much junk to filter through.

Don't worry if you go on the internet everyday though, thats perfectly normal, and quite essential for most people (email, news etc). I would think of it like TV addiction. No harm in watching TV everyday, its just when you HAVE to watch it that you have a problem.

Anyway sorry for the long post, I tried not to go into much detail lol, cheers
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I think its safe to say everyone on this website is sick
IMO This is probably the lamest illness I have ever heard of... I am glad I have it
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*injects the Internetz*
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We are OverMental.com then?
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Originally Posted by The Hundred Gunner View Post
Contrary to popular belief, not everyone watches pornography. Some of us are smart enough to identify the problem, that pornography is poison to the mind, and then to break the habit.
w00t! No porn for the win!

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Add "Addiction to necrobeastiality" and you've got my personality all in one paragraph!
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