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Internet Addiction or General Use?

Topic closed. 27 replies. Last post 10 years ago by LottoChica23.

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How long can you stay off of the Internet without getting anxious? How does it affect your life?

Less than an hour [ 2 ]  [5.00%]
More than an hour or 2 [ 9 ]  [22.50%]
I can skip a whole day without thinking of it [ 8 ]  [20.00%]
Sometimes I don't sign on for 3 or 4 days [ 1 ]  [2.50%]
I'm happy checking emails once a week [ 0 ]  [0.00%]
2-3 times a month I check email, LP & other sites [ 0 ]  [0.00%]
Once a month is enough for me to get online [ 0 ]  [0.00%]
I would be happy if I never saw a computer again! [ 0 ]  [0.00%]
The Internet's like oyxgen. Can't live without it! [ 17 ]  [42.50%]
What's internet? Thought this was a just a dream. [ 3 ]  [7.50%]
Total Valid Votes [ 40 ]  
Discarded Votes [ 0 ]  
justxploring's avatar - villiarna
Wandering Aimlessly
United States
Member #25360
November 5, 2005
4461 Posts
Posted: June 29, 2006, 2:26 pm - IP Logged

Today I woke up and took a shower, ate breakfast and planned to drive a few hours to visit my father in the hospital. In fact, many times I make plans and then I get on my computer and start answering emails, reading messages on sites I enjoy, often posting an answer or two, and then it's 3 hours later. Where did 3 hours go? Although today I'm not working, last week I only had Sunday to clean my home, run errands and visit people and made a pledge not to even turn on my computer. At midnight I was still playing Space Cadet Pinball, trying to break my current record of about 18 million.

Am I addicted to my laptop or am I like many people in 2006 who feel that checking email and surfing the internet or visiting your favorite site(s) is now an essential part of everyday living? How many people here put getting online on your routine to-do list? Does it have an effect on your social life, your job, your personal/family relationships? Does your wife/husband call "Honey, come to bed" and you shout "in a minute, I'm checking my lottery numbers!"  Or do you hide your online activity from your family altogether? Do you get up in the middle of the night to get online? Are you reading this post in your pajamas?


    New Mexico
    United States
    Member #12305
    March 10, 2005
    2984 Posts
    Posted: June 29, 2006, 2:36 pm - IP Logged


    I couldn't find an answer that fits me on the poll.

    I'm not addicted to the internet, but I'm addicted to numbers.  The internet happens to be the IV I use to get my fixes.

    When I'm able to convince myself I don't need to check the results page and try backtracking some draws I can stay off the internet for a long time.

    Then I come back and find I have a lot of catching up to do.

    Maybe I'll quit smoking, but I think I'll keep my numbers addiction for a while.

    Space Cadet?  Is that something I ought to know about?


    Absorb the good, ignore the bad, weigh the ugly.

    It's about number behavior.

    Egos don't count.


    Dedicated to the memory of Big Loooser


      Coastal Georgia
      United States
      Member #2653
      October 30, 2003
      1866 Posts
      Posted: June 29, 2006, 2:53 pm - IP Logged

      Hi JXP,  

      For me the Internet is like Oxygen. Can't make it without it very long.

      My work is heavy internet/e-mail useage, so that's part of it, but I have to visit my favorite sites all the time to see what's up and see who is posting and/or not posting and why.

      I guess you could say I'm as addicted to the net as I am to gambling and sex, but not necessarily in that order.  Naughty







        bellyache's avatar - 64x64a9wg

        United States
        Member #12618
        March 18, 2005
        2060 Posts
        Posted: June 29, 2006, 3:01 pm - IP Logged

        I admit that the internet is a big part of my life. Of course I can go without being on it, but I get a bit anxious when I can't check my email and such.

        Dance like no one is watching.

          Todd's avatar - Cylon 2.gif
          Chief Bottle Washer
          New Jersey
          United States
          Member #1
          May 31, 2000
          23259 Posts
          Posted: June 29, 2006, 3:05 pm - IP Logged

          Great poll, I hope everyone gets a chance to weigh in.


          Check the State Lottery Report Card
          What grade did your lottery earn?


          Sign the Petition for True Lottery Drawings
          Help eliminate computerized drawings!

            Litebets27's avatar - power
            United States
            Member #10465
            January 14, 2005
            6065 Posts
            Posted: June 29, 2006, 3:09 pm - IP Logged

            I agree with Rip. I'm not addicted to the internet but Iam addicted to numbers and Lottery Post. I started to respond to a previous thread entered by LottoMike about Todd not being able to carry on with the LP for some reason. I felt the anxiety welling up inside of me then.ROFL.

            I was on vacation last week. I was in Florida and had access to Internet service but didn't touch it for a whole 9 days. That's a record for me.

            I won't check my Email until someone ask me if I recieved something.


            Feeling,  PRICELESS!!!Banana

            Come on Jackpot!!!

              justxploring's avatar - villiarna
              Wandering Aimlessly
              United States
              Member #25360
              November 5, 2005
              4461 Posts
              Posted: June 29, 2006, 3:13 pm - IP Logged

              Thanks, Todd.  Sorry about the typo!

              The Internet's like oyxgen. Can't live without it!  Oops!!

              Obviously I meant Oxygen.  I was thinking of the ELO song.."Love is like Oxygen, you get too much you get too high, not enough and you're gonna die..."

              DD - you're addicted to sex and gambling?  So a "roll in the hay" might be with a pair of dice?

              Litebets - I was on vacation in Costa Rica in 2001 and still went to an Internet Cafe to email my family and friends. Just one U.S. dollar for an hour or 2.  Maybe if I hadn't walked by one, I would have waited until I got home, but I was pretty bored the night I stayed in Jaco.

                MillionsWanted's avatar - 24Qa6LT

                Member #9517
                December 10, 2004
                1271 Posts
                Posted: June 29, 2006, 3:14 pm - IP Logged

                I can't live without internet.
                When I am travelling back to my old home town to visit my parents, I use my Nokia N70 for internet surfing with Opera 8.60 for Series 60 and to check email.

                I've even used it to visit LotteryPost.com

                  United States
                  Member #17555
                  June 22, 2005
                  5582 Posts
                  Posted: June 29, 2006, 3:26 pm - IP Logged

                  The band "Sweet" wrote "Love is like oxygen", not ELO........

                  Not a big deal, I just thought you might want to know.

                  I voted a whole day without the net. Even though that hasn't happened in a long time...LOL

                    LOTTOMIKE's avatar - cash money.jpg
                    United States
                    Member #7853
                    October 15, 2004
                    11338 Posts
                    Posted: June 29, 2006, 3:39 pm - IP Logged

                    lol,you correct pac.i was just fixing to point that out.i happen to like ELO better than sweet although sweet is good.who could resist strange magic,livin thing,telephone line,etc.....by the way i'm reading this next to my bed because thats where my computer is.......

                      Sunny California
                      United States
                      Member #40295
                      May 31, 2006
                      7712 Posts
                      Posted: June 29, 2006, 4:11 pm - IP Logged

                      I voted a whole day without even though I AM sitting here in my pajamas reading this post.

                        Rick G's avatar - avatar 1766.jpg
                        FEMA Region V Camp #21
                        United States
                        Member #520
                        July 27, 2002
                        5699 Posts
                        Posted: June 29, 2006, 4:32 pm - IP Logged

                        I like the internet mostly for lottery. If I went on vacation, I'd miss the numbers game not the internet.

                        But it sure beats TV.

                        Posted 4/6:  IL Pick 3 midday and evening until they hit:  555, 347 (str8).

                          truecritic's avatar - PirateTreasure
                          United States
                          Member #22395
                          September 24, 2005
                          1583 Posts
                          Posted: June 29, 2006, 5:09 pm - IP Logged

                          A computer was something on TV
                          From a science fiction show of note
                          A window was something you hated to clean
                          And ram was the cousin of a goat.

                          Meg was the name of my girlfriend
                          And gig was a job for the nights
                          Now they all mean different things
                          And that really mega bites.

                          An application was for employment
                          A program was a TV show
                          A curser used profanity
                          A keyboard was a piano.

                          Memory was something that you lost with age
                          A CD was a bank account
                          And if you had a 3 inch floppy
                          You hoped nobody found out.

                          Compress was something you did to the garbage
                          Not something you did to a file.
                          And if you unzipped anything in public
                          You'd be in jail for awhile.

                          Log on was adding wood to the fire
                          Hard drive was a long trip on the road
                          A mouse pad was where a mouse lived
                          And a back up happened to your commode.

                          Cut you did with a pocket knife.
                          Paste you did with glue
                          A web was a spider's home
                          And a virus was the flu.

                          I guess I'll stick to my pad and paper
                          And the memory in my head
                          I hear nobody's been killed in a computer crash
                          But when it happens, they'll wish they were dead.


                          Copyright; Author Unknown

                          I am on and off everyday, even if it is only for a few minutes.  But I can stay off for hours at a time as well.  Can't tell you the last time I skipped at least 1 entire day though.

                            Rick G's avatar - avatar 1766.jpg
                            FEMA Region V Camp #21
                            United States
                            Member #520
                            July 27, 2002
                            5699 Posts
                            Posted: June 29, 2006, 5:13 pm - IP Logged


                            Funny poem. Good one.

                            Posted 4/6:  IL Pick 3 midday and evening until they hit:  555, 347 (str8).

                              Clairvoyance's avatar - eye storm.jpg

                              United States
                              Member #26882
                              November 23, 2005
                              1404 Posts
                              Posted: June 29, 2006, 5:58 pm - IP Logged

                              I voted the Internet is like oxygen. My business and group I run is on line so I have to be on the Internet everyday for hours on end.


                              The other day my phone line was down for 5 hours and WOW, I thought I would go mad not being able to get on. This does not happen often its really reliable any other time!