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Addicted to the Internet watch

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    I realised a long time ago that I spend far too much time on the internet. I do actually feel it is an addiction. It gets in the way of my social life (sometimes,) education (sometimes) and sleep pattern. It's difficult because it's been this way for a couple of years now and I just don’t know how to break the cycle. Initially I thought of limiting myself to just 2-3 hours a day on the internet and the rest of the time do something else, go out with friends, read, study or whatever. But whenever I do that I find myself distracted and easily irritable.

    Unfortunately I’m someone that tends to go through obsessive phases - phases which can last 1-2 years or even longer. My latest obsession (which has lasted near to three years now) is to do with a website which I help run. During the day I’m OK and life a fairly functional life, but at night I’ll spend six or seven hours on the computer looking for news stories for the site or whatever. I just know it’s not healthy and a waste of time really -- but as I said, I find it so hard to force myself off it. I think what makes me feel better is the fact that a lot of people I know - friends, cousins, my brother ALL spend a lot of time on the internet, too. So it somewhat normalizes it for me. Yet, at the same time, I know that my obsession is probably worse than theirs.

    I know I’d find it hard to totally cut myself off from the internet (and I do need it for certain things such as homework.) But I know I need to cut down drastically - even if I spent 2 hours a day on it that would be a LOT less than I do now.

    I know this obviously sounds ridiculous, but it is a genuine problem. Is there any way of overcoming this?

    Don't worry about it. Our ancestors had very boring lives shivering in caves. If they could have your life messing about on the internet they would love it.

    On the other hand, you could also join a gym or a sports club or an astronomy club or something so you can have a more varied social life.

    That is my opinion on the matter

    Wear a rubber band around your wrist and snap it every time you feel the urge to go on the internet. Delivering a decent pain will distract you from the internet. Classic method of surpressing a habit - I learned of it from an episode of A Touch of Frost featuring a rehabilitating paedophile.
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