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10/24/2006

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Annabelle

Oh my god. I think I'm addicted.

Vesper

Maybe we should start an online support group?

Patti

Addiction is such a strange thing. Some professional gambler friends of mine once sat down with the Gamblers Anonymous 20 questions, and based on that quiz they're all gambling addicts."Did you ever use the internet to get money with which to pay debts or otherwise solve financial difficulties?" Well, duh! It's what I do for a living.

Schomer

Someone forgot to let those Stanford people know this was already figured out - ten years ago. Maybe they still teach wannabe engineers how to code in Pascal too.

Kelev T. Cat

like i've said before... i can stop any time i want to.call me a nerd (again), but i'd much rather spend time talking to someone who spends too much time on the internet than someone who's drunk.

karen

What I find ironic is that you will find an equal number of studies showing that people's offline communities are dramatically smaller than they were 30-40 years ago, and we are generally lonelier than we used to be. Seems like a lot of people are fillingtheir need for community online.
Addiction to human contact and a sense of community sounds like a fine thing to me.

Mark

Oh my lord, are those the criteria?? That you find it difficult to stay away from the internet for several days, and sometimes stay on longer than expected?
I wish to register a complaint. When we're VOXing, we are hanging with our friends. Communicating, learning, writing, thinking. OK, and kvetching, showing off, and engaging in content-free hangin' with our peeps. Is this kind of activity now to be understood as addiction?markvancleve says, "bite me".
Do you find it difficult to stay off the telephone for several days? Are you sometimes on the phone for longer than expected?

Note that this rant adds nothing of value to what Karen has commented more politely and eloquently.

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