Internet addiction disorder (IAD), or, more broadly, Internet overuse, problematic computer use or pathological computer use, is excessive computer use that interferes with daily life. According to
I seriously don't want to add another problem/disorder to my life but I think I am hooked to facebook, blogging, reading blogs and reading anything related to sustainable living. Is this a bad thing? A bit :(
I even looked up if there was such thing as an addiction to the Internet, i think that says it all really.
Often i use the Internet as a tool to keep me connected to the goings on in the "real" world. Some might say that it isn't the real world it is the virtual world. I guess it is the real world for me since i am not able to be out there as much as i would like. The Internet just tops me up i guess, makes me feel connected to my friends and allows me to maintain relationships where i would be inadequate otherwise,if it was just up to me returning phone calls and keeping to pre- made plans, FAIL.
I have found the most incredible friendships through support networks, without my addiction i wouldn't have found these soul warming connections.
I also find that i can escape into the world of others, like escaping into a good book. I know i have said this many times already. It is very comforting at times, you can feel really low and then read something funny or read a great quote and it can lift that kind of mood that you know is going to make you into a dragon, hence my family should be happy i have an Internet addiction.
Knowledge is at my fingertips, i thrive on absorbing information like water to a sponge. The instantaneous-ness of the Internet is so appealing.
The "addiction" has allowed me to blossom and become the Nicola i want to be. It has allowed me to print my words and throw them into the world to be imprinted forever wherever my words lay. Nicola is enabled here in the Internet world.
Problem is........it has interfered with my family and home. I am writing my words to put out into the world all while my laundry is waiting to be folded. Yeah so!!! Its been there all day.
I haven't been present with my son today, not much anyway. I could tell he was bored so i made him some play dough but most of the day i was speaking to him over the laptop screen.
I am supposed to be having a break from facebook but i found a short film that was relevant to my OT page so there i go and share the link to facebook. Can i resist it? Do i want to when i feel i can help others?
I wanted to disappear from facebook for a while and spend less time on the Internet but i found i was thinking of reasons to look up things. So i caved.
I need to find a balance. I know this. I guess in all honesty, i feel less alone when i am on the Internet. Gee, that's getting to the point of venerability here.
Goal = Do laundry before i am allowed to surf.