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Old 07-05-2009, 08:17 PM
 
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I did for about a year. I was working for myself, and I was trying to expand via the internet. I got by - But, I realized with 12 hour days, spending about 6 - 8 hours on the internet (updating websites, sending e-mails, researching sources...). And, I was getting by, but barely.

And, I was fooling myself because I found myself on websites like this one - You know, taking a break during the day, and not realizing that an hour went by, here and there...

Anyway, I got out of it, went back to work the old fashion way (still using the computer for e-mail), - But, my income is back to a normal living wage.

What brings this up, is that a fellow in a company that I did some work for, seemed to get the "internet bug", and now lost his job, his house, and can't find work.

I'm not suprised, because even though I did not know him, after about a week on the project, after watching this guy typing feverishly on his keyboard all day (in sporadic bursts) - it occured to me, this guy is just spending his day playing around on these message boards (or something like it).

Anyway, I now learn that everyone caught on, and they let the guy go, after his being with them for years.

So, I guess this is both a question and (perhaps) a warning. Do you ever stop and ask yourself, "Am I spending too much time in the cyber world?".

I now mostly go on-line a few hours on the weekends and perhaps 1 hour per night. And, I just think that my life is better.
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Old 07-05-2009, 08:19 PM
 
Location: Land of 10000 Lakes +
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I am sure you're right. I spend too much time here at the expense of other things I should be doing. When I am away on vacation, I never miss it; when I come back I hate to even turn it on for emails, because I know how much better I do without it.
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Old 07-05-2009, 09:28 PM
 
Location: Florida
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The internet is like cocaine. Once you start it's hard to break the addiction. Many people have it worse with online games and such. It's their own little virtual world they can escape to. I, myself, spend a fairly huge amount of time on the internet. But I try to reduce it and much as possible. There's so much going on in the internet from torrenting, youtube, social networks, message boards/forums, music, movies, television shows, to other explicit materials.
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Old 07-06-2009, 04:52 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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I am sure you're right. I spend too much time here at the expense of other things I should be doing. When I am away on vacation, I never miss it;
Me, too. Why is that? I spend too many hours per day on my desktop computer. I thought I was going to melt without it on vacation for two weeks but I didn't miss it at all. As soon as I got home, however, it was back to usual. I should mention, computers were available to me those two weeks but they weren't MY computer so I had no interest. I checked my web mail twice but didn't do anything but delete stuff without reading it.
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Old 07-06-2009, 07:51 AM
 
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I am on my computer for work 8 hours every day, and about 1-2 hours for fun every night.

I also go running or biking 6 days a week, golfing/reading in the park often. I bet I spend 40% of my life in front of a computer, but that is how I make a living. Why does it matter?
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Old 07-06-2009, 09:08 AM
 
Location: Tyler, TX
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I was "addicted" to "social" computing (chat/forums on BBSs) from the late '90s until the early '00s. Around that time, I just got bored with it all and reduced my usage to a minimum.

I still participate on forums such as this one, but I'm at no risk of losing my job over it - I own the business. There's no way I could spend less than 12 hours per day in front of it, though, or we wouldn't have a business...

Even when I'm not working, I spend a good amount of time just screwing around online, writing code, etc. I've been working with/on computers since the '80s, and they're an integral part of my life. There are plenty of weekend days where I don't use a computer at all (excepting our HTPC [our TV]), but there are also weekend days where I spend the whole day working on one project or another.
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Old 07-06-2009, 01:13 PM
 
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Not really because now that i am retired ;i have two hours a day to devote to the internet. But when I worked i never really used the computer except at work. There I never did anyhting but business really.
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Old 07-06-2009, 05:13 PM
 
Location: Land of 10000 Lakes +
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They gave me so little work to do when I was working that I spent all my time on the computer. When I was hesitant about buying one for home, I told my daughter I don't want to spend evenings on the computer as well to which my daughter responded, "What makes you different from other people?"
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Old 07-06-2009, 06:04 PM
 
Location: California
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Yes, definitely. I didn't want a computer in the house for the longest time because I knew what what going to happen, and I was right. I just thought it would happen to the kids, not to ME
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Old 07-06-2009, 08:42 PM
 
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I actually depend on the Internet. It has totally replaced any time I would be spending watching any TV whatsoever, and I do not make purchases without looking up unbiased reviews and first-hand experiences with products on forums (such as this one) first -- be it electronics, health, travel, what-have-you.

When I lived in other states, I spent most time (outside of work) outdoors and limited Internet to just researching things when I had to. I'd meet folks from all over, and there was a wide array of discussions. Now, having returned to original (provincial) residence due to family & job, I find I need the Internet to get different views; more open-minded input on everything from major happenings to sports ... right down to what's a good vitamin supplement. EDIT to say: Have found that the Internet is REQUIRED for finding the unbiased TRUTHS on things (when you dig deep enough.)
Nobody I know from my area has ever left here so, if one isn't a "clone", so to speak, you may as well be from outer Space if you've experienced other regions and mindsets.

So I am most comfortable here in Outer Space since moving back, and am pretty much on here when not at work

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