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Old 09-18-2011, 02:15 PM   #1
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Default Computer Addictions: What They Are, How To Spot Them, & How To Stop Them

What Are Addictions?

Addictions aren't just for harmful substances like alcohol, but they could be for shopping, eating a certain food, or playing a certain game. By dictionary definition, an addiction is The fact or condition of being addicted to particular substance, thing, or activity. Today, we're going to focus being addicted to an certain activity. More particular, let's talk about being addicted to the computer or internet.

Why is being addicted to the computer bad & signs you may be addicted

It's bad for a large amount of reasons. If you only go online for short periods throughout the day or don't go on for ridiculous long time periods, you are probably not addicted. When you're addicted to the computer, your life revolves around it. You a lot of time thinking about it, and you might get nervous if it is taken away from you for awhile. This may cause you to be moody or aggressive around others for unfair reasons. Also, looking at a screen for a long amount of time makes your eyes tired. When you get older, you may have to get glasses or have eye problems. When on the computer, you can avoid this by turning a lamp on nearby so it is easier to read and you don't have to stare at a screen so closely. Also, you may gain other health problems. If you're choosing the computer over eating dinner, or using the bathroom, you need to rethink your actions. Is the activity you're doing really that important that you don't want to eat, or practice good hygiene habits? Are you choosing the computer or activity over your friends?

How can I stop the addiction?

Don't be embarrassed. You need to talk to a trusted adult, social worker, or guidance counselor. They can give you options to ease your problem, and are friendly. If your school or you do not have any of those options though, try this: Before you log on, set a timer for a set amount of time you should be on the computer. 2 hours is plenty of time. Once you set the clock, place the timer next to the computer or laptop. When the 2 hours is up, turn the timer off and log off. Then, reward yourself by eating a sweet treat, like some candy or an ice cream. If you don't use all of your time for the day up at once, turn off the timer/clock and write the time you have left on a sheet of paper. later that day then, you won't forget how much time you have left. Also, what are some of your other interests besides the computer? Do you like to play basketball, or cook? Then instead of being on the computer so long, go partake in those activities! If you don't think you have any other interests, think of it this way. If you like to make graphics in photoshop or GIMP, why not draw, color, or make crafts? If you have a dog, take your dog to the park or on a walk around the neighborhood. Spend time with friends! When you're always on the computer, you might spend less time talking to your friends which can be sad. So why not give them a call and ask if they want to hang out? I Always do my homework before i go on the computer, that way I don't forget about it later.

Source: Girls Life Magazine

Lastly, this thread isn't meant to embarrass, offend, or be rude to anyone. It is simply here to keep you aware of addictions, and inform you about them.

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Old 09-18-2011, 07:49 PM   #2
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great guide!
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Old 09-19-2011, 09:02 AM   #3
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I'm addicted to webkinz insider. And i'm proud of it. Lol.
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Thanks! And it's probably fine as long as long as it doesn't become a really bad thing.
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I'm addicted to webkinz insider. And i'm proud of it. Lol.
yee man.

i like.. fall under all that stuff. oh well.... xD

thanks for the stuff
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Old 09-22-2011, 03:45 PM   #7
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Thank you for this great guide .
It can help many (:
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(i get GL magazine too) *looks in newest magazine issue*

Thanks for the tips! everyday when i go on, i always turn on a lamp or 2 because it helps a lot. also, i tilt my screen back a bit so it's not full-force.
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Hello. My name is suzee & I'm addicted to Webkinz, WW & WI & I love it!
Hey, I do go to school but when I come home, my gramma makes me do my homework and only then can I use the puter. So, I'm not on that much IMHO.

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