3 methods for quitting Internet addiction

Discussion in 'Internet Addiction' started by TheUnderdog, Jun 24, 2012.

  1. TheUnderdog

    TheUnderdog Active Member Staff Member

    Here are some I can think of at the moment.

    If you have more then feel free to add them.

    Method #1: Cold Turkey

    Pretty simple. Don't turn on your computer at all.

    Turn it on once or twice a day to check your email and that's it. No more than 5 minutes of computer usage per day.

    This is only possible for those that don't need their computer for work or studying.

    Method #2: Seeing the computer as a tool for work and nothing else

    If you need your computer for work, then use it only for that.

    Any form of online entertainment is not allowed.

    Use it only for work and turn it off as soon as you're done.

    Method #3: Only before X:XX and after X:XX

    Setting up a rule such as "Only before 9am and after 7pm" can be very useful for those that still want to use the Internet to chat with friends or stay updated with their favorite sport team's news and whatnot.

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    Any of these 3 methods can be perfectly combined with the ERP approach as taught in Web Rehab.

    Personally, I'm choosing Method #2 with a slight modification. I will use the computer only for work and posting on Your Brain Rebalanced.

    So basically if I'm not working or helping people around here, then I shouldn't be sitting in front of the computer.
     
  2. Journey to Freedom

    Journey to Freedom Vincere est Vivere

    Thanks for creating this thread, and outlining all the possible strategies in such a clear, concise manner.

    I think I'll go with your slightly modified strategy. The only thing I'll use the computer for outside of work and improving myself, is this forum and other resources to help me cure myself of PMO addiction once and for all.
     
  3. RunDroogieRun

    RunDroogieRun New Member

    One thing that I've found to be quite helpful, is: shutting down my laptop, and then packing it up and putting it in my closet, making it that much more of a pain in the ass to get it out, reboot it, etc. This method could be modified by burying it under a bunch of shit, behind boxes, whatever.
     
  4. Journey to Freedom

    Journey to Freedom Vincere est Vivere

    Thanks for this, very helpful advice as well 8)
     
  5. A

    A New Member

    Hello, thanks for the methods! I would like to add mine:

    * Define a limit for the computer usage time as X hours per day

    * Put a stopwatch near the computer screen and start it every time you use the computer and stop it when you are finished, you can use the computer during the day until you reach X.

    The point is that you don't have to use the computer for 2 hours or whatever in a row, it enables you to divide the usage time to various parts all over the day, for me it's easier to reduce the computer time gradually.
    Another thing I noticed is that being aware of the time running makes you finish all the important things as soon as possible, and then you understand how useless all the other things you do on the computer during the time that is left so you can reduce the limit time.

    sorry about my english It's not my native language.
     
  6. BreakfreeUK

    BreakfreeUK New Member

    Hey dudes,

    Sorry if you have posted elsewhere, just wondering if you are feeling any benefits of reducing your internet usage? I noticed i spend way too much time on the internet.

    Just wondering if any of the benefits of quitting porn tie in with quitting the internet addiction. I noticed the always seeking part of my brian that was so prevalent in the porn use is the same type of behaviour albeit with a different kind of arousal level, but similar nevertheless.

    Bob
     
  7. Palindrome5

    Palindrome5 New Member

    Is there any software that can be used to cut out internet for specified time intervals? I think that would be the most helpful thing for me at this point.
     
  8. BreakfreeUK

    BreakfreeUK New Member

    Im using an extension for safari, i think there is a chrome add on too called waste no time. It allows different time ranges within the settings.
     
  9. rcfergie5

    rcfergie5 Guest

    Methods 2 and 3 didn't quite work for me in the long run, and I've tried method 1... Method one might've been the best option for me. Although I didn't go on Facebook, Youtube or here for 6 days straight on the 10-day challenge, I was still looking up new information when I wasn't satisfied with my current information... I can see how internet addiction can be similar to porn addiction.
     
  10. ezagent

    ezagent Guest

    I close the lid on my laptop and do something else. Will keep this thread in mind though. Am I wasting too much time online? Not sure.
     
  11. sepultur60

    sepultur60 lets rewire this shit !

    thats good too hahaha :)
    gathering as much people wanting to quit this whoreshit tech and make a camp fire with it :!!!!: and post a photo on facebook to encourage this rebellion on the system :)
     
  12. sepultur60

    sepultur60 lets rewire this shit !

    sexual energy transmutation is the best way and immidiate way, but its a too tricky to keep going, till debuging all the addiction circuit, but thats the best way to go,
    using the sexual energy like it should; not like the addiction wants
     
  13. youngoldie

    youngoldie Onwards comrades - we have to go back!

    Hi there,

    That's my problem:

    I use the computer mainly for YBR and for violin lesson. After sucessfully rebooting. And I use it for hours and hours!

    Have I just changed my addiction?

    Addicted to YBR?
     
  14. rcfergie5

    rcfergie5 Guest

    Before I say "fuck you" to this entire website, maybe I should take a little time offline too, just because that may even be aggregating my obsession by writing threads and whining and shit.

    I'm thinking a week at most. If I don't see you guys until then, Merry Christmas. Good luck, fellas.
     
  15. dvxsantana

    dvxsantana Wrath Knows No Equal

    I'm glad you guys can handle this.

    Internet is my 3rd parent, can't do it.
     
  16. bork_gray

    bork_gray Beaker doesn't "bork" like the Chef.

    I have trouble with "using" the internet unproductively. I'm sure that my porn problem has contributed to some of the development of my problem with the internet as a more general concept, but it may be that the internet trouble started out as nothing but internet trouble and then transmogrified into porn trouble. I don't know which came first, chicken or egg.

    One thought I have, is about the size, vibrancy, bright color, and general "twinklyness" of the screen. I know that one of the major tests for ADHD involves testing subject reaction time to the blinking of a light on a computer screen, and one of the major variables that they secretly modify as part of the test, is the brightness and contrast of the screen and the room. I don't know all the specifics of how the diagnostician figures out whether or not the blinky computer says that the subject does or doesn't have ADHD, but it's clear from even this small amount of knowledge, that computer screen brightness can be a contributing factor. Beware the blinky lights!

    Another thought I have, is that sometimes now that I'm not looking at porn during the reboot, I still "have to" waste a lot of time on the internet. I sit down, turn on the laptop, don't know what I'm going to do with it, and have no goal in mind, so I hear myself say, to myself, "So, how can I spend some time here." Then I end up going to some card-game solitaire site, or a sudoku site, for hours and hours. And in the middle of playing the pointless game I often tell myself, "What a waste of time, why am I doing this?" But I continue to play sudoku or solitaire anyway. There's something about the fact that it doesn't matter, and that whether or not I win or lose, I can just click the replay button and start all over right where I left off. The fact of easy replay is one of the most alluring and entrapping characteristics. It does feel to some extent like an "addiction," but what I'm addicted to, (or, more accurately, "what I'm generally in need of experiencing") seems to be the loss of time at a visual-manual pursuit. My hands are working the keyboard and mouse, my eyes are glued to the screen and glazed over and buggy-eyed, and my butt is in the chair, and once that is going on, I end up not wanting to change. I'm sitting here internettifying; therefore, I cannot stop internettifying. That's how my brain goes. Clearly a type of addiction or addictive behavior, for me; but also, not the same as the porn, because there's really not any OTHER external gratification that I'm getting. It's not like I'm getting an orgasm or a paycheck from playing solitaire ... :p

    Still and all, yeah, I'm "addicted" to the internet in some ways. Have to haveit, often can't control it, wonder what to do about it?
     
  17. unscarred

    unscarred Guest

    Let's see, if I am going to do this it's going to have to be option number three. I have no fucking clue what I'm going to do with myself though lol. I hate watching tv, I feel like that's what most people do with all their spare time but to me it's really boring. I will definitely need to prepare alternate outlets and activities in advance before I kick this off. I start classes back in a couple weeks so that will be a great way to burn time too off the PC.
     
  18. newdon2life

    newdon2life New Member

    I use the internet precisely the same way I used TV as a kid, left home alone for hours and hours with no parents around. Even though I'm doing good on the PMO front right now (what with the strongest setting possible on my filter)...I still spent the entirety of this day online. None of it really all that productive, although I did read some insightful things here in there.

    I didnt' even look for new work, which I really, really need to be hyper focused on right now.

    I need more sunlight, more exercise, more getting out and being around people and less computer-mediated, self-imposed isolation.

    I don't have to be home alone, idle, and burning the hours idle with my eyeballs on a screen. I'm doing it out of g-damn habit.
     
  19. sepultur60

    sepultur60 lets rewire this shit !

    the detail that this advices lack, is :
    WE MUST ALSO QUIT THIS VERY FORUM :)
     
  20. bork_gray

    bork_gray Beaker doesn't "bork" like the Chef.

    I did that already. :p
     

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