How to quit internet/computer addiction

Discussion in 'Internet Addiction' started by Psychosis, Mar 20, 2012.

  1. Psychosis

    Psychosis Guest

    If there is already a thread devoted to this, please delete mine.

    I've noticed in some people's journals (and I've made the realization for myself as well), that a part of the problem some of us might be having has to do with using the internet too much in general--not just for porn. Some of the younger guys here were probably put in front of a computer at an early age the way kids in previous generations were put in front of the tv or radio. I cannot imagine that this is good for one's brain. Frankly, I think it probably sucks. So I'm asking people to post their thoughts about how one is to overcome what could perhaps be called "internet addiction".

    --I've heard it said before that one should try to limit one's time in front of the computer to specific hours of the day. For example, one might try to impose the rule of not using the internet after 6:00 p.m. or something.

    --Perhaps it would be beneficial to write out what one typically does when on the internet, and try to eliminate those specific things that have no value. I watch a lot of shit on youtube, for example, and I think I ought to cut it out because it's pretty dumb when you think about it for more than 5 seconds.

    --I think people should say to themselves, "the more time I spend away from my computer, the better it is for me" (with obvious exceptions, of course). Simply turning off your computer and going for a walk in a park, or going to sit in a cafe, going for a jog--whatever. The point is that spent off of the computer (in general) > time spent on it. Therefore, just get off it for as much as you can.

    I'd like to hear other people's thoughts too.
  2. bosseau

    bosseau Guest

    Re: Using the internet for non-porn-related things too much--What to do about it.

    The problem I find is not just boredom causing me to go online, but also the fact that I can do whatever browsing I want on my phone. Wish there was a way of blocking sites on Android as I know this will be my biggest challenge during a weak moment.
  3. Slim Penguin

    Slim Penguin New Member

    Re: Using the internet for non-porn-related things too much--What to do about it.

    I agree with you! Internet is way too time consuming. And there is no questioning that it does affect the dopamine system in the brain.

    My take: only allow yourself one online surfing session per day - at a predetermined time- to do the mandatory routine such as checking emails. No youtube, or reddit... Then log off and don't find an excuse to get back on it until the next day.

    In the end it's all about discipline. But damn, it's hard!
  4. spinergy

    spinergy New Member

    Re: Using the internet for non-porn-related things too much--What to do about it.

    I am in the same boat. I don't know what to do about it. Right now, I'm focused on the reboot. However, I suspect excessive Internet use is a related issue. It's all about stimulation of one kind or another, right? I guess it's habit/addiction.

    Our brains are completely unprepared for this electronic crap.
  5. psybershamanic

    psybershamanic New Member

    Re: Using the internet for non-porn-related things too much--What to do about it.

    i have been unemployed for a number of years now, for many reasons not just because i'm lazy or something.

    this has led to god knows how many wasted hours of internet usage. i have zero problems staying away from visiting porn now, no desire to whatsoever. but i wasted a lot of time on things like facebook etc.

    well my laptop died a few months ago which has been a godsend. i've been using my boyfriend's laptop occasionally, and i find that when i AM surfing online, i actually spend the time reading about educational or interesting things. finding out about music events or bands.

    screw youtube, everyone i know is obsessed with it, especially for listening to music. the sound quality sucks aisde from anything else....

    i spend my time reading about spirituality, entheogenic plants, feminism, politics, history, astronomy, and other sciences. looking up the etymology of words, using online dictionary, thesaurus, uses for herbal medicines and remedies. these are the wonderful uses the internet has, the best types of information it has to offer. sometimes i stream documentaries and occasionally watch episodes of south park or other comedy shows. but really i prefer reasding to inform and educate myself. the internet really is a great tool when you start to use it for more than just base desires.
  6. Harry

    Harry Guest

    Re: Using the internet for non-porn-related things too much--What to do about it.

    We seem to live in an environment with an increasing dependence on entertainment technology. I remember a few years ago when people thought it was absurd that kids can be playing video games for FOUR hours. Now we hear about kids who DIE from playing too much video games. Internet, TV, video games are all forms of addictive escapism. The media is the message. Quite frankly, I am at lost on how to combat all these things. It seems to be feeding on people's desire to achieve the American dream by giving it to them instantly through a tube and without hassle.
  7. Psychosis

    Psychosis Guest

    Re: Using the internet for non-porn-related things too much--What to do about it.

    This about sums it all up, for me at least. I agree that there are definitely educational aspects to the internet, but it still usually comes with ads and other garbage. Plus, I think the fact that using the internet tends to involving one merely drifting from one thing to another contributes to a diminishing of one's attention span. Compare this with the experience of reading a book or poem, which involves sustained attention on one thing for greater lengths of time.

    I simply cannot imagine having the internet on my phone. Luckily, I'm a bit older than some of the people here, so it just seems unnatural to me, and hence not attractive.

    Slim Penguin's suggestion that one limits one's internet use to one specified time per day seems a bit extreme...but I might have to give it a go, and see what happens. I think it might also be beneficial to keep track of exactly how many minutes/day one uses it, and try to reduce it from there.
  8. jj314

    jj314 Guest

    Re: Using the internet for non-porn-related things too much--What to do about it.

    It's as addicting as porn! When I get my own place I'm getting rid of the computer and my Android phone. It's embarassing how much time I waste on Youtube and other message forums (where you read people's negative posts. Gotta love feeling protected over the computer). I have no other real use for it except for email which I can use the library.
  9. TheUnderdog

    TheUnderdog Active Member Staff Member

    Re: Using the internet for non-porn-related things too much--What to do about it.

    I don't think that trying to reduce the time spent on the computer is going to do anything.

    That's like trying to gradually reduce the amount of porn you watch.

    It doesn't work.

    I believe you have to quit, REALLY QUIT, the computer, in the same way we are all quitting porn.

    Just check your email/facebook once in the morning and once in the night.

    If you need your computer to work or do homework, then use it ONLY FOR THAT, and turn it off as soon as you're done.

    The idea is to quit the computer as an entertainment tool.

    Replace it with healthier entertainment activities like socializing, playing a sport, playing an instrument, etc.

    I'm fed up with it. I'm much more addicted to internet than I ever thought I was. I can't fucking stay away from the screen. It's like my ass is glued to the chair.

    I'm quitting this shit starting NOW.
  10. TheUnderdog

    TheUnderdog Active Member Staff Member

    Re: Using the internet for non-porn-related things too much--What to do about it.

    No fucking way.

    No, just no.

    Fuck that shit.

    I use my phone to make calls and send/receive text messages and that's it.

    By the way, I changed the title of this thread. Hope you don't mind.
  11. Psychosis

    Psychosis Guest

    It's cool man, you're the boss.
  12. WeekbyWeek

    WeekbyWeek Guest

    I've had a rule of "only before noon, and after 7pm" for months now. It worked really well.
  13. TheUnderdog

    TheUnderdog Active Member Staff Member

    I'm going to try that rule and see how it goes.
  14. Journey to Freedom

    Journey to Freedom Vincere est Vivere

    Holy fucking shit WeekbyWeek, that's one of the most useful pieces of advice I've come across in regards to defeating this addiction.

    Did you hear of that rule from somewhere or did you come up with it by yourself? It's brilliant.

    Nice name by the way
  15. rcfergie5

    rcfergie5 Guest

    I'm also going to start using that rule tomorrow. Obviously, I'm online and it's past noon and before 6:00 PM haha :p
  16. Stopper

    Stopper IT'S OVER!!!

    Good advice, I appreciate it.
  17. rcfergie5

    rcfergie5 Guest

    Yes, a brilliant rule I'm going to use
  18. WeekbyWeek

    WeekbyWeek Guest

    Thanks man, we're all in it together eh. I wish I could cite a source. Earlier in the year I burned through dozens of annoying "10 ways to" type articles, on how to save time, have more energy, stuff like that. YBOP smashed those articles out of the park! Hope it helps you guys as much as it helps me. I'm glad to be where I'm at now, but as you guys well know, it's hard to break habits. Just Sundays, before 12 and after 7 for me now. See y'all next week lolol.
  19. Denial

    Denial Guest

    I personally don't think internet use is necessarily an 'addiction' and doesn't necessarily have to be avoided. Yes it has the potential to make it's users addicted to it by porn, video-games and constant novelty, but it has also beneficial sides.
    One could, for example learn a lot by using the internet thanks to websites like Wikipedia. I mean, everyone on this forum has learned a lot about the psychology of addiction thanks to It's life changing information for many people. Learning about how addiction works in the brain protects you not only from porn addiction, but also every other kind of addiction (junk food, smoking, drugs, gaming, etc.)

    To make a long story short: In my opinion the internet has many positive sides and many negative/dangerous sides. Instead of avoiding the internet completely, one should learn to use its positives (education, personal growth, important contacts, idea sharing, creativity, inspiration, social support, etc.) and learn to avoid its negatives (porn, gaming, useless brain stimulation and time loss).
    Besides that of course it's important not only WHAT you do but also HOW you do it. Learning things on educational websites is a good thing, but 18 hours a day wouldn't make it that much of a good thing anymore.

    Another thing I wanted to say is that I think it would be close to impossible to stop using internet completely, and that's mainly because of its many positives. For example, nowadays almost every university uses its positives to give video lectures, have fast contact between students and teachers, etc.
  20. TheUnderdog

    TheUnderdog Active Member Staff Member

    Browsing the internet is an addiction as well, not just porn or video games.

    I'm addicted to jumping from one website to another and then back to the first website. I repeat this cycle dozens of times a day.

    It's very difficult for me to get up and turn off my computer. My mind doesn't know what to do when it isn't in front of the screen. It gets anxious and bored easily.

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