Jobs that don't involve sitting at a desk all day with Internet access

Discussion in 'Internet Addiction' started by wrong rewards, Feb 6, 2013.

  1. wrong rewards

    wrong rewards Member

    When I look back at my life I can see I've been happiest at times in my life when I didn't have PC access.

    My Internet addiction is so chronic I don't see how I could do a job where I need to sit behind a desk and get on with work, with the Internet tempting me.

    The misery of most jobs would just make me want to retreat into OCD web surfing.

    Friends say "But surely if you actually had a job, you would just get on with the work you had to do?"

    The answer I am sure is no, I wouldn't be able to. My attention is so completely shot. I can remember plenty of times when I was younger, temping in corporate environments, and on internships, that I would spend any moment I could surfing the Internet. I didn't care about corporate firewalls or if my usage was being logged.

    Now, one answer is that I need to learn how to overcome these cravings. I have read and thought highly of an eBook 'Web Rehab' which aims to help you learn how to normalize your Internet usage and overcome OCD surfing.

    But what if I want to reject a life of sitting in front of a PC all day? What if that is in itself a pretty unhappy way to spend a life, and I decide that I want to be engaging with people in real life instead?

    I guess you could say that unfortunately if you want to earn a decent salary, you need to be doing a desk job. Or you need significant capital to set up your own company. Also desk jobs in offices are actually quite social, where your fellow workers are from similar backgrounds. What made my past experiences particularly bad were the years I spent working from home, where I really did have nobody to talk to, and retreated into my addictions.

    I feel like I'm too old and my resume is too scatty for me to be able to get onto a desk-job career path. My education is top tier, but that's a long time ago now, and I would be competing against scores of fresh-faced graduates without my problems.

    I live in a big city, so maybe it wouldn't be impossible for me to find a job that didn't involve the Internet. I don't want to be a teacher or work in a bar or a restaurant. I can't see myself training as a plumber or electrician. I don't have a driving license. I'm not sure if anyone would hire me to be a shop assistant.

    Hmmm, what's left?

    Has anyone else here considered looking for work that doesn't involve Internet access?
     
  2. CitizenErased

    CitizenErased Age:21

    i imagine there would be quite a few profe that you don't sit in front of a PC all day,

    Barman.
    Salesman at a store.
    Construction.
    Agriculture.
    Park Ranger.
    Caregiver at an old age home.
    Emergency services
    Hairdresser/barber
    Gym
    Postman
    Driver
    teacher


    there's probably loads.

    i completely agree with what you say, i don't think i could hack sitting in front of a screen all day, my dad does that and he has a terrible back always aching.

    as for me i'm looking for hairdressing apprenticeships, many perks for being a hairdresser nom sayin'? ;)
     
  3. RoadToReality

    RoadToReality New Member

    Pornstar? :)
     
  4. CitizenErased

    CitizenErased Age:21

    zing!
     
  5. wrong rewards

    wrong rewards Member

    Pool cleaner or pizza delivery guy seem like pretty good jobs, according to porn. You get seduced by sizzling hot women pretty much all the time...
     
  6. imadethisforyou

    imadethisforyou Every shot not taken is a shot missed

    Penguinologist
     
  7. zvzv

    zvzv Who dares, wins.

    I am in the same situation as the OP. I'm 26, and I've spent the last decade alone, in front of a screen. Now I want a job that's outdoors, skilled, and isn't at all customer-service related —— I want to spend my time working with my hands in the open air, not placating unhappy customers.

    I've started telling people I'm looking for a job that "cannot be done from a wheelchair," but I think that might be offensive.

    I've been applying to field technician / light construction jobs but no hits. Not sure if I should go to a technical school.

    Anyway, I feel ya.
     
  8. wrong rewards

    wrong rewards Member

    Here's the answer!:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mL7n5mEmXJo
     
  9. stretcher

    stretcher New Member

    "The answer I am sure is no, I wouldn't be able to. My attention is so completely shot. I can remember plenty of times when I was younger, temping in corporate environments, and on internships, that I would spend any moment I could surfing the Internet. I didn't care about corporate firewalls or if my usage was being logged."


    Jesus Christ, you just described my life. I'm 39 years old and I've worked in offices for the last 14 years and would you believe it, I have absolutely no idea how to do spreadsheets, power point, or word perfect, because in all my time doing office temp jobs, I never did anything but surf the net. The only times I was ever productive at any job were for tasks that required me to do things away from the computer, like stuffing envelopes.
     

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