Saturday, January 3, 2009

Are you a Web-a-Holic?

With the many forms of addiction available in the world today, one has to be careful at what you eat or drink or otherwise take in, because you might well form an addiction.

I come from a home where alcoholic addiction was prime. Drugs we used, and everybody was a smoker.

We frown at Chemical dependencies and call it a sickness. But many are addicted, I use this term loosely, to something.

What about your love for Coca-cola or Pepsi. What about all that coffee or tea you drink. Is it an addiction when you continually think about it if you have not had it in a while.

With the rise of the internet a whole new form of addiction a has surfaced. With free and easy access to porn sites, porn addiction is a real life concern.

But with the rise of social networks like Facebook, Twitter, Plurk, MySpace, etc. The internet has become the addiction.

People spend hour and hours checking their social networks, e-mails, etc. If you haven't got an e-mail within the hour, or you haven't checked your wall on Facebook, you get the jitters.

I am not a big social network fan, but certainly I might be a candidate for a web-a-holic. When my ADSL line when down and I ran out of bandwidth the other day, I did not know what to do with myself.

I paced up and down waiting for the internet to come back on line. When my website was down for server maintenance, I was lost.

Just this Christmas season I found that I had a pain in my right hand, near the thumb knuckle. I soon realised that it was a "repetitive strain injury". Picked up as a result of being on the computer for more than 12 hours a day, using the mouse with my right hand.

Am I addicted to the internet? I very well might be. What about you? I would be interested to hear you thoughts or experiences. Drop us a comment.