I’ve just read about a young chap who spends eight to 10 hours a day on line. Part of that is writing for an on line movie magazine, browsing Facebook where he has 800 friends and surfing the net for an overwhelming amount of information.
“I don’t have a girl friend because I spend too much time on the net.”
Another cyberspacer says many people have jobs where they can spend much time on line and as soon as they get home they go on full time.
One Montreal researcher is concerned about the potential for cyberspace addiction. He and his associates want to interview people who are worried about about a loved one’s excessive internet use. (514-389-6336) Apparently studies have shown that about six per cent of Internet users are addicted.
The definition of cyberspace addiction also included offline acttivities such as excessive video-game playing. Warning signs include withdrawal symptoms, loss of personal relationships and unsuccessful attempts to cut down.
So how much time do I spend on the Net? I”ve never timed it but it includes reading and posting on my blog, reading and commenting on other blogs, reading newspapers (New York Times, London Independent, Huffington Report) googling information. My rough guess is that this mounts up to about three hours a day.
An addict? I don’t think so. An enthusiast. Indeed.
Do you know anyone addicted to the Net?
About how much time do you spend on the Net? Doing what?