Please help me lose 1 internets
March 26, 2011 9:04 AM Subscribe
Compulsive web-browsing completely dominates my life. How do I physically stop myself from using the internet?
posted by anonymous to computers & internet (27 answers total) 64 users marked this as a favorite
I'm posting this anonymously because it's kind of pathetic and childish and I feel like people might not take this seriously or poke fun at it.
Anyway, I'm addicted to web-browsing: checking e-mail, news sites, MetaFilter, message boards, anything with information. I mean badly, compulsively addicted, like some people are to eating bad foods or gambling. It is without a doubt what consumes the majority of my time and what has consumed it for years now.
In the long-term, I want to make it so that I do not have to use a computer all day so I can stop this. I will switch careers if I have to. I may even try cognitive therapy. That's how serious this is for me. It's the one major change I wish I could effect in my life.
SHORT-TERM, however, I *have* to work on my home computer to do this job for at least the next few months. The other trick is, at least every few days, I will also *have* to have internet access to transfer large files from this computer. So I can't permanently disable it, just turn it off long enough to stop the backslide into compulsion.
Here is how I tried to solve the situation so far.
(1) Unplugged modem, locked it in mailbox outside my house. I feel like this physical distance and time it takes to re-set up would prevent the "oh let's just check one more site" impulse that leads to ENTIRE DAYS, sometimes MULTIPLE DAYS IN A ROW, of internet use without getting any work done. I did this, and it worked, however....
(2) My iMac has a stupid WiFi card inside it, and my neighbor has an open network that I'm using right now. Argh! This is too easy for my addictive impulses to flare up, and indeed they have been. I'd remove the fucking WiFi card but you can't open the back of the iMac, or at least I'm not gonna try. Is there another way to physically impede the WiFi card?
(3) Maybe I should uninstall all web/internet programs and back them up on a hard drive? I think the process of re-installing would be enough for my conscious brain to say "okay, stop this now". But I could still do it when I needed the re-up for work.
(4) I wish there was a mouse that gave you an electric shock when you tried to open Firefox. Just throwing that out there.
TL;DR: I CANNOT STOP USING THE INTERNET AND RELY ON MY COMPUTER FOR WORK. HOW DO I PHYSICALLY CUT MYSELF OFF FROM THIS HORRIBLE TIME SINK?