Help me get over my decade-long addiction to the Internet.
May 13, 2012 6:55 AM Subscribe
I've been addicted to the Internet for a decade now and every aspect of my life has been affected. Help me rejoin society, get past this, learn time management skills, develop a work ethic, and piece my life back together.
posted by anonymous to Computers & Internet (18 answers total) 66 users marked this as a favorite
My addiction to the Internet typically eats up 10-18 hours per day and I generally have no time left to complete homework, study for tests, write papers, and get out of bed. To be clear, the addiction is still a problem even after being in therapy for two years and taking (a lot) of medication for my ADD and depression.
I've always been something of a dreamer and an escapist due to an unfortunate family life; the historical novels of my adolescence became the never ending scientific journal articles of my adulthood. Despite coasting through grade school with minimal effort, I've found college challenging because I lack the self-discipline to wean myself off my laptop and the Internet to study for even thirty minutes a day. Even when the material is easy and I know I can bust out a paper in 6-7 hours, I always choose to spend more time surfing the web and reading random articles.
That said, my questions for y'all are:
1. What is the best way to break my addiction to laptop and the Internet when I need to write papers, to print assignments, and to do projects on a regular basis? Going cold turkey would mean that I'd be unable to finish the huge mountain of work I've needed to slog through for years but continually procrastinate to read random articles.
2. How can I hold myself accountable for the time I spend at a computer and on the internet? Please keep in mind that I have NO concept of time, never follow through on the elaborate to-do lists I make for myself on Google Calendar, ZERO self-discipline, and no friends/family to help me out.
3. How can I stick to a regular sleep schedule and start exercising, developing relationships with my peers and family, and starting to integrate myself into the "normal," offline world after spending my youth staring at a white screen? Is there any hope for me?
4) How can I develop a work ethic after doing what I please and reading what I like for so many years? I recently decided that I wanted to become a lawyer and have found the shift from reading books online to actual hardcovers quite difficult. I want to get back on track!