Re: Please help cure me of my addiction
I read about 3/4 the posts and then skipped the rest...
...I basically was at the point, several months ago, where I was keeping up with almost every single active thread. I was spending several hours a day here. That's when I knew I had to stop. I basically went cold turkey.
It is addicting, to the nay-sayers; it was, for me, an obsessive thing to read and answer it all. This forum has a lot of good to it, and can be of some benefit, but honestly I don't like the effect it has on me in large doses. My life philosophy is quite different from that which is celebrated here, and I find that this forum tends to darken my outlook on life--I have enough trouble fighting my own sources of depression. I don't need to have the idea that I am a misunderstood, outcast, superhuman segment of society quietly reinforced.
But really, (while I've only spoken of it's negative I hold that there is much good here), the biggest issue is that typing on this forum is not living life. It's a safe, artificial substitute for real life interaction. It's very comfortable for INTPs, in that way. But I have more important things to devote my time to.
Eudamonia... the issues, I think, are self-control and time management, things I do very poorly by nature and explicitly have been working a great deal on for the past several months. The lack of these has really put me far behind where I could be in life, and I'm devoted to getting them down... but until I do, I just have to cold-turkey some things and be over-legalistic, just to make myself function at all in an organized fashion. I don't know if it's an issue for you also, but something like 2 hours a day sounds like it might be wise if you can hold to that. I'd go for 2 hours online time at all, really, and actually have been thinking of enforcing that on myself recently also, but... to each their own. You know what's best, if you're being honest with yourself.
Good luck to all of us!
"Knowledge says: Everything in Moderation. Even Moderation." -ZeFrank