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Lima Bean
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posted 03 July 2003 12:52 PM      Profile for Lima Bean   Author's Homepage        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Is it possible that the internet is just as addictive as the TV?

I've been mostly avoiding TV for a couple of years, with more success at some times than others. I avoid it largely because once I start watching, I'm quite likely to just keep watching--it's a major catalyst for procrastination of the highest order.

But I've developed a strategy to deal with TV: moderate abstinence.

With the internet, I have less resistance. Especially while at work, I often distract myself with a quick check in on babble, read my emails, check the newspapers, and whatever other e-dawdling I can come up with, and then whammo!! I've spent half an hour (or more) doing nothing. And it's incredibly easy to "wander off" on the information highway like this, because I'm always working on the computer anyways...It can't be good...

Can anyone out there relate? Is it just me and my compulsive tendencies, or does it happen to you too?


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Mr. Magoo
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posted 03 July 2003 01:09 PM      Profile for Mr. Magoo   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Sure. When you're hardwired to the web all day it's kind of inevitable.

And to be sure, much of it takes the form of procrastination rather than purpose, but if it makes you feel any better, killing time on the web can be (and should be) an active, participatory thing, but television will always be passive.


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worker_drone
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posted 03 July 2003 02:18 PM      Profile for worker_drone        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
killing time on the web can be (and should be) an active, participatory thing, but television will always be passive

You've never seen my Grandma watching "The Price is Right"....nothing passive going on there

I think the internet is more addictive than television, precisely because it's more active and participatory.


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Lima Bean
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posted 03 July 2003 02:35 PM      Profile for Lima Bean   Author's Homepage        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I'm starting to agree with leftylicious, I think. Especially when it comes to sites where you can post stuff, or have some effect on the content or something. Those are the sites (like babble) that I check many times a day. Just to see if it's changed, or what people are saying or doing...

The internet has slightly less brainwashing capabiltiy than TV does, though, because you have a little more control or maybe just more choice over what to consume. Most of the time...


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