Confessions Of A Computer Addict

Posted by Ian Douglas on Aug 9, 2010 in About Me |

Imagine the scene:

I wake up in the morning feeling absolutely tired out.  I try and roll over but the damp, sweaty sheets stick to my skin.  I slowly struggle out of bed and wobble my way to the bathroom where I open my tired bloodshot eyes and look in the mirror.  “Yuk!” I say when my eyes start working and I see myself, my wet, sweat soaked hair stuck to my face. “I am not addicted to computers!” I say to myself in a half-believing voice trying desperately to convince myself that it is true.

I have had a rough, sleepless, night.  One minute I was screaming like a madman, foaming at the mouth desperately struggling to get out of bed and reach for my laptop while my wife was tightly grabbing hold of my arms pulling my back with all her strength trying to keep me on the bed.  Then a few minutes later I was laying flat out on the bed my body stiff as a board but shaking like a leaf with my wife mopping the sweat from my forehead while I gripped her other hand tightly in fear as she softly spoke to me telling me that we were going to go through this together and that one day I will realize I can survive without desperately checking my emails every ten minutes…

It has been an exhausting night; but worth it.

My wife puts her head around the door.  “Don’t forget we are going out in half an hour” she says.

I quickly get dressed and go downstairs to find she has already made breakfast.

“I am so proud of you!” she says.

We finish breakfast and I suddenly start getting butterflies in my stomach and start shaking.

“Be strong.” she says as she gives me a cuddle.

We get in the car.  It is cold and raining.  The windows start misting up as she starts the engine and we start moving.  I feel like I am in a dream world.  My wife is speaking softly to me all through the journey but her words sound muffled as I look out of the smeary window.  We leave our neighborhood and start entering a rough area of town.  Office workers going for their early morning jog becomes replaced by out of work teenagers in hoodies grouped together on street corners.  Billboards advertising the latest electronic gadget become replaces by boarded up shops covered in graffiti. We pull into a car park in front of a large grey, faceless, concrete building and I suddenly realize my wife has stopped taking and has stopped the car.  She affectionately gives my hand a gentle squeeze and once again tells me to be strong and reassures me that she will stay by my side.

We get out of the car and I nervously walk towards the building, my legs shaking like jelly, my heart pounding in my chest and my brain feeling fuzzy like I am about to faint.

We go through the heavy door and walk up a flight of stairs which seem to last forever. As we reach the top my wife starts to lead me through a maze of dimly lit corridors until we arrive at a door with a glass window.  Suddenly I feel frightened.  “What on earth have I let myself in for?” I think to myself.  I feel as if my legs are going to collapse beneath me but my wife gives my hand another little affectionate squeeze as we enter the room.

I sit nervously on a hard plastic chair as I look around.  There is a young boy standing by the window who appears to be sending loads of text messages on his mobile phone… but it is obvious to me that he has got his web browser active and is desperately trying to find a wireless WiFi access point.  Opposite me a young woman is sitting beside her husband.  Her husband is cool and calm but she seems to be forever searching in her handbag for something.  Suddenly her husband notices what she is doing and snatches her bag away to reveal her clutching a tiny palmtop.  She bursts into tears as he takes the palmtop out of her hand and removes the batteries.  “Please, please let me log on to Farmville” she pleads.  “My hens need feeding and I have crops to harvest!”  “Please, please let me login” she says through her tears but her husband keeps hold of her batteries, gives her a cuddle and reassures her that he is doing it for her own good. “I know, I know” she sobs through her tears.

Suddenly a side door opens and a well dressed man enters the room. Everyone seems frozen in fear as he starts to speak.

“My name is John and I was once a computer addict like you” he says.  His voice seems to become muffled and fade as I sit nervously shaking wondering whatever I have let myself in for.  One by one the people around the room stand up and say a few words about themselves but my mind is so occupied I don’t hear a word.

Suddenly I feel my wife give my hand a gentle squeeze and I look up and realize the room has gone quiet and everyone is looking at me.  I realize it is my turn to speak so stand up on my wobbly legs, my body shaking like a leaf and my head feeling faint.

“I love you” my wife whispers. “Be strong!”

I clear my throat and find the courage to start speaking.

“My name is Ian” I say in a shaking quivering voice “And I am a computer addict”

Suddenly I feel an enormous weight has been lifted off my shoulder at having the courage to publicly admit it.

The rest of the morning flies past with talks by various people explaining how we are all to work as a team to help each other fight our addiction.  We are given telephone numbers of support workers we can contact and given a brief introduction about practical ways we can make small changes to our lifestyle to help fight our addiction.

When I entered the room of strangers I felt terrified but now, as I leave, I feel surrounded by friends and that I have been given a new start in life.

“I love you” my wife says “And I am going to be by your side as we go through this together” she reassures me as we leave.

I feel renewed as if I have started a new era in my life.  A new beginning has dawned.

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Hi Ian,

This is freaking scary but funny my friend. I do have my share of the addiction you wrote here and only manage to stop when my body simply couldn’t take it anymore.

To be honest, I suffered a serious burned out and found myself reluctant to turn on my PC at home. But I guessed I am just lucky that I did not take long to recover ( about 2-3 weeks I think), but nevertheless, that “attack” had caused a big delay and break the momentum that I had been building hard for my online quest.

Is really funny how Technology can work the other way round, instead of helping us to have a better life, it created a new breed of useless stress that won’t kill us instantly, but kill our real value and fun in life.

Now, I remind myself with what I had wrote before….

After all, is HUMAN that gets the technology going and not the other way round, right?

P/S: If what you share above is true, it will be a new potential market created for the psychiatrist. :)

Cheers
Jason Ser

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Ian Reply:

Hi Jason,

I must admit that I originally quickly wrote the above blog post based on a dream I had during the night. HOWEVER, worryingly, since publishing it a couple of people very close to me have sent me messages admiring my honesty and saying how pleased they are that I could write about my experience. OMG! Did it really happen to me? Has my ability to distinguish between dreams and reality become blurred? I am now left confused and bewildered and am unsure what is reality any more!

Ian.

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Mandy Allen
Aug 10, 2010 at 10:25 am

Hi Ian, this is sooo funny, but as Jason says, so TRUE! The Farmville bit made me hoot – I find I am have moved on to Frontierville now! God, is this really me too??

Enjoy the journey.

Mandy
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Ian Reply:

Hi Mandy,

Yes, I too thought the story was funny at the time I wrote it… but the comments by others close to me who sincerely believe I was writing about something which I have actually gone through is now starting to worry me. OMG… Perhaps they can see things that I can’t.

Ian.

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Barry@The Newbies Guide
Aug 10, 2010 at 5:07 pm

Hi Ian, many a true word said in jest.

You had me reading and nodding in places. I guess i’m spending to much time on it myself, but not feeding the animals ha ha.

I normally have Sundays off and spend it with the family, but since the 100 blog comment challenge has started I’ve been extra busy.

I’ll take a short break soon and see if i can resist checking my emails……..that’s a challenge on its own.

Best of luck Ian, Barry

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Ian Reply:

Hi Barry,

Glad my post made you chuckle. Thanks for taking the time to visit my little blog.

Yes, the 100 Comment Challenge is turning into a really fun way to meet new friends.

All the best,
Ian

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Hi Ian,

Very Funny post :)
You made me remember the scowling looks I get when Rachel and I are out for the evening chatting to friends or having a meal,… and out come my iphone (just a quick check on emails to see if there any support ones…..)
Amazing how taking out a phone can send some people into a bad mood…hehe

They just don’t seem to realize that the net isn’t like a normal shop… we’re more like a 24hour shopping center…lol

OH – and have fun with the 100 blog challenge ;)

Randy
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Terry Conti
Aug 10, 2010 at 7:03 pm

Hi Ian, I’m glad you found a new beginning for your self. I am not a computer addict. Problem? what Problem? All the best to you Ian, Terry :)
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Terry Conti Reply:

I just go on my computer. I do not have a computer problem. What problem? T.
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Cheryl@backlinks
Aug 10, 2010 at 9:41 pm

Maybe we’re all a little guilty of being overly attached to our computers. A recent crash of my laptop left me feeling cast adrift. For a few days, I seriously didn’t know what to do with myself. No twitter, no facebook, no blogging, no (thankfully) email. I kissed my new laptop when I first turned it on :)
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Ian Reply:

Hi Cheryl,

Nothing wrong with giving your laptop a kiss and cuddle now and again. I am always talking to mine as I type letting it know it’s loved and appreciated. I am sure it help keeps it healthy and running smoothly.

Ian.

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Donna Morrow Reply:

Love it! “Kiss Kiss, puter sugar honey baby. Momma wuvs oo, sweetie!” LOLOL!!!! That was great, Cheryl!

Donna Morrow

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Graeme
Aug 10, 2010 at 9:52 pm

Hi Ian,

Nice work.

Information is the new heroin, computers are the dealers and the Internet a super-charged supply chain.

But I can give up any time I choose . . . No, really I can.

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Ian Reply:

Hi Graeme,

I can give up anytime too! I proved it to myself this morning. I managed a massive 6.2374 minutes between checking emails. Far, far, in excess of my normal 5 minutes and absolute proof that I am in total control!

Ian.

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LynnN@Online Auction Ideas
Aug 10, 2010 at 11:33 pm

Hi Ian

That post was a breath of fresh air, a bit of light entertainment is just what we all need as we take our last ‘fix’ of the day :-)

See you at the next Bloggers Anonymous meeting ;-)

Best Wishes
Lynn

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Ian Reply:

Hi Lynn,

Glad you enjoyed your fix. I see it’s your first comment on my blog. The first time is always free. Unfortunately John telling me about the 100 Comment Challenge was like someone offering a recovering alcoholic a double brandy!

Ian.

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Bryan McHeyzer@The Internet Intern
Aug 11, 2010 at 12:41 pm

Hi Ian,
Ever since I set my goal to start an internet based business the first thing i do is turn the beast on before I even have my first cup of coffee :-(….sad I know. As Cheryl mentioned when my computer decided to take a short break…I was lost, did not know what to do with my time.
Great post and quite believable.
Good to meet you here on thw challenge…
Cheers
Bryan
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Pete Carr-Blogging Genius
Aug 11, 2010 at 7:18 pm

Hi Ian.

This cracked me up.
My wife is in your post. She spends every spare minute on farmville. Laptop or Iphone.
Maybe I should take her to the big grey building.
Computers are addictive though. I sometimes log on for half an hour, 3 hours later still plugging away. Where does the time go.

Pete
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Steve King @ Weekend Golfers
Aug 11, 2010 at 8:16 pm

Hi Ian
Great post! I can relate to that completely, I spend around 100 hours a week with my various projects…all on the laptop, which is struggling to keep up, but it’s always driven by the thought that in a couple of years I’ll never have to work again :)

I got into IM to work less, but the truth is I love the whole scene, especially the communities we become attached to…I could probably do with a therapy class too…having someone to talk to about IM that actually understands it would be good :)

Welcome to the challenge!
Cheers
Steve

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John McNally
Aug 12, 2010 at 7:20 am

A well-written and amusing warning for us all Ian.

I also had a strange experience yesterday, I spent most of it working in the real world, and really enjoyed it. 8) I felt refreshed and invigorated. :-)

I was tired and needed a break after a 4am computer session. The problem and danger with computers, is that you can work on them at any time, 24 hours a day for the compulsive addict.

Good luck with the 100 comment challenge Ian.

John
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Lisa
Aug 16, 2010 at 1:47 pm

Hi Ian
That’s pretty funny! And now with smart phones, we can also be addicted while on the go!
I (thank God) never got into Farmville and if you see it on my FB page…it’s my daughter who is harvesting my crops! I have no idea how to even get there!! :)

All I know is, when I am out with the family, dinner or shopping, I hardly ever pull out the phone and find out what I think I am missing….I think we need to give the people we are with in the present moment the utmost attention and respect the time we have together!
I also hate when the kids think they need to text at the dinner table! That’s a BIG no-no in my house!

Take care!

Lisa~
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Deb@futures trading
Aug 19, 2010 at 9:54 pm

Hi Ian,

This is so funny! And sad, too. Yes, I am one of those addicted. I spend so much time on my laptop… If I am not working, I will be reading my forums, checking the news, checking my email, watching the various videos people keep sending me (either internet marketing stuff or other)… Luckily I am not on farmville.

The problem is I don’t even want to get off this addiction! I am probably beyond hope.
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igor Griffiths
Aug 20, 2010 at 2:05 am

Hi Ian

Your post really is not helping, I have just finished watching the film ‘Shutter Island’, if you have not seen it, the story is about the main character and his delusions. After it finished I head for bed and on my phone I get a confirmation of a Facebook friend request, funny I don’t remember making that request, my first thought is, god I hope I am not dreaming this!

Then your post compounds the confusion in my head!

Hopefully if this is really happening, I can relate to the pc addiction, I used to be hooked on mafia wars, being in the UK, I could take out another family member whilst they were still in bed and unable to defend themselves, 6am and late for work because I was carrying out a hit, meant I had to get a grip and delete the game. Football manager pretty much went the same way!

So I do not play games anymore….nurse…time for my medication.

igor, hopefully.

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Hi Ian,
wow..funny and true! There really is a whole new set of addictions being born out of the Internet isn’t there?
Any of us that have been online for a while most likely have not escaped this feeling.
I guess its just about us gaining control…so that we can enjoy it without being addicted to it.

Not sure what the answer is really…probably different for everyone but its an addiction that will most likely have to be addressed by many people. Of particular interest are those that get addicted to Farmville…or the likes. It nearly happened to me and I firmly put Farmville into hiding on Facebook before it got the better of me!
Thanks for the great reminders!
Kathy
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Fran T
Aug 21, 2010 at 6:33 am

Hi, Ian,
So true. So true. I had to laugh out loud while I was reading your post.
I don’t play any of the games. I spend a lot of time on the computer without getting hooked on sending fortune cookies, farmville, treasure island, etc!
Thanks for sharing,
Fran T
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Craig
Aug 21, 2010 at 7:26 am

Hi Ian,

This was hilarious, I thought It was in the next best novel and could not put it down. Could you please tell me the address of the class so I can attend next week.

Since I have started this 100 blog comment challenge my laptop has become my right arm.

Thanks for sharing

“My Name Is Craig And I Am…………A Computer Addict”
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Darren L Carter
Aug 21, 2010 at 8:54 pm

Hey Ian,

Really well-written story.

I understand exactly how you feel too.

Thanks for sharing this with us.

Peace,
Darren L Carter
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Stuart Turnbull
Aug 22, 2010 at 12:20 am

Hey Ian!

A very well told story and not without a grain of truth!

It is well past midnight now but I just have to comment on a few more blogs………
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Carstarphen
Aug 22, 2010 at 6:59 pm

Hey Ian,
Don’t feel bad. I think I am addicted to this internet marketing stuff too. Anybody who leaves 100 blog comments in 30 days can be classified as somewhat of an addict:P
J
The Cartoon Coach
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Daniel Sumner
Aug 24, 2010 at 4:29 pm

Guilty as charged Ian!

what a great story which I can really relate too. My wife thinks my iPhone is an extension of my arm and swears she is going to flush it down the toilet one day to make me stop using it.

Email, Zombi Farm, Blog, Browser where will it end. Never!

I think I need a holiday on a remote island with nothing but a pub.

Great story Ian thanks.
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Andreas Spyrou
Aug 25, 2010 at 6:24 pm

Hi Ian,

The bad think with computers is that we can do almost everything we the computer and find anything we want on the internet. And it is getting worse every time! We have a computer everywhere so we are always get online with every opportunity “I will just check this on the internet for 5 minutes”.. 5 minutes can become 10+ hours if you cant control your self…!!!

I am not playing any games on the computer or onine. I am not addicted to the computers. I am just WORKAHOLIC with my internet marketing business! ;) Or is it just an excuse to be more time on the computer and online? :) Well “normal people” would never join the “100 blog comments challenge”. :-P Although its another way to grow our business personally it took me a lot of time on the computer reading and trying to write a good comment.

Well I noticed that I spent more time online every time, because of the growth of my business. We all started internet marketing so that we can make money and have more time. Right? Unfortunately as the business grows you can become addicted and a slave of a computer and your internet business. I will spend more time with my family once I hit $1.000. When you finally hit that you spend more time in your business to hit your $5.000/month goal etc. You will never be less online or on the computer EVEN if you are making $50.000/month!! I think all marketers have to take help from an expert or else we CANT control our selves! HELP!!

OK I have to go OFF the computer now. I think I am addicted to the “100 blog comments challenge”..! :)

Take care,
Andreas
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Ian, I love it, I love it! Such an entertaining post. It certainly made me chuckle because I feel that I am one too. Do you think it’s sad that when we are out somewhere I often think that I would rather be at home working on my computer?

People who ask me what I do all day have no conception of what there is to do if you are trying to run a business on the internet. I guess outsourcing is the answer but then I would still find things to do. I know it!

Sandy
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HAHAHAHA!
The day it goes this far is the day we all should through computers out and become amish.
Great story :D
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Mike Calmot
Aug 26, 2010 at 1:26 pm

Hi Ian
How and where do I join up?…
I was ok until I had a deadline to post 100 posts :)
Nice job and very funny and well, accurate!
Best wishes
Mike
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Martyn Boaden
Aug 26, 2010 at 1:30 pm

Great post Ian. Very amusing and very true. Fortunately I don’t use my computer for leisure – only for working on my internet marketing online business – so when I’m not working I’m not at my computer. Unfortunately, I’d happily work all day and all night if I could!

I’ve posted a link to this page on identi.ca for you (makes a change from Twitter!)
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My brother has this kind of problem before but he used this technique Shut down the computer either manually or with a scheduled task (the computer shuts itself down at a particular time). To shut down using a scheduled task, first make sure you are using an administrator account, then go to Start>Control Panel>Performance and Maintenance>Scheduled tasks. From here create a new scheduled task (File>New>Scheduled Task), name it ‘Shutdown’. Now, open the new task and press browse to find the shutdown.exe file. It should be located in C:\Windows\System32. In the ‘Start In’ box put C:\WINDOWS\System32. Finally, in the schedule tab, change your preferences to when you want the computer to shut down. If the computer is at that time then it will shut down, therefore warning or stopping your child from playing games. Hoping that it helps to all
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Steve@bookmarking
Aug 27, 2010 at 8:29 am

Hi Ian, I definitely second Stewart’s emotion, a grain of truth, no doubt. It’s the master/slave syndrome. Which am I today? I do feel much the same as you in that as long as I enjoy the whole internet experience and make some marked progress everyday, I’m doing alright. I’ve learned to stop opening emails for days at a time and gladly so because I’d really rather be uploading something that’ll build my business instead of always downloading someone else’s business. It’s an excellent article Ian, and it stirred up some great comments. Be well, Steve D.

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It is quite real and scary.

Sometimes we thought we can handle internet world but it’s not easy to resist though, when we turn on our laptop, it usually takes hours to stop. Your story is an extreme example but I believe the scenario could be very true to some people.LOL. Take me as an example, after I got off from work I usually turn on my laptop and go shopping around or go forums for like hours, the situation get even worse as now I am in 100 comment challenge,haha.. I couldn’t bring myself to off the PC if I didn’t reply all comments in time. I know my body is tired and my bed is just few steps in front of me, but I couldn’t control my fingers and my mind. Guess I better stop and rest for a while before I become the Real Life version of your story

Thanks for your story.
Connie

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Brian Alcock
Aug 27, 2010 at 5:55 pm

Hi Ian,

Very funny post but scary at the same time.

As many have said before me we can all see some of us in this and I know I had to have my laptop locked away at home when I went on holiday recently. I still managed to sneak away to check my emails when no one was looking…how sad am I?

Enjoyed meeting you on the challenge Ian.

Regards,

Brian
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Steve@stevetroutman.com/blog
Aug 28, 2010 at 1:45 pm

Hi Ian,

Funny post, but in reality in some cases, it’s true. When my older son graduated from high school all he wanted to do was to stay in his room and play world of war craft. He said he was trying to get to the top of the server and when he had accomplished the feat he would slack off. Well, it took a year to get to the top. I know I should have been more forceful and unplugged the computer or cut him off, but I didn’t. Yes computers can become addictive. Whenever you put your total self into something and forget other people, become obsessed. That is an addiction.

Thanks for the post. Good luck in the challenge.

Take Care,
Steve
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Amy Steelman-Prueter
Aug 28, 2010 at 7:03 pm

I guess we all can be too attached to our computers. I have to take time and just say quit for the day because right now my life is very busy as with this blog challenge, I just created my ebook, and launching my own team building company called financial wealth builders.
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Sally
Aug 28, 2010 at 8:48 pm

Hi Ian

Message received loud and clear here!

I love the way your write, it’s just so descriptive and painted a very real picture inside my head.

Your writing talents will be wasted if you limit them to this blog.

Sally :)
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Alex@first100items
Aug 28, 2010 at 11:01 pm

Hi Ian
I loved the tale. You could go places with that talent. I’m not really spending Saturday catching up on my 100 blog challenge and getting absorbed in each blog I come to. 4pm? What happened to noon? …and lunch? Almost dinner time.
Thanks
Alex

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Abizer @ internet marketing
Aug 29, 2010 at 2:15 pm

Hi Ian

Funny post, but true to quite an extent. Atleast I could definitely relate myself to the events above.

For example – I need to check my emails every now and then. I think of work, internet marketing and currently going on 100 blog comment challenge and sit up late in the night, sometimes till early morning. My wife keeps saying to me to shut the laptop off and just go to bed …

It might be a dream, but many of us, definitely me, am suffering from this addiction and don’t even realise … while reading the post I chuckled and said, yeah I do this as well … :-)

Sometime I feel that man created technology to help human race, not get dependant and driven by technology …

Nice post and happy realisation for me!

Cheers!
Abizer

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Rob Corrigan
Aug 29, 2010 at 4:21 pm

Hi Ian, I can completely relate to this, I found out a few weeks ago that the pains in my right hand and arm was RSI due to too many hours on my laptop, so have been trying to ween myself off my dependancy this few weeks to let it recover. So way behind with the 100 blog challenge.

Thanks for the humourous take on this!
Cheers
Rob
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Michelle
Aug 29, 2010 at 8:20 pm

Hi Ian,

My god have you ever thought of writing a thriller, you had me transfixed.

The computer addicts nightmare by Ian Douglas I can see it now a No1 best seller.

So scary but so true we’re all addicted to varying degrees

Enjoy the challenge
Michelle

P.S Love the blog

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John Edler
Aug 30, 2010 at 1:40 pm

Hi Ian,

Why are we commenting? Surely with your addiction controlled, you won’t be reading this LOL

Great post, very enjoyable insight.

John
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Jacinta Dean
Aug 30, 2010 at 3:01 pm

Hi Ian,

How funny! I have just giggled all the way through your story and the comments! How funny and yet how true. I am sure very soon there will be a 12 step program for ‘Computer Addicts Anonymous’ of which I am sure my hubby will enroll me!

Since this little challenge was created. A big Oops on my part! Hubby thinks I am completely addicted to the computer. He told me the other day my fingers were glued to the keyboard!

I have giggled reading the comments as most of us are in the same boat from a challenge I created from a bimbo comment I made in a forum!

How funny!

I agree with Sally and Michelle. You are one talented writer!

I hope the challenge has been enjoyable. I am finally getting around to everyone’s blogs I have a few more to go. It is up to the contributors now as to how everyone succeeds. I do hope that everyone does get around to everyone’s blogs.

See you back here soon! :cool:

Cheers

Jacinta :D
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Rick Byrd
Aug 30, 2010 at 3:37 pm

Ian:

Awesome story! You had me on the edge of my seat the entire time. I also chuckled through the entire story thinking this could be me.

This is the first time I have come to your blog. I look forward to reading more of your posts!

I got into the 100 Comment Challenge late and have been busy trying to play catch every since. I had no idea the time and energy I have needed to complete this task.

Good luck to you!

- Rick
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Mike Fleming
Aug 30, 2010 at 9:04 pm

Hi Ian,
Just stopped in to say Hi while making my way around to all the blogs that I still have to get to so I can get a comment on them.
Enjoy the Challenge.
Mike

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Dawn Kay
Aug 30, 2010 at 10:51 pm

Hi Ian

You had me in stitches and is so so true. I don’t know what I’d do without my computer and my family already think I’m addicted too it.

Great post and it was good to meet you

Regards

Dawn Kay
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Thu Nguyen@BloggingFor
Aug 31, 2010 at 10:11 am

Hi Ian,

You can go for writing stories. I definitely read it to the last word and is there a part 2? :) Thank you for sharing with us your confession. I too share some addictive habits with the computer but being surround by it day in and day out, I’m now numb to it and don’t see it as a bother anymore. I love the story though.

Thanks!
Thu
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Computer-holics anonymous :-) I think it would take off with the young people around my area.
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Gwen Tanner@Product Creation Blog
Aug 31, 2010 at 10:44 pm

Hi Ian,

At first I thought it was a joke, then I saw comments congratulating you on admitting and sharing your addiction, then I find out it was a dream! LOL That’s great writing – and I can even recognize some of the dream symptoms!

Glad to meet you on the last day of the comment challenge :)
Gwen
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ElizOF
Sep 1, 2010 at 12:09 am

Hi Ian,
You are not alone… whether in a dream or real state. Discovering all the social networking sites and blogging has meant that I do spend huge amounts of time online… then there is life and family all competing for our attention.
It is not easy my dear blogging friend. I have had to shut the door on a few sites simply because it is just not possible to be everywhere… meanwhile, i must finish this challenge. Cheerio!
Stopped by on my 11th hour visit for the 100 comment challenge.
Best,
Elizabeth
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@nutritional cleanse
Sep 2, 2010 at 1:56 am

Hi Ian

I think any of us who are here leaving comments if honest, would have to admit to be computer addicts. My hand is up :) The one problem I find is that there are just not enough hours in the day to enjoy my lifestyle and do some ‘work’
Best wishes
Anne

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eamon@affiliate internet marketing
Sep 2, 2010 at 5:57 pm

Hi Ian
I hav’nt reached your stage yet but I have had some weird dreams in the past few weeks.
No sweating or withdrawl symptoms yet. Just lack of sleep mainly.
I suppose in the next round of evolution we wont have to worry about any of this. We’ll all come hard wired for blogging etc.
All the best with the challenge.
Eamon

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Tom Harvey @ Tom-Harvey.com
Sep 3, 2010 at 12:03 am

Ian

Great post – really resonates with a number of us im sure!! Its amazing how much time I find I spend on the computer (and how many hours I waste!!) and not of all it can be deemed as productive but still so hard to resist!! I find the key is taking complete days out every now and again (Saturdays usually) to refresh the batteries…. All the best, Tom

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Bill Murney
Sep 5, 2010 at 6:09 pm

Hi Ian

Wonderful, amusing post and so very true – I am a fully paid up member of Onlineholics and often attend the local weekly therapy sessions, unfortunately with no positive results.

My wife burst into laughter a few days ago when she found me in the buff, sat at the computer even before taking a shower. I have to admit I am hooked and the consultant has classed me as a terminal case.

My hosting has been down for 36 hours and it’s driving me to drink – thank goodness!

Keep them coming, I love humour.

Regards

Bill

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