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Hooked on the Internet
LA Times ^ | 12/26/10 | Katherine Ellison

Posted on 12/26/2010 11:20:52 AM PST by freespirited

In the time-honored tradition of Alcoholics Anonymous, I recently entrusted my fate to a higher power — specifically, to a new software program that shuts off my access to the Internet for a designated time.

I finally had to acknowledge that I was helpless in the face of my addiction, which has had me, especially in recent weeks, tapping my e-mail "refresh" button like a lab rat trying to get cocaine.

I know I'm not alone in my hardwired weakness for novelty. Yet while constantly seeking out new things was once a helpful instinct that alerted us to new foods, mates or danger, it's now a siren's call to being chronically overwhelmed. Even bestselling novelist Jonathan Franzen recently confessed to using superglue to block the Ethernet connection on his computer...

Today, I've got a virtual valet, courtesy of Fred Stutzman, who came up with the Internet-blocking program, called Freedom, as a graduate student, when he needed to finish his dissertation. For $10, you can tell it to shut off your portal to the outside world for up to eight hours...

Stutzman has since sold his program to more than 75,000 people, and gone on to design a new venture, called Anti-Social, which, for $15, shuts off your access to top time-wasting sites including Facebook, LinkedIn, Friendster, StumbleUpon and even EHarmony, DateHookup and OkCupid.

(Excerpt) Read more at latimes.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: freeping; internetaddiction
I dont need no software. I can stop anytime I want!!!
1 posted on 12/26/2010 11:20:54 AM PST by freespirited
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To: freespirited

Too bad Ellison had a relapse resulting in our having to read this crap.


2 posted on 12/26/2010 11:23:23 AM PST by old curmudgeon
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To: freespirited

No need for software....The FCC will do that for us.


3 posted on 12/26/2010 11:25:12 AM PST by Dallas59 (President Robert Gibbs 2009-2013)
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To: freespirited
I finally had to acknowledge that I was helpless in the face of my addiction, which has had me, especially in recent weeks, tapping my e-mail "refresh" button like a lab rat trying to get cocaine.

Or like a democ rat vying for attention.

4 posted on 12/26/2010 11:25:26 AM PST by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: freespirited

Save your dough. In no time at all the government will shut it off for you.


5 posted on 12/26/2010 11:27:58 AM PST by socal_parrot (I hate to say I told you so, but...)
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To: freespirited
Today, I've got a virtual valet, courtesy of Fred Stutzman, who came up with the Internet-blocking program, called Freedom, as a graduate student, when he needed to finish his dissertation.

Isn't that like having the bartender or local liquor store clerk tell you that you told him not to serve you after five drinks??????????????//

6 posted on 12/26/2010 11:32:56 AM PST by raybbr (Someone who invades another country is NOT an immigrant - illegal or otherwise.)
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To: freespirited

Katherine Ellison also has an ADHD child, and has written a book about her experiences as a mother. She first noticed she had a problem child when she realized she was screaming at him, at the top of her lungs, to shut up.

Anyone else see the beginnings of a pattern here?


7 posted on 12/26/2010 11:36:04 AM PST by Steely Tom (Obama goes on long after the thrill of Obama is gone)
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To: freespirited
Stutzman has since sold his program to more than 75,000 people, ....

Modern "Pet Rock."

P.T. Barnum was right.

8 posted on 12/26/2010 11:39:31 AM PST by anymouse (God didn't write this sitcom we call life, he's just the critic.)
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To: Steely Tom

Hmmm. I have an ADD child. I noticed he had problems when I couldn’t get him to stay focused.


9 posted on 12/26/2010 11:40:15 AM PST by HungarianGypsy
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To: freespirited
I dont need no software. I can stop anytime I want!!!

Absolutely! I can stop Freeping any time I...I...Oooooh - is that a JohnHuang2 thread? Perhaps a Troll-B-Q? ClickClickClickClickClickClickClickClickClickClickClickClickClickClickClick...

10 posted on 12/26/2010 11:53:37 AM PST by Caipirabob ( Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: Caipirabob

lol! :)


11 posted on 12/26/2010 11:56:25 AM PST by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis (Want to make $$$? It's easy! Use FR to pimp your blog!!!)
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To: freespirited

Why does the phrase “get a life” come to mind???


12 posted on 12/26/2010 12:04:49 PM PST by TheBattman (They exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature...)
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13 posted on 12/26/2010 12:06:42 PM PST by TheBattman (They exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature...)
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To: freespirited

The only way is to get into computer games, and bust your way through the additiction with endless hours of fun and exhaustion.


14 posted on 12/26/2010 12:17:35 PM PST by SgtHooper
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To: freespirited

Just when I think I spend too much time online, something like this comes along and shows me what a real problem is like.
I don’t have a Facebook, or a Twitter account. Check email once a day at most. I’m here when I feel like sitting down in a room where a computer is already on.
Yet in principle I agree, the internet is addictive and has its drawbacks aside from that.


15 posted on 12/26/2010 12:25:34 PM PST by 668 - Neighbor of the Beast (Happy New Year!)
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To: freespirited

I have to wonder: Is there an online support group for Internet Addicts? :=)


16 posted on 12/26/2010 12:29:06 PM PST by Bob
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To: freespirited

I admit it: I am a political and technical geek and I’m hooked on the Internet and I spend waaaaay too much time pidling here and other places on the ‘net.

Fortunately, I don’t need any motivation to stay away from Facebook, LinkedIn, Friendster, Twitter, MySpace, StumbleUpon, EHarmony, DateHookup and OkCupid. I decided early on that these places, with the possible exception of EHarmony, are pretty evil.


17 posted on 12/26/2010 12:39:21 PM PST by upchuck (When excerpting please use the entire 300 words we are allowed. No more one or two sentence posts!)
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To: freespirited

I caught a brief snippet of Kim Komando’s program this weekend. She mentioned, according to a study, the largest demographic that is on the internet is women over 55!


18 posted on 12/26/2010 12:43:05 PM PST by newfreep (Palin/DeMint 2012 - Bolton: Secy of State)
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To: Bob

I’ll quit when I need glasses.


19 posted on 12/26/2010 12:43:31 PM PST by LazloToth
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To: Bob

I’m afraid to google that.


20 posted on 12/26/2010 1:39:20 PM PST by freespirited (This tagline dedicated to the memory of John Armor, a/k/a Congressman Billybob.)
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To: Bob
Is there an online support group for Internet Addicts? :=)

I know you meant that as a joke, but believe it or not there is...
Center for Internet Addiction Recovery

Excerpt: "Founded in 2004, the group is a safe place on the web for those who feel addicted to the Internet to share their thoughts, feelings, and concerns with one another, and it is a place where loved ones of online addicts, can find support, validation, and guidance."

21 posted on 12/26/2010 2:53:01 PM PST by abbyg55
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To: freespirited

I think that too....until my internet connection goes down.


22 posted on 12/26/2010 4:18:26 PM PST by Anti-Bubba182
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