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FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:
Before you rush to your computer and onto the Cafferty File blog to write in to us, consider this: you may just be addicted to the Internet.
Medill News Service reports that the Internet has become an out-of-control habit for more and more people. In fact, experts say that Internet addiction is a growing psychological and behavioral problem.
It's estimated that 5% to 10% of Americans may be addicted to the Internet – that could mean as many as 30 million people. And, it's an even bigger problem in other parts of the world. As many as 30% of the people living in China, Korea and Taiwan may be hooked.
The head of an outfit called the "Center for Internet Addiction Recovery" says the main kinds of internet addiction are: cybersex, online affairs, online gambling, online gaming, compulsive surfing and eBay addiction. For young people, online gaming is a particular concern.
There are now even special centers to treat this growing problem. Call it Internet rehab. Experts say some patients need 30 to 90 days in-patient treatment, followed by additional care. Like any other addiction, they say it requires lifelong treatment. There are also nonprofit groups – like "Online Gamers Anonymous" – meant to help Internet addicts.
Here’s my question to you: How can you tell if you're becoming addicted to the Internet?
Interested to know which ones made it on air?
Pablo from Charles Town, West Virginia writes:
When your spouse books vacation lodging and is adamant it does not have Internet access.
You are addicted when you develop sores on your elbows. True story.
Dave from North Dartmouth, Massachusetts writes:
Look at the good side of it, Jack. If people weren't even minutely addicted to the Internet, you would be in the unemployment line with the rest of us poor slobs because of this terrible administration.
Tyson from Cave Creek, Arizona writes:
Jack, You know you're addicted to the Internet when you wake up in a pool of your own digital vomit, your head hurts, and you have no recollection of any Web site you may have browsed the night before.
You get in an argument with a loved one and find yourself trying to click the refresh button.
CT from Bartlett, Illinois writes:
Jack, The Internet, kinda... But I am totally addicted to your blog. I check all day until it's up. And if you are off, it ruins my whole day. When I'm really crabby, people ask if Cafferty is on vacation. Is there a 12 step program for me?
Jack, I am in the UK. I came home from work at 1pm, sat on the sofa with my laptop and am still on it at 11pm. Now ain’t that something. So there you go.
You just announced this question on-air no more than 2 minutes ago, and here I am. You tell me.
William from Miami writes:
Great work, Jack. You just asked 30 million Internet addicts to reply to your question using the Internet. Any suggestions for heroin addicts?
I just interrupted a painting project to respond to your questions of the day. That's got to be a sign.
It's 2 AM....you stop to check: your e-mail, the Political Ticker and E-Bay on your way back to bed from your nightly bathroom visit.
I think the first sign of addiction is that I rush to my computer just to answer stupid questions and hope that I get my 15 seconds of fame by having it read on the Cafferty File. Pitiful isn't it?
How can you tell if you’re becoming addicted to the Internet?
I'm on here responding to your questions...
I am addicted to the Cafferty File. Otherwise, I am seriously moving away from the political news. The way some candidates act is an insult to my
sense of sound government and how to get there. Attacks are low-class,
irrational ways to try to win. Sadly, many voters are turned on by conflict.
I become very irated when I go to the Cnn blogs to find that you have decided to take a day off and I have no where to vent. This is the only place I write too. So no more days off, please.
I'm up late at night reading the responses on your blog – does that count?
When its the first place I go for daily news. Unfortunately, the television news media is now all political news loaded with all the lies to go with it. I'm sick of it.
I write 3 comments per day on the Cafferty Report, Check Political Ticker all day long, Yes, it is quite sad!!!!!!!!!!
You know you are addicted to the internet when you are wondering what in the world is taking Jack and his minions so long to get back from lunch! You were 3 minutes late with the questions today! 'Have a great weekend!
When I'm reading my emails at 3 a.m. Once I turn my computer on, the first thing I do is check my emails. I live for my emails literally.
When you spend hours a day checking the comments in the Cafferty File, and find yourself talking to the screen, you just might have a problem. Count me in with that bunch.
When I wake up, my first stop is my computer then the bathroom, kitchen and then back to my computer.
One good sign is when we try really really hard to be the first one to answer your daily questions without knowing what you write.
First thing I do when I wake in the morning is go on-line, before I feed the cat or have anything myself. After reading my e-mails, then I'll feed the cat and pour a cup for me. Guess you'd say I'm addicted. And I'm an old geezer who wasn't born to this thing.
I need a life..as I look to see what the dumb questions for Friday are from Jack!!
It's when we start checking your blog around 1:30pm then every few minutes to see what questions you are going to post for the show today. Then watch to see if are reply was clever enough to get read on your show.
Don in Pa
You have become completely engrossed in the Internet when you think adding "facebook mobile" to your cellphone is the best way to be social.
That loopy look in your eyes. The absolute peace when you hear the clicking sound of the keyboard. And of course, the callouses on your fingers and thumb. And of course going to the Cafferty file to blog away!!!! (I just got my fix....)
You know you're addicted to the internet if the very first thing you do in the morning is turn on your computer, go online, and spend your time online all day, and losing focus from reality and your family.
I'm on CNN.COM every weekday by 2PM and I miss you on weekends!!
Checking your e-mail every 5 minutes to delete the 1 or 2 junk mail messages out of your spambox should qualify.
Internet addiction for me starts at 2pm everyday, I answer your three questions then I e-mail Wolf and vote on Lou Dobbs quick vote. This is a sad commentary when all there is to look forward to are you three dopes.
Since I can't smoke, shoot up, or drink my computer, I do not feel I'm addicted. But some sort of Goverment Survey paid for by the Taxpayers will probally prove me wrong by the end of the year.
AND I HATE IT when you take a day off!! (No offense – you certainly deserve days off.)
I know I'm addicted. I am like so many others, I check email and the Political ticker when I get up at night. At 1 pm, I check the Cafferty File and today? Nothing at 1 pm. I clicked "refresh" several times and still nothing. At 1:09 pm, I glanced down at the right side of the page and found three new questions, all ready and waiting. I answer all three questions, then wait for the Situation Room to start, and I have to wait until I hear the answers on the air. Once, it was my answer! I keep hoping you'll read another comment of mine someday.
Addicted? Oh yes.
When there are more responders to THIS question than there are to the other questions!
I'm not addicted to the internet, per se, but I am addicted to your blog, which gives me the opportunity to actually voice my political views and questions without being slammed as being unpatriotic. Too many of my younger friends are "don't think about it" Republicans who told me that I was unpatriotic for not supporting the conflict in Iraq and President Twig without question...and many still do, even though they are gripping and complaining about gas prices and the deficit. They haven't made the connection yet.
When you send your children to the bus stopped at 7 am and at 3:30 p.m. their coming through the door wondering why the breakfast dishes are still dirty, you haven't gotten the main and their usual snack is not waiting on them.
If your children's heads are starting to take on the shape of your monitor, You might be addicted to the internet.
If you spend more money on spy ware programs and anti virus programs then you do gasoline, You might be addicted to the internet.
If you start naming your first born child Gigabyte or Best Buy, You might be addicted to the internet.
If you kiss your wife/husband good night and you still have the mouse in your hand, You might be addicted to the internet.
One sign is that you're on it when you're supposed to be on the clock at work. So I guess you're an enabler, Jack.
Signs you're addicted to the Internet.
1. First thing you do is turn on your computer, when you wake up.
2.You loose track of time;while you're blogging.
3.If your mother or Father Yells-Turn that thing off.
OMG Jack C, if U can understand dis BTW, then chances R U spend 2 much time on the internet. ROFLMAO.
When my computer chair is actually a toilet, when I name my kids after chat icons such as LOL, HAGD etc. When I start talking in web addresses instead of English. Opps, its too late for me, save yourself, unplug your computer.
I haven’t left my house in years. Everything I eat is delivered. I don’t shave, bathe, or brush my teeth. I never read books. And I lie a lot.
Monty in El Paso, Texas
I am suppossed to be working. I have already made my attempt at an "I beat 360" tee shirt today. Now i am writing to you. I should be working!!
Jack, I have to stop whatever I'm doing at noon to respond to your questions. Yes, I do have a life beyond my computer, but the situation room gives me a chance to vent and rid myself of hostility that builds up whenever I hear McCains name or his voice.
How can you tell if you're addicted to the internet? Ask your boss, your spouse or if your internet runs you and you not your internet.
Don't have this problem so can't relate to idiots like thos on cell phones all of the time, they're sick.
When you can read that stuff on the address line of your web browser and you know what it means.
When your have your car made ready for the internet.
When reading something before you go to bed at night means checking your email while in bed.
When you have one of the internet gadgets like an iPhone or a Blackberry always within easy reach.
When you order fast food delivery on-line instead over the phone.
Jack, you are addicted to the Internets (misspelling intentional) when you can name every flash in the pan YouTube celebrity but cannot name a current Presidential Cabinet member.
When you know your response will not be read, but you write anyway...
I'm planning my wedding on Facebook... Is that bad?
Hmmm, maybe if you write to the Cafferty File Blog every weekday?!!
when i start thinking of using adult diapers,rather than get up and go to the restroom.i think the military and nasa use them in certain circumstances,why shouldnt i ?noone will read this ,but you,right,jack?
Why, are you and Dr. Phil forming a foundation to help internet addicts? I've heard that acknowledging the problem is the first step to the path to recovery. Thank goodness, I am not addicted.
You play a game online for so long that you end up dieing from a combination of sleep deprivation, dehydration, and starvation like so many people in Korea are doing. Maybe 24-hour internet cafes aren't so much of a good idea.
if you spend more that thirty minutes on line to answer your questions thanyou are sick.
Yes same people may be addicted to the internet, but what does that say about the people (like you) who elicit others to use thew internet by asking provocative questions? Are you addicted to asking questions, or do people answering your questions stroke your ego?
I don't think you are interested in our nswers, i think you get satisfaction out of people agreeing with you.
Don't worry. Jack, I will no longer answer your questions, but neither will I watch your program. I regret this because I DO enjoy Wolfe's part of the program, but that means I have to put up with you, You never have read any of my emails because they don't agfree with you.
Jack: When you are in divorce court explaining to the judge that you love your "blackberry" more than your wife as grounds for filing.
Internet eliteist we are! Bit by bit we byte insatiably.
You can tell when you frequently throughout the day go to political news websites such as CNN, Huffington Post, Politico, etc. Drives one crazy at times but if you are a news hound/political buff it is hard to resist doing this! Know any cures for this Jack?
when you can no longer use a mouse with either hand,and your right hand is sore.
when i get a new computer every year,and my tv is still black and white,with a clothes hanger sticking out the top of it.
Whenever I reach for a hot roll at the dinner table and start sliding it around on the table, and waiting for my healthy meal to change into Fried steak , hash browns & eggs, I cut back on my PC useage to 15 hours a day instead of 18.......Define addiction....
You have to tune in every day to see what kind of topic Cafferty is selling ,today,so you can blog your heart out!
I never rush to my computer to participate in your blog because I never log off. I’m either posting or reading other posts. But I don’t have a problem, I can quit any time I want.
Jack, I don't think it's possible to be addicted to the Internet. The Internet is just a necessity, and my whole life revolves around it... I pay my bills online, I talk to my friends and family online, I go shopping online, I do my work online, and if I'm into it, I can have sex online.... see? The day I can't admit that I have an addiction is the day my addiction will be official. Until then, I am not addicted to the Internet!
Boy, the types of internet addiction are quite naughty–like cyber sex, gambing or even shopping.
What does it say about those of us who crave none of the above but instead get our "fix" by political blogging day in and day out?
And worse, what will we all do after November?
You know you're addicted to the Internet when you chat online with your wife while you're talking to her on the telephone...while playing Internet poker with your Internet buddies. You know you have a problem when your whole day revolves around answering Jack's EPIC queries (I have multiple alarms on my computer notifying me when you post these questions). Lastly, you realise you're a hopeless Internet junkie when, after Jack does indeed read your blog post, you spend hours incessantly clicking away on the Situation Room Internet homepage, forwarding all your Internet friends and loved-ones the transcripts of Jack reading your clever letter.
I just took out a pad of paper and a # 2 pencil and said to
myself, how do these darn things work?
What is the internet. I need to learn to login to the computer. – John McCain
Obviously I am not addicted. I know this because I would not response to such a trival question except to tell you that I would not respond.
I refresh Jack Cafferty's blog page every minute or so to find out if my comment has been posted.
when leave sound turned up so can hear email coming in (ding) in your sleep.
when spend lot of time playing orbitz pool game or otherson line.
when stomach churns a little if air card not working properly.
when you get annoyed that someone you know doesnt have email and you have to actually write a letter (so you call them on cell phone).
when you worry about losing connection so missing what is on yahoo or google chat groups.
when you're not there and we can't reply to your questions.
just to name a few.
Save yourself Jack!!! Just SAY NO to the internet
Jack, if you wake up and go to sleep with your computer. Of course, reading all the globs which you all offer,answering all your questions, and those of your colleagues, makes the media part of the problem.
"Print is dead"! So said one of the GhostBusters in 1983. I rely upon the Internet as my means of gaining the news. I have not had a newspaper subscription in years as there is little reason to read the papers, so little investigative journalism exists anymore in the pulp industry. Journalism has been controlled by industry aligned to this ideology of the current presidential administration to the point that either you adhere to the talking points of Ruppert Murdoch or you faulter. If this is the case, and I think that it is, I will abide by the Internet as my resource for non-ideological pandering and true investigative reporting o0nce vaunted by CNN and others.
I can tell that I am addicted as I am responding to this posting page and many more.. Can't write anymore now though.. I need a finger replacement surgery.. I have typed my fingers down to the nub.
Trying to stay active in this election, searching for facts, and sorting out all the fiction as well as defending Obama against stupidity, slander against his integrity and patriotism makes me an Internet Junkie, then so be it. Obama is not more unpatriotic than the rest of America, and I am tired of those that perpetuate that idea. It is my calling to do what I can to stop such slanderous statements; that Obama would rather loose a war inorder to win an election in my opinion that charging Obama with Treason. That is the dummest, insane and slanderous remark I have yet to hear and any one that entertains those kinds of remarks or even repeats them should be ashamed of themselves.
When I can no longer read my signiture on a personal check.. Wanting to push the delete key while talking to my wife, or hitting the control key while starting to lose it over this everlasting election.
They want an Anniversary Card from friends sent to their computer called "buddy" on the day they purchased their computer.
When nothing else matters, you are addicted.
Razicudlo (Las Vegas)
Let's see. Wolf Blitzer's blog, Anderson Cooper's blog, your blog and that's only the CNN blogs I need to keep up with. Hmmmmm, I wonder. My name is Robert and I'm a netaholic.
North Port, FL
I know I am addicted I wait every day to post on your blog at exactly 1pm central time.
Well... I'm writing my response on my iTouch, check my emails, pro-football websites, and Facebook like clock work. Read your blog and the responses and any time the Internet goes out due to mother nature or some other circumstance, I start shaking like a crack addict. So yes, I am an addict, however I have no interest in recovery. As a young adult my life revolves around the Internet. Blame technology for making me and many in my generation this way.
The first rule of internet club is.... you don't talk about internet club.
Since I created the internet I have always been addicted! Al Gore
When your upset that you forgot to write the Cafferty file yesterday.
The irony of this kills me.
What else? Are they going to say they developed a drug to treat it, perhaps to be taken for life time? I know it can be viewed as addictive sometimes, but the idea of "rehab" sounds like just too extreeme.
Look, if you like to cure the whole nation, consider shutting the internet off for two days.
I have a World of Warcraft account. Enough said.
I think I must be addicted, Jack, as impatiently wait for your
questions every day. Cannot wait to voice my opinions to
your sometimes challenging questions.
Get aggravated if put on moderation and never taken off
or my comment is not posted at all, as you are our only
opportunity to express and maybe be heard.
Am addicted to blogs, voicing my opinion and disagreeing,
agreeing with others concerning the upcoming elections.
Am sure wil go through withdrawal in November.
I can tell if my addictions are out of controll if my blood pressure and pulse get too high because I'm not working out enough, the bills are not getting paid, the house upkeep isn't getting done,etc...
I'll try to keep that in mind as Ryzom starts up again and I get into 10-16 hours a day of gaming.
I think if you are using the internet to replace everyday human interactions, then maybe you have a problem. I personally would love have this problem but my 6 & 8 yr old sons won't leave me alone long enough to get addicted!
Your an adict if you find yourself talking in stores about nothing, if you cross the center line head;on into someone elses lane, if you stop on your trip because you cant get a signal 30 feet up the road. It is amazing that these people think they are so important when they are really talking about nothing or junk most of the time, they are ate up!!!
You're addicted to the internet if your baby "Googles" instead of "Gurgles".
Sorry but I wouldn't have a clue. I use it when i need to, and no more except to write to Jack Cafferty just about every day. I don't drink, or smoke, and my only vice is trying to put Jack on the hot seat, but lately he seems to be more mainstream, and that makes him one of the good guys again.
You actually write comments on Jack Cafferty's blog!! Jack who?
Jack I guess if I were addicted to the internet I’d have wi-fi, for my lap top. The pleasure of answering Jack's riveting questions ia all the internet exposure I need. Sorry Wolfie.
Jack, you're addicted when as a Canadian I feel an obligation to email comments and advice (no charge) to the Cafferty File on a daily basis in order to help you Americans to pursue a life of liberty, happiness and freedom.
I've honestly never really thought about it until now. Now that I think about it, I do check my email at least 5-6 times a day and my facebook page at least 3-4 times a day. And also, I was out of the country in the Carribean not to long ago, and when I quickly realized that I wouldn't be getting any internet access, I started to become very anxious. After a day had passed, I wasn't enjoying myself, counting down the minutes in which I would be able to come home to my laptop.
I know I'm addcited to your blog. I have taken to seeing how fast you can remove my posts. You set a new record by removing the last one in less than 5 minutes. Keep up the good work. I admire efficiency.
Jack don't be silly, there's no way a person could be addicted to the internet because....let me get back with you Jack, someone's on my other computer.
Kenneth Chadbourn, N.C.
You can't be serious, the internet and computers are part of our daily lives. We do our banking, shopping, IM (instant messenger) every day. My computer is on all day long, and when something is wrong with it I am a nervous wreck. Am I addicted? maybe, It is part of the routine and a wonderfully useful tool. It answers my questions and doesn't talk back. I love my computer and the internet.
The first thing I do when I get up in the morning is turn this confounded computer on so that I can check my email. After that, I have my morning coffee and piddle around on the computer until I can respond to Jack Cafferty and his blog. The last thing I do before retiring for the night is check that email again. Only then do I shut the silly thing off.
Yeah. . . I guess you could say that I am definitely addicted.
Simple you'll pay your internet/cellphone bill (which has internet access) quicker than paying your house note, water bill, power bill or car note.
Priorities, Mr. Cafferty, priorities...
Anyone who posts on here is addicted. 🙂
Why not? It's better than TV.
I work on a computer no less than 40 hours a week as a Graphic Artist. When I get home from work I always check the Cafferty File. It’s the way I can express my opinions to the media instead of yelling at my television for things you pundants say that I don’t agree agree with. Then I shut my computer back down. I’ve had enough, but I do appreciate you Jack and the Cafferty File.
You get into bed at night propping your arm on a pillow because of the spasms brought on by a day at the computer doing repetative movements. You wake up in the morning and go straight for the on button instead of the coffee. Early afternoon you go to the Cafferty file eager to post to the blog. And if Jack is on vacation you do an "AH' out loud.
Responding to this blog.
When you start posting comments on the Cafferty File.
The main kinds of Internet addiction are the ones you mention in your blog, they are the warning signals, better take a look at your habits and change them, there's more to life. I read the Cafferty File, some news, my e-mail (not necessarily daily, we still have telephone and mail) and like to use sites like Wikipedia to answer my occasional intellectual curiosty. I think I'm still pretty normal. Yes, Internet addition rehab centers are necessary – it is a problem and will get worse. Some parents should be a little more responsible and monitor their kids more, that would be a form of preventative health care.
It's easy Jack, just three little words. Carpal Tunnel Syndrone.
you forgot another addiction...
cnn – political ticker = metal suspension, loving and hating it...
Gosh! Are we going to be bored after Nov!!!
I used to spit on my finger and hold it up in the wind and gaze into the distance at the clouds to predict coming weather. Now I type and click. My dad would turn over in his grave!!!
Jack, I dream in pixels, but I think "addiction" is a pretty strong word. People need to take a deep breath and .com down a little.
hmmmm Lets see Jack...I've responding to more than one of your questions and I'm on it right now...I think thats a good bet.
Does writing to your blog 3 times a day count?
With addictions comes blame. I blame my bank for putting my account online so I can transfer money out of savings to checking so I can buy gas. I blame my electric cooperative for saving me postage when I pay online. I blame all my creditors for letting me pay bills online. I blame the weather radar site for having information quicker than the television when inclement weather is approaching. You get the picture, it's not my fault.
posting without checking for typos on this blog...hoping that acknowledging I have typos will tell readers of my earlier post I can string two proper words together...actually caring about that has to be some kind of net addiction.
I'm very addicted. I find myself writing to you everyday.
If you start calling TV Dinners – PC Dinners.
If your significant other asks you to get off the computer
and you tell them two more minutes, but they know that
means two more hours.
If you take your laptop to the bathroom instead of a
business newspaper or magazine.
If you think a night out on the town is drinking a beer while
hanging out in an Internet blogfest
If your mouse has more miles on it than your car.
If you get frustrated in waiting rooms because they don't
have any internet related magazines to read.
If you feel you need to lose a few pounds and you start
exercising in front of your computer…while sitting down.
No, i can't by i must tell you you can find a lot of info in the internet more good than bad
When youy user name appears on all youtube video comments..even the less popular ones.
Naw. I'd rather play solitaire most of the time.
when you stay signed on to the internet while sleepimg so you don't miss an instant message and you get on when you get up and stay on till you no longer can hold yoour head up to type.
saying that, I don't need some educated expert to tell me I'm addicted to the internet or anything else, what next i'm addicted to CNN because watch the situation room, give us a break.
My internet went down for two days. By the time I got it back up, I was literally walking around my house not knowing what to do and felt cut off from the world because I couldn't check the news, weather, banking, watch TV online and of course the e-mail. Am I addicted? Yes!
You know Jack that might seem like a dumb thing to talk about until you think about it. Is there anything, any action, hobby, food, game,sport or anything else that doesn't have an addiction attached to it. I heard of a guy that got addicted to planting flowers for crying out loud.
But he never asked me to write to him and answer questions or read his blog and leave my point of view for him to read. Now get back to Wolf ...I need a news fix! -_^ lol
You break out in a cold sweat when your blackberry crashes.
Go for a week without your computer as I did last week while mine was in the factory for repairs. If you drink more, smoke more, or clean house more to relieve the resulting extreme anxiety you feel then you are addicted.
When you spend 12 hours a day on facebook with imaginary friends instead of spending time with your real friends.
When you have the DT's when your electricity goes out.
If your cable t.v. and internet go down because of technical problems and in 5 minutes, you are on the suicide hot-line, then I would say you are an internet addict.
this one is easy I know I'm addicted because I'm answering every question you ask on the cafferty file every day . I need a internet 12 step program
That is a great question! I am not addicted to the Internet at all, I ENJOY the Internet with games and my e-mail mail and e-mailing you whenever I see a subject worth talking about! I leave the Computer and watch T.V. and go about my life! I think the worst addiction in this Country is the "Cell Phones" as they would be great on a long trip for comfort or if you owe your own Bussiness, but they are too too too much,,,,,,,,,everywhere, even in the bathroom, grocery store,malls., my Children all have them and when we go together they all go their own ways and call each other to see what dept. they are in: Jack, that is foolish!
HAVE A NICE EVENING AND WEEKEND~
B. FROM FLORIDA
Hw cn u tll if u r adtd 2 intnt? wll 4 1 tng u cnt wait 2 answr q's lke ths on blgs! and 2 u cn no lngr spll wrth a dam! 4 all txtng u do!
In my 20's, I was addicted to sex
In my 30's, I was addicted to work
In my 40's , I was addicted to booze
In my 50's, I'm addicted to the net.....
My 20's were better..........
Well, Jack, now that you mention it, I have been answering your three questions every day–look forward to it. I can't go cold turkey so today I'm just answering two. I'll take it one day at a time and see if I can get this monkey off my back. Linda in Woodbury
The computer is the first thing I check in the morning and the last thing at night.
If you're reading this on the air, that means you got my message and i'm addicted. I need to stop responding to y'all!
When you can't go one day without checking in with the Cafferty file, you know you are addicted.
For something to be addictive, it should entail a vice or negative habit. For the most part, Internet usage is not negative, as far as I can tell.
Of course, I'm addicted to the Internet. It's cheaper than heroin or cocaine.
When you have people coming here everyday for months on end to post two and even three responses to your questions and also to reply to others, is a pretty good sign that one's addicted. Then again, here I am posting as well. Face it, this is the new public opinion forum, the internet. Our citizenry is now becoming more well-informed and well-educated on political matters. I bet that number is closer to 15-20% being addicted! Either way, I love it!
I've grown calluses on my fingertips. When the DSL went down, for the two days waiting for the new box, I nearly went nuts. The withdrawal gave me headaches and nightmares.
You are probably addicted to the internet if:
1) You show clear withdrawal symptoms the few times that you have no access to the Internet.
2) You feel your computer is totally worthless unless it has internet connection.
3) You forgo your real-life responsibilities to just surf the web.
Sorry Jack, I can't tell ya. That is one quesion more than my recovery program allows me to answer.
Easy Jack. The days I blog, my blood pressure is always higher than days I don't. Obama supporters are worse than fried chicken for your health.
You can tell you’re becoming addicted to the Internet when the power goes out and you flip up your Quick Connect Card on your Lap Top and turn on the battery powered light you have pre-positioned over your Lap Top and then come back to CNN.COM to finish reading the Cafferty File since you cannot see it live.
People should go to my web site CaffertyAddicts.com. For a small monthly fee we can cure you of your need to answer stupid last questions on Friday. Most people only need the shock of our first bill to become completely cured.
I became an internet addict when I found out I could tell the truth behind the camouflage of a screen name. Political correctness is easy prey and clicking a mouse gives just as good a thrill as pulling a trigger. William in Sanford, N.C.
i can quit the web anytime i want!! .....i swear!!!!
I don't need a gage to determine that. That's a foregone conclusion. Everything at your fingertips, can't beat that with a hickory stick.
I've been using the internet since they were just chat lines.....lmao
I am NOT addicted to the internet, Jack! Uh oh, isn't denial the first sign of addiction?
When you are anxious to get to work so you can surf the web.
My largest amount of time is spent on cnn.com everyday giving my opinion on all of the blogs – does that mean I am addicted? I do try and make sure that I am home when Cafferty file comes one.
When your wife enters the room, sees that you’re on the computer, and then starts singing, "Oh my love..."
yes indeed...it replaces listening to all those jerk pundits (except u Jack) and their insufferable chatter..I can pick and choose what i want to read...can wastebasked what I dont want...and best of all...turn it off when I go to bed (unless I cant sleep and then I play poker for fake money)......
If you post blogs to the Cafferty file then you are in some deep trouble and you need to seek out professional help.
The net is no addiction to me.
If your not mobile (sick), this is an excellent form of entertainment.
Well Gee Jack If you would stop asking all of thees stupid questions and let me Finnish googling . I might have time to answer you.
You don't answer anyone unless they've sent you an email. (Voice Mail; Pshaw!)
You've forgotten how to balance your checkbook without checking your balance on-line.
You buy TV guide but use your on-line service to get the evenings TV listings.
You worry more about being able to afford your next computer upgrade than the 20 empty pizza boxes in your home from a weekend of playing WoW on-line.
You swear you'll never be a hacker but you have, 'Cult of the Dead Cow' bookmarked.
You've spent so much time on-line that the company's help desk personnel come to you for answers.
Teenagers come to you for answers about etiquette in chat rooms.
And waiting in breathless anticipation for Jack's 3 questions.
I can tell I am addicted because I keep answering the stupid questions on your blog!
Hmm lets see, I get my news from the internet, I communicate using the internet, I watch videos through the internet, and I do some intense gaming using the internet.
My name is David and I'm addicted to the internet
You know you are addicted to the internet when:
(1) you start answering to your on-line nom de plume or ID.
(2) you eat your meals in front of the computer,
(3) you have a name for your computer.and everyone in the house knows who/what you are talking about when you refer to it by name.
(4) you know the internet addresses of several blogs and special interest sites, but you have to look up the phone numbers of your kids in your address book.
(5) you take time off from work to get your computer fixed but you make your sick child wait in the nurses office until school closing to take him or her to the doctor.
Gosh, Jack... I don't know. Let's ask Senator McCain.
When your opening greeting for a friend or relative is, "What did you think about the e-mail I sent you showing all of the discussting exotic foods they eat in China?" Then you go out for a burger and a beer.
When it is 2:00 AM and I am still sitting at the computer and have to get up at 5:30 AM.
When you spend all day blogging on CNN....
Very simple Jack, You know you have an Internet addiction when you want to kill Al Gore for inventing the World Wide Web!
Was that a rhetorical question? I mean look who you’re asking…BLOGGERS!
When you check the blogs and other popular websites every 30 mins to see if there are any updates.
Before Jack I was never on the internet. My son and husband did everything that I needed on the internet for me. Now everyday At least during the hours of three until six I'm blogging my opionion, .haven't been on Situation Room yet. but it can happen.
if you truly are becoming affected to internet you can't tell. others can
The signs??? ....No more addicted to evil than when I listened to Rock & Roll in the 50's, or drank a few beers and smoked a cigarette or two before I was 21(no, I didn't smoke anything else – – that was truley evil at the time).
A few of us will become disabled dependents to this new addiction, but most of us, for the most part, will overcome just as in the past and come back to reality.
Today, I don't smoke at all, drink moderatly and am a strong advocate of NO drugs.....my guess is, I'm hopefully in the majority.
grosse ile, mi
This is my second post and i love all these comments..especially Ken's lmao...now i need to get back to work.
When your spouse books vacation lodging and is adamant it does not have internet access.
You dream in binary.
Ha!!!! I've been trying to send my message about the Internet for MANY years but nooooooo, everythings cool, LOL!! I'm telling you, the iIntenet is more forbidden than the "Book of Job." And I have bunch and bucnh of nephews and nieces that are born and seeing this new phenomena.
You know what was my Phenomena when I was young Jack? Nintendo! I'm telling you Jack, I was like......"Wow.....wow.....wow...."
But with this now, is pretty crazy how much has changed the last 20 years...
When you are late to a meeting because you are in a heated on-line discussion on whether Exxon should spend more money on research and development. Or when your daughter calls she says, "Ok, mom, stop typing on your computer and please talk to me".
When you start having dreams that making any connection is taking too much time.
When you reply to the Cafferty File question everyday.
You are addicted when you develop sores on your elbows. True Story.
You know you're addicted to the internet if your wife is up at 4 AM telling you to get off the computer, put the cheetos away, and lay off the Mountain Dew.
You just announced this question on-air no more than 2 minutes ago, and here I am. You tell me.
I know I'm addicted to the internet when I write another letter to Cafferty that won't get read on the air.
You know you're addicted to the internet when you rush to your computer to answer your questions, Jack.
Mission Viejo, CA
I'm addicted to the internet because everything is on the net... I wake up in the moring before i start my day, I'm on the net to see whats new in the world of today, on my break, i go on the net and see whos on facebook, at home, on the net, waiting to give my answer to your questions Jack.... See, everything is on the net.
When you are elated when Jack Cafferty reads your comment on his
Jack why do you ask this question? Your blog depends on us.
This message sent from my iPhone!
I know because I am awesome at the internet. Everyone else asks me for help at the internet. L337.
Sorry, no time...downloading addiction info.
When you respond to this question three times a day.
I knew last night when I woke up at 4:00 in the morning with my keyboard imprinted on my face.
Amazingly here I sit online while I write this. Isnt there more important things we should be discussing then that of Ebay and online gambling addiction? What else can we come up with to being addicted to? I am addicted, because this is where I pay my bills, and get your news. I am also addicted to cheese. Oh god help us all.
Ask my wife
You get in an argument with a loved one and find yourself trying to click the refresh button.
A sure sign you're addicted to the internet is when you hear Jack Cafferty talk about internet addiction rehab and you go to google to look for an online source for this type of rehab.
By responding, You got me Jack, I guess I'm hooked.
when i get cold sweats, nausea, vomiting, and tremors on days i don't log on.
What are you doing? You tell us to go to our computers and log on.....are you trying to get us addicted?!!!
It's probably an indicator when you find yourself corresponding to a CNN blog on a Friday afternoon.
I was on the Internet when you asked the question.
I know I have become addicted to the internet when I would rather surf at 4:00 p.m. rather than turn on the situation room and watch you and Wolf.
When you spend more time on the internet than any other business.
Because I can't drink my coffee in the morning if I'm not logged on to Ebay looking at what was listed while I was sleeping. It's less destructive than drugs, but I've certainly found, not cheaper.
When like me you write ebooks on how to use the internet and make money with it.
Not sure what an ebook is?
Its just like a normal book but with no paper and is delivered to your PC via the internet... Scary what you can get delivered to your PC 😉
When your keyboard and mouse are in your bed and you're using your computer screen as a night light, you know your in deep deep trouble.
Jack are you serious? You want people to visit your web site so they can determine if they are addicted to the internet. Thanks like asking someone who might be addicted to gambling to roll the dice to find out if they are addicted to gambling. Your suggestion was funny though. Hop on the internet and visit my (Jack's) site to see if you might be addicted to the internet–good stuff.
Jack.....i know im addicted.. i have answered your blog twice today...
I am very much addicted to the internet, and internet games.
I know why, but I really don't care, the addiction does not affect my life or my health. But for those of you who are trying to avoid this addiction you need to stop and take a look at your priorities, if any of your major ones are involved with a computer, you might be addicted.
I Play a few online games, and I look forward to WarHammer Online: Age of Reckoning. My addiction will not end any time soon, and I know it.
You know your addicted to the Internet when you give up your addiction to TV.
I Google "Internet addiction", then check the medical web sites for symptoms, then join 20 or 30 on-line support groups. After that fails, I just watch the CNN.com feeds.
lol, u just kno, jack
YES I AM Addicted.... So Addicted. I am so scared to be in a DEAD Zone My wife is talking about
Offline Counciling !
I know I'm addicted to the internet when I log on to CNN's blogs and half the time my meaningful comments are not even posted. All I see is "Awaiting Moderation" which motivates me to send you another one.
Angel from Maryland
Every day (during the summer) instead of completing my AP Summer assignments or doing my summer reading assignments, I surf the net for 3-6 hours a day. When I wake up in the morning, the first word that goes through my mind is "internet". I've got to search for something.
By the way, do you think that the therapy is offered online?
Jack I'm addicted–I had to email you before I went out to mow the yard!
You know you're addicted to the internet when you keep a urine bottle next to your computer.
Jack, you know you're addicted when you read all two thousand blog posts a day in the cafferty file, and still watch the show to see if your post got picked for reading on the air.
When its the first thing you go to after waking up and the last thing you do before going to bed and might i include when you go to work late on a regular basis because you just cant leave the computer 10 minutes earlier
I've seen many of my friends who are musicians become addicted to Ebay, selling items they have to be able to buy more things they WANT on Ebay. It becomes a vicious cycle!
Great work, Jack.
You just asked 30 million internet addicts to reply to your question using the internet. Any suggestions for heroin addicts?
When you cant decide between work or playing on the Internet with your favorite game and talking to your friends online.
This has happed to me several times, but I've managed to control myself.
The best sign is when the only time you get away from the computer is to eat, sleep, or go to the bathroom.
You awaken at your keyboard and go through the morning with keyboard imprints on your forehead.
You know your addicted to the internet when one day you look up from your monitor only to discover that your wife and kids moved out 6 months ago.
Well one of the signs Jack of Internet Addiction, is losing any kind of connection with your family, friends or the outside world because you are constantly online all the time. Also, linking your mobile phone to news alerts from the Internet. And logging into your computer maybe more then 100 times a day. We dont know how to communicate with each other face to face anymore because the computer can do it for us
When you`re sitting on the beach in a tropical paradise,having the holiday of your life...............but,you`re missing your laptop &internet connection !!
Extensive daily computer use can lead to clinical depression, according to one Psychiatrist. It would stand to reason that excessive internet use could cause it too. It also causes social isolation, getting too little sleep, compulsive spending, sexual addiction and relationships with unstable people (internet dating). These are all problems I or someone I care about have had.
The addiction we really need to confront is our collective addiction to creating fictitious "diseases" to avoid taking responsibility for our bad habits and choices.
Ha! Same way you can tell if you are addicted to the Cafferty File!
That's easy Jack-When I start acting like my daughter and her husband.
3 words Jack...CARPAL TUNNEL SYNDROME!
Reed from NYC
When you get up in the middle of the night to check for email?
Spending 18-20 hours or more straight on the computer browsing the internet.
Making excuses you need to do work on the internet, over spending quality time with family, birthdays, family union, etc.
When you read, reread, and reread your own mail over and over again?
When you check every minute to see if someone responded to your posting – even those posted last year!
When your begin to use the internet to talk to your wife – who is in the next room!
Being more promiscuous -by download files fully aware that they may be dangerous.
Thinking that its ok for others to spy on your privacy – thinking its the norm.
Thinking that the government and large corporations can use your computer to share with others.
When you begin to lump your cable, phone and intenet all together!
How do you know you're addicted to the Internet? You responded to this question ... oops, I guess that means I am.
I think more of us our addicted to some form of the internet than we would like to admit. I know that if my wife were unable to participate in nightly forums or ask questions of perfect strangers she would be very unhappy and therfore so would I.
Obviously I am addicted to, otherwise I would not have sent a comment to this blog.
you are addicted to the internet if you find it hard to find words when speaking to a person face to face and eloquent while online
Modou the Gambia
I'm not addicted to the internet. I started working with computers in 1960 and grew up with them through punch card input and printer output, slow terminal access, dial-up modems, DSL, and now an iPhone with wifi access. It is my lifestyle, not an addiction. On the other hand, responding to questions like this using the internet ... Oh Wait!! I'm an addict! 🙁
If you are rude, completely out of touch with those around you and both of your thumbs twitch, then you can tell.
Don't' even get me started.
You know you are addicted when John McCain articles start making sense.
One sign that someone is addicted to the internet is when they respond to your question with "This is such a stupid question Jack". They are so addicted that they can't help themselves and respond anyway. You see it all the time. It's quite obvious. I'm not sure why you wasted our time on this. This is such a stupid question Jack.
I want to know but I need something to compare my addiction to. How many hours did you spend on the telegraph and when or how did you break the habit.
The Internet is Serious Business. There is no such thing as Internet Addiction. Especially when it's Caturday. You can have a cheeseburger and win one free internet for posing this question.