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By i_bump_you4 . Nov 12, 2012 7:23 PM . Permalink
Overcoming Internet Forum Addiction: Admission is the First Step to Recovery
Being a "Board Junkie" is No Longer a Term That's Taken Lightly
Miss Fortune, Yahoo! Contributor Network
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How many times have you heard people joking about being addicted to the internet? Probably more than a few times. How many times have you heard people joke about being addicted to a message board or forum? Probably not that often. Why not? Most of the time it's broken down into a general addiction but when you start to dig deeper into the issue you rule out other aspects of the internet (email, instant messaging, online gaming etc). With message boards and forums for just about any subject under the sun, it makes sense that there would be groups that would become addicted to it. Understanding the addiction and why it perpetuates itself is part of the cure. If you are addicted you have to admit it first then honestly say that you want help. It's just like an addiction to anything else, if you don't have the desire to kick the habit, nothing anyone can say or do is going to change the situation.
Years ago when America On Line (AOL) had message boards you would see people posting as many as 100 threads a day. These days there are sites dedicated to just message boards and that indeed causes problems for people who seek them out. Just like working in an emergency room and dealing with drug seekers, there are forum and board junkies that are always looking for a bigger and better high. If you've never posted at a board or forum you might not understand how it can be addictive. It's not just about swapping cookie recipes or getting cheat codes for video games any more. There are boards for sports, hobbies, advice, health and pretty much any other subject or topic you can think of.
How To Know You Are Addicted: If you check your threads via a mobile phone, before doing anything else online or get angered when you can't access boards, there is a good chance that you are either addicted or are on the path to being addicted. In regards to a loved one, if you notice they are spending large chunks of time at a website and display odd tendencies or outbursts, it might be time to have a talk with them.
When Is It Time To Get Help? If more and more of your time is being spend at a certain forum or board and that is starting to spill over into other facets of your life, you may need to seek professional help. If loved ones are complaining that you are not spending time with them, you engage in text and verbal "flamefests" over things that you would have dismissed as trivial a few months ago or your job is suffering because of message board postings, you could be in need of help.
Why Do Some Become Addicted? Some people may use it as a substitute for something that is missing in their life. Just like alcohol, drugs, food and sex, message boards can be a way of getting some type of satisfaction that is lacking or missing elsewhere. If someone has created an online persona, that too can help boost their ego and fuel the cycle of addiction. In regards to message boards, there are some specifics that can directly feed the circle of addiction. Post counts, member status titles (newbie, seasoned vet, supreme poster etc) and overall admiration from other members can cause someone to spend more and more time at a board or forum.
Getting Help When Help Is Needed: Like AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) and NA (Narcotics Anonymous) there are 12 Step Programs for those who are addicted to the internet as well as message boards and forums. If you are trying to do a "home cure" for someone else, try getting a program that limits the amount of time they can spend online or at a specific site.
How Can You Know What's Really Going On? If you have a partner or teen that is showing signs of being addicted to message forums or boards there are a few things you can do to scope the scale of things. First, ask them how much time they are spending on certain sites. If you know that they are telling you an outright lie, don't try to confront them. They will see this as a threat and only delve deeper into it to try and justify their time spent there.
You can check the computer logs and temporary internet files to see where they have been, the times they have posted and in most cases direct links to the things that they have added to forums or boards. If you aren't all that computer savvy, here is a simple way to check out what is going on.
Firefox: From the main menu go to the History tab and see the last 10 - 15 sites that have been visited. Click the "Show in sidebar" option to have a list displayed so you can look through the entire history. If someone is really addicted they may clear the browser window when they log off or close the window but you can look at the "cookies" or temporary internet files for that.
Internet Explorer: From the Tools tab go to Internet Options; under "temporary internet files" select the 'settings' option then click the 'view files' button. You may need to enlarge the window to see all the information.