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Published:June 20th, 2008 14:41 EST
Internet Addicts - Top 10 List

Internet Addicts - Top 10 List

By Robert Paul Reyes

"Obsessive Internet use is a public health problem which is so serious it should be officially recognised as a clinical disorder, according to a leading psychiatrist.

British psychiatrists have previously reported that between five and 10 per cent of online users are internet addicts"

Quotation from Telegraph.Co.UK

I`m online at least six hours every day, but I don`t consider myself an Internet addict because I spend my time productively writing essays, doing research and googling "Britney Spears" "nude pics."

My blood pressure goes up, I sweat profusely and I start climbing the walls when I lose my Internet connection, but that`s a normal reaction for anybody who relies on the Net for his livelihood.

I`d rather have a reliable Internet connection than a social network of friends and family, but that`s not unusual in a high-tech society.

Now that I have established that I`m not in that five to 10 per cent of online users who are Internet addicts, let`s consider the top ten signs that you might be an Internet addict"

*If you say "LOL" instead of laughing at a funny joke, you might be an Internet addict.

*If you hurry up sex with your wife so you can chat online with LoverGirl69, you might be an Internet addict.

*If you sign your checks VirtualDudeLover06, you might be an Internet addict.

*If you had a fight with your wife because she won`t let you name your newborn baby girl "Mozilla Firefox 3", you might be an Internet addict.

*If you get into a funk because your number of Google hits went down, you might be an Internet addict.

*If you think that Matt Drudge is the most respected journalist of our generation, you might be an Internet addict.

*If you reach for your mouse during your sleep, you might be an Internet addict.

*If you rush home and check your email before you kiss your wife and hug the kids, you might be an Internet addict.

*If you enjoy messing around with Nigerian scammers more than you do having a conversation with your spouse, you might be an Internet addict.

*If the only way your children can get in contact with you is by sending you an Instant Message, you might be an Internet addict.