That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore

Ok, so I just took the Internet Addiction Test. My favorite questions are as follows:

3. How often do you prefer the excitement of the Internet to intimacy with your partner?

1 = Rarely
2 = Occasionally
3 = Frequently
4 = Often
5 = Always

The internet over sex?? Who are these people?!

10. How often do you block out disturbing thoughts about your life with soothing thoughts of the Internet?

1 = Rarely
2 = Occasionally
3 = Frequently
4 = Often
5 = Always

mmmmmmmm....soothing thoughts of the internet....wait...really?

12. How often do you fear that life without the Internet would be boring, empty, and joyless?

1 = Rarely
2 = Occasionally
3 = Frequently
4 = Often
5 = Always

Boring? Maybe. Empty? NO

15. How often do you feel preoccupied with the Internet when off-line, or fantasize about being on-line?

1 = Rarely
2 = Occasionally
3 = Frequently
4 = Often
5 = Always

So, you fantasize about sitting in a chair/at a desk/couch? ISSUES!!

Apparently this can be a serious issue, according to the peeps at IAT. I can understand the internet being a distraction in the negative sense. I don't see it as anything else. I met my husband on the internet on a (really embarrassing site). I meet really fun people online via social networks that I have been friends with for years, and just recently accumulated some new ones.

Growing up, we were not allowed to have cable or the Internet. I think it was mostly because 15 years ago, the Internet was mostly porn. Whenever I would go to a friends home, it was a plus because they had the luxury of going online. The Internet was a mystery to me. Until I had my own Internet access, the mystery was gone and I discovered new things, new music, new friends I would have never met if it wasn't for going online. My mom has constantly 'warned' me the Internet is the Devil. Just like anything else that is abused, it can lead to some serious issues.

In the meantime, you take care of yourself and go for a walk, while I browse my Google Reader (hey, I scored a 48 so I am allowed).