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    Hello Rift universe. I need your help. Im doing Internet Addiction for a Dissertation subject in uni, and one of my 4 methods of gathering data is with a survey. The link is below, it will take 2 mins, but if you guys could fill it out for me it would go a great way to helping me get my Degree and helping support my family in the years to come. Thank you!

    https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/L3LBC6S

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    In modern world, where every service; national, banking, logistic etc. goes/is in internet, we all are somewhat "addicts". Its not the internet what makes addict, but services, mostly social media. Peoples who dont use social media, easiest source for OSINT, rarely are internet addicts... imo.

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    There are many arguements that i have found, and my research has me fascinated atm. For example, many experts argue that there should be a cap on time spend, say 30 hours a week, and if somebody is over it, then they are addicts. But some people actually work online so its impossible.

    Social media is a killer, yes. But actually, the biggest source of internet addiction is online games addiction, such as your mmo's or facebook games. S/Korea if really suffering atm because of this, and its just a fascinating research topic.

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    Just a heads up from another student: your questions are rather leading. I don't think you can get accurate results if you keep the sections in that tell those who are taking it that they are addicted to the Internet. Good luck! Those quizzes are hard to make neutral!
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    Reposting this from your original thread:

    Took the survey but not sure how accurate your results will be. tell people the results before locking in the answers will scew it. If I rated as an addict I may be prone to change my answers because I'm not comfortable with it.

    You should also change the selection boxes to statements rather than yes/no.

    "I use the internet to escape reality" rather than "do you feel you use the internet to escape reality"

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    In my experience, what researchers will say a study is about and what the study is really about aren't usually the same. -Bias control.
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    I saw this posted in General discussion on another poster (I think? Seeing as this poster has only 1 post count) so even if people claim that specific surveymonkey thing is reliable, I'd be careful to click it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tavender View Post
    Hello Rift universe. I need your help. Im doing Internet Addiction for a Dissertation subject in uni, and one of my 4 methods of gathering data is with a survey. The link is below, it will take 2 mins, but if you guys could fill it out for me it would go a great way to helping me get my Degree and helping support my family in the years to come. Thank you!

    https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/L3LBC6S
    filled the Survey, still some questions where a bit dificult to understand.

    *3. How would you rate the issue of Online Addiction?
    how can a person that's really addicted to internet place a honest answer?

    *4. Do you believe that you are addicted to the Internet?
    when i was smokeing, i did not really thought i was addicted.

    Do you feel preoccupied with the Internet (think about previous online activity or anticipate next online session)?
    that's quite normal right, your brains are made to process error and trial, when i encounter a problem at work, i sometimes even think about it at home.

    Do you feel restless, moody, depressed, or irritable when attempting to cut down or stop Internet use?
    i never hear about people knowing they are depressed when they really are.?

    Have you lied to family members, therapist, or others to conceal the extent of involvement with the Internet?
    ? involvement of what? sex? internet? MMO???

    2. Now that you have learned that you come under Dr. Young’s veil of Internet Addicts, will this make you cut down your Internet time, or do you feel it isn’t an important issue?
    i have no idea what to fill in this???

    1. After answering the above statements and finding out where you are on the expert’s scale of internet addiction, how do you feel?
    I don't understand, a Addiction will alwas defend there adiction. right
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    I am a video game addict. My life for the past 15 years has been defined by a video game character played in an online fantasy world which I have defended in a manner in which disregards every aspect of my real life ... including my family. It wasn't until 2 weeks ago that I realized this. When my children (ages 13, 8 and 3) and my wife of 14 years all basically told me that they don't want to live with me because all I do is play video games and because of who I become when playing these video games.

    Video game addiction is real. It's as real as alcohol and drug addiction. It shares the same symptoms, it shares the same disregard of family and friends, and has the same end results as the aforementioned addictions. For almost 3 decades I have played video games. What once was a past time saving princesses from giant talking turtles has now resulted in a heart-wrenching reality that I now have a serious problem. Fights with my family have always resulted in "I've been gaming since we met and before you were alive, so deal with it" statements. I have every symptom that the survey lists. It's a problem, a real problem with real consequences. I am living this sad reality first hand.

    I have a successful career, a beautiful family, a nice home in a golf community and all the "toys" you can possibly imagine. Yet my gaming room has more net value than anything we own except my vehicles and home itself. For what? For internet fame? For success in a video game or personal accomplishments in a video game? To show off to my nerd friends how awesome I am because I have this crap? Is this what I have become? Is this really who I am?

    No. No it is not.

    Today, I've been free of gaming for 2 weeks. I troll forums of the games I played now until the subscriptions run out (at the request of my therapist) to help me wean myself off of the games and move forward with my life. Sounds crazy, but it seems to be working. I feel better, I'm sleeping better, I'm always in a good mood and I feel free. Life is good and things are looking up for me and my family. The real challenge is being able to hold off the urge to play games when there is nothing else to do. I have a long road ahead, but so far so good.

    If your loved ones are telling you that they're not happy with your gaming habits, or who you are when you're playing these games, step back and try to see it through their eyes for a moment. You may be headed in a direction that may cost you something that internet gold or E-Fame cannot buy. The thought of losing my family due to my so-called "needs" in a fantasy world scared the living crap out of me. Enough to say "enough is enough" and move on with my life.

    Laugh at me, call me names if you will ... but my addiction is as real as it gets ladies and gentlemen. Don't let it consume you to the point where you may lose friends or family because of it.

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    I have always upheld the idea that:

    A person who is addicted to online games, is no different than a person that would be addicted to Television, Alcohol, Drugs, Sex, Gambling etc.

    If you are prone to addiction in any form, you could become an addict to online games.

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    I've dealt with addiction on many levels, some I should not have lived through, and others that made life a living Hell. I am fully aware of addiction and it's issues and how it impacts others. I know volunteer time at hospitals and recovery centers to help others. The success rate of fighting addiction for life is as low as 5%, so, for every 20 addicts you meet, one will stay clean, the rest will not. So far, I'm a 5%er and hopefully that won't ever change.
    That's exactly what a hacker would say...

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    Alkii,
    I feel your pain mate, although i am younger, and so have been an addict for nearly 6 years, i have lost jobs, my family for a long time, my house, all through online game addiction. This is the reason i am conducting this research for my project, because i can relate to it, and i know what it feels like to go through it, so to what the other guys say, yes i am a bit biased, because i fundumentaly beleive this issue isnt talked about enough and that there arnt enough therapists qualified to help people with this form of addiction. My research is ongoing, but it will be published once its done, and my research is one of many pieces that will hopefully be taken to the American Psychiatric Association, because internet addiction is still not recognised as an addiction, but is seen as a form of OCD. I completely disagree with this, and will argue everyday of my life that it is an addiction that can be more severe than alcohol and drug addiction.

    Thank you to the people who did complete the survey, and to the person who said the link my not be legitimate, i posted the survey on two pages to try and get more respondents, but it got deleted on the general thread.

    Any more feedback is welcome, because i realise that maybe the way i have written it may not be the way you would have, but just try to answer them as best as possible. I feel very strongly about this issue, and anyone of you who helps complete the survey will mean my research is more credible. Thanks alot.

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    This person is the most clever troll EVER!
    I SEE THROUGH YOUR BRIDGE!

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    TBH, I refuse to classify anything as an addiction unless they can prove these is something outside of the victims control such as a chemical change in the body. Alcohol, Nicotine, all the other drugs out there (Yes, sex addiction is viable).

    Gaming? No, that's lack of self control I think.

    I cruise the forums at work when I should be working, am I an addict? No, I just would rather do that than work. Bad choice yes, addiction, no.

    Not to downgrade people who game beyond what is healthy for their lifestyle. I just don't think addiction is a proper label for it.

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