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Message 1767460 - Posted: 25 Feb 2016, 8:22:20 UTC

Over the years, I’ve read a number of articles on the topic of Internet addiction. And I’ve noticed that a number of these articles are written by women about victims who are primarily men. While I’m certain that Internet addiction is a real phenomenon, I wonder if it might be dangerous to jump at this diagnosis too soon in all cases. There could be a far more insidious disease process at work. This is my rationale.

Years ago - long before the Internet and even before the advent of radio and television, many men found that they enjoyed going fishing by themselves. Wives and girlfriends left at home began referring to themselves as “fishing widows.” Later, with the advent of radio and television, many men found that they enjoyed listening to or watching sporting events by themselves. Wives and girlfriends left alone began referring to themselves as “football widows,” “baseball widows,” or “basketball widows.”

Then came the Internet. And many men found that they enjoyed surfing the web by themselves. But this time, wives and girlfriends refused to accept their widowhood gracefully. Instead, they began suggesting that their men must be “ill” and in need of a “cure.”

Therefore, it’s possible that some of these men might not suffer from Internet addiction at all. Instead, they might be suffering from a disease I refer to as “widow’s syndrome” - a disease forcing men to endure guilt trips laid on them by wives or girlfriends for the crime of finding pleasure outside their company.
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Message 1767574 - Posted: 25 Feb 2016, 21:11:18 UTC

Those poor guys :(
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Message 1767702 - Posted: 26 Feb 2016, 6:46:09 UTC

Professor that was well put . hehehehehehehe

Off cause you could say that men need to be by them self's because of the hunter gatherer thing . Stalking animals needs quiet and patience .

And then there's the Men are from Mar's and women are from Venus idea that men can only speak 3-5,00 words and females speak 9-12,000 words so men just switch off.

And then again you can say we , both you and me are just MSP's as we both understand what you where saying


"WOMEN FOLK "give your man some quiet self time lest he say "F this I've had enough all she does is nag me , I'm outa here " hehehehehehehehe

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Message 1767807 - Posted: 26 Feb 2016, 15:31:33 UTC - in response to Message 1767702.  

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"WOMEN FOLK "give your man some quiet self time lest he say "F this I've had enough all she does is nag me , I'm outa here " hehehehehehehehe

Considering some of the comments on this thread, I'd say those ladies would be better off without them.

Just a reminder that plenty of women do post here, try to remember that before insulting us.
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Message 1767812 - Posted: 26 Feb 2016, 16:07:37 UTC - in response to Message 1767807.  

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"WOMEN FOLK "give your man some quiet self time lest he say "F this I've had enough all she does is nag me , I'm outa here " hehehehehehehehe

Considering some of the comments on this thread, I'd say those ladies would be better off without them.

Just a reminder that plenty of women do post here, try to remember that before insulting us.

I was being sarcastic with my comment, i'll try to be more clear in future.
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Message 1767823 - Posted: 26 Feb 2016, 16:59:30 UTC - in response to Message 1767812.  

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"WOMEN FOLK "give your man some quiet self time lest he say "F this I've had enough all she does is nag me , I'm outa here " hehehehehehehehe

Considering some of the comments on this thread, I'd say those ladies would be better off without them.

Just a reminder that plenty of women do post here, try to remember that before insulting us.

I was being sarcastic with my comment, i'll try to be more clear in future.

Unfortunately sarcasm doesn't always work on text based forums.
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Message 1767860 - Posted: 26 Feb 2016, 18:50:34 UTC

Genus perspective.
Here on average, we spend 21.6 hours per week on the internet, men slightly more (23.4 hours) and women a little less (19.1 hours). Men spend more time on the Internet at home, at work and in school than women. Women spend somewhat more time with the Internet on mobile phones than men (8 and 7.7 hours a week).

65 percent of all women visit sometime social networks, 48 ​​percent do so daily. The corresponding figures for men are 64 percent at some time and 39 percent daily. Most frequently are the young women (16-25 years) where 86 percent do so daily.
55 percent of all women also use social networking on mobile phones at some point, and 43 percent do so daily. The corresponding figures for men are 51 percent at some time and 34 percent daily.
30 percent of women and 20 percent of men using Instagram sometime. It's the youngest girls (12-15 years) who takes on Instagram, 64 percent of them are there every day.
62 percent of all women and 60 percent of men are on Facebook. 47 percent of women and 38 percent of men use Facebook daily.
On Twitter, however, the men in the majority. 20 percent of men and 15 percent of all women use Twitter any time. As for daily use, the difference is not as big (6 and 5 percent respectively).
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Message 1767871 - Posted: 26 Feb 2016, 19:03:43 UTC

I have accessed the internet since early in it's existence. Most of my internet time is spent watching the various forums I participate in ranging from slot cars to science forums. I spend very little time in places like Facebook and I don't even know what twitter is. I like the access to technical information and historical documentation. I used to participate in online flight sims but they are mostly gone by now. I think I spend more time at my computer offline than online. My one and only wife had already left before the internet became popular so I don't know whether she would have considered herself an internet widow or not. I do think men and women need to spend time away from their significant other and I would think that most women would rather their husbands spend their time at a computer screen than out at bars chasing other women.
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Message 1767880 - Posted: 26 Feb 2016, 19:36:25 UTC
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I receive a lot of mail on my two accounts, but it is mostly spam. I get a lot of spam mail from France, God only knows how they arrived at one of my accounts. They are sent from an address which is ex.IP, where x can be any number. Even if I block e1.IP I shall get mail from e2, e3, e4 etc. They must have a script which manages to vary addresses if it finds one blocked.
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Message 1767911 - Posted: 26 Feb 2016, 22:33:50 UTC - in response to Message 1767823.  

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"WOMEN FOLK "give your man some quiet self time lest he say "F this I've had enough all she does is nag me , I'm outa here " hehehehehehehehe

Considering some of the comments on this thread, I'd say those ladies would be better off without them.

Just a reminder that plenty of women do post here, try to remember that before insulting us.

I was being sarcastic with my comment, i'll try to be more clear in future.

Unfortunately sarcasm doesn't always work on text based forums.

And someone saying that a woman would be better off without a man based on the three words and a sadface he wrote is unfortunate.
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Message 1767943 - Posted: 27 Feb 2016, 0:55:34 UTC - in response to Message 1767807.  

Good to see you can take a joke Ess :)

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Message 1767955 - Posted: 27 Feb 2016, 1:37:47 UTC - in response to Message 1767943.  

Good to see you can take a joke Ess :)

Of course I can, Darth!

..but they do have to actually be funny. :)
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Message 1768585 - Posted: 29 Feb 2016, 11:52:01 UTC

Internet has nothing to do with real life, poor guys indeed.
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Message 1769104 - Posted: 3 Mar 2016, 0:54:14 UTC

Once a long time ago the humble Telephone was the life line .

A man used a phone for a few minutes and women folk used it all day . average call length 1 hour

Only men get in on it now , but there are more choices , women still chat, talk gossip

men play games or look for information
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addiction !!! maybe if you got to much time on your hands and a boring life

Otherwise it's part of life these days , you wouldn't get caught without your mobile phone , addiction !! or the fact it can save your life ?

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Message 1769574 - Posted: 4 Mar 2016, 21:21:30 UTC

Dagny Carlsson is 103 years old and may well be the world's oldest blogger. When Dagny was 93 years she inherited a computer and learned to use it on her own. She has also held a course in computer management for the elderly.
The computer she calls for a company and she tells us how much it has meant to her.
- It allows you to keep in touch with friends and family, it is indispensable.
Here is her blog:) http://www.123minsida.se/Bojan/
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Message 1770049 - Posted: 6 Mar 2016, 16:26:21 UTC - in response to Message 1769574.  
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Dagny Carlsson is 103 years old and may well be the world's oldest blogger. When Dagny was 93 years she inherited a computer and learned to use it on her own. She has also held a course in computer management for the elderly.
The computer she calls for a company and she tells us how much it has meant to her.
- It allows you to keep in touch with friends and family, it is indispensable.



That's awesome! My mother, who will be 80, got started on computers around 1992-ish. I encouraged her to get one, and while she readily admits she got so frustrated learning how to use it she "wanted to throw it out the window", she grew to love it, and even today, with her constant tiredness and dementia symptoms, she keeps up(with my help) her computer habit. :~)
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Message 1770670 - Posted: 10 Mar 2016, 3:38:00 UTC - in response to Message 1767702.  
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Darth Beaver wrote:

Professor that was well put . hehehehehehehe


This was actually a "summary" of an op-ed article I got published in U.S. News & World Report magazine back in the early 1990s - in response to an article on the topic written by a female psychologist. And the editor who bought it was female (grin). Didn't get paid much but, heck, money is money.

Interesting side note to all this. At the time I wrote the op-ed, my wife (now, ex-wife) was constantly nagging me with comments like, "Playing on your computer again?" whenever she saw me sitting in front of it. Before I finally divorced her (long story), I swear I didn't spend much time at all surfing the web. And I don't even do that now. Most of my computer time was spent writing short stories and articles, some of which were published for $$$ in magazines like Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, Pirate Writings, and others. By the time I moved out, I'd brought over $5,000 of income into our home by playing with my computer. And every time I got a check, I gave it to her to cash. Even so, after about a week's worth of peace, she'd start the nagging again.

Anyway, when I saw that article in U.S. News & World Report, I just had to respond to it.

P.S. Note that I don't hate my ex and she doesn't hate me. We just both came to the realization that we couldn't live under the same roof in peace. We still communicate regularly by phone but (grin) live about 75 miles apart. And this Saturday (the 12th), I might be creating a monster, hehehe.

On a call last month, she was complaining that her overseas landline phone calls were costing her 89 cents a minute. I told her that on my phone (MagicJack), I could make those same calls for 15-21 cents a minute. She was real interested in that.

So (grin), I got her a refurbished Win7 Pro laptop, a MagicJack (already tested by me), and a cheap phone - with $40 put into her "international calls" account. And this Saturday, I'm driving down to her place to give her a tutorial on how it all works (probably, a day-long tutorial, hehe). I figure that by the end of the next week, she'll be spending a lot of time playing on her computer. The difference is that I won't nag her about it (snicker).
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Message 1770674 - Posted: 10 Mar 2016, 4:27:33 UTC - in response to Message 1768585.  
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Julie wrote:

Internet has nothing to do with real life, poor guys indeed.


Certainly, the Internet should not be an all-consuming vehicle. But in the 21st Century, the Internet is "part" of real life. I live in a rural area where the nearest shopping center is 16 miles away. And in my area, there are no night spots either ... just a small cafe, a mom/pop grocery store, and a post office (and we're darn lucky to have that post office the way things are going). In short, I do a lot of business on the web. Amazon.com and other online retailers are the only places I can acquire certain things - unless I want to waste a lot of gasoline and time.

So, while the Internet might not be "real life" to you, there are some people to which it's a necessary part of real life. Have some sympathy (grin).

P.S. BTW, I couldn't help but notice something. According to your sidebar notes, you've been a member of this forum since October 2009, have made 32,476 posts to it, and have 6,642,401 BOINC credits. I, on the other hand, have been a member of this forum since August 2003. But I've only made 8 posts to it and only have 948,564 BOINC credits. Between the two of us, who would appear to be the real Internet addict? Just sayin' ... (grin).
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