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Help - I Can't Stop Browsing The Internet!

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David Silversmith
David Silversmith

How many articles on Voxy have you read? How much time did you spend on Facebook today? Do you get flustered when you are removed from Twitter? Well, all of these could be a sign that you suffer from Internet Addiction Disorder (IAD).

On the flip side, you might subscribe to the belief that IAD is just a myth - another way for somebody else, in this case counselors, to make money off the Internet. Regardless of your beliefs, there are some new websites that can help you control your Internet appetite or might even be used to control the Internet use of another family member.

You might start by taking one of these tests

Perhaps these are not highly scientific, but they might give you some insights or at least some fun conversation. If you show signs of addiction you could keep up-to-date with the research by reading this blog from the Center for Internet Addiction Recovery. And kudos to them for removing the subscription option on that blog and not tempting us RSS addicts.

But without having to see a counselor you could try out MinutesPlease.com. There are three ways you can use MinutesPlease:

  • Go to MinutesPlease.com, enter the URL of the site you want to cut down on use, set the time limit and the site will open that site only for that preset period of time.
  • Use the provided 10 minute bookmarklet which lets you instantly set 10 minute time limit for any web page you visit.
  • Setup time limits simply by making following changes to the bookmarks of the sites you visit too frequently
    • 5.minutesplease.com/facebook.com
    • minutesplease.com/19hr15m/voxy.co.nz
    • minutesplease.com/twitter.com (defaults to 10 m)

You could also consider KeepMeOut.com which works slightly differently:

  • Enter the URL of the website you visit too often in to provided field
  • Set how often you can visit the page  “Warn me if I go to more than once in 40 minutes” and click on “Submit” button.
  • KeepMeOut will create a bookmark which you would have to drag on to your browser and use it to navigate to that page from then onwards.
  • If you visit that site too frequently, KeepMeOut will give a warning.

I'm not sure what it means if you become addicted to either MinutesPlease or KeepMeOut - that might need a whole new classification!

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