The Sunday Times ran the juicy headline screaming out "Are you having an Internet affair?". It’s a set of 6 questions that readers can answer to determine if they are (having a high propensity of) having an affair. Being an avid blogger, I took the questions and realised that I am indeed having an Internet affair! In fact, it seemed like I am having an affair with everyone else!

So, let’s look at the questions together:

1 In the past week, have you spent more than three hours talking to an online friend?

Yes. In fact I spend more than 3 hours talking to any online friend

2 Do you look forward to your next communication?

Yes. To any of them.

3 Do you feel that your online friend understands you more than your partner?

I don’t have a partner yet, but it’s beginning to look as if any of them at any one time understands me pretty well.

4 Do you exit the screen if someone walks into the room while you are chatting?

Yes! This is an absolute Yes! In fact, I use the shortcut Start-D or Start-M to hide all things ultra fast!

5 Do you tell your online friend more about your thoughts, feelings, achievements and disappointments than your own partner?

Yes! Oh yes, at any one time, they are the only ones I tell.

6 you think about sending your online friend photos, talking on the phone or meeting for coffee?

Yes!!!!! We meet for coffee almost every other day!

Shucks! And who are these people that I am talking about? RidzDKTianhongAliceNicoleEdmund… and the list goes on!

*faintz*

Are *you* having an Internet affair?!

Are you having an Internet affair?

If your answer is ‘yes’ to these questions, you are having an Internet affair.

1 In the past week, have you spent more than three hours talking to an online friend?

2 Do you look forward to your next communication?

3 Do you feel that your online friend understands you more than your partner?

4 Do you exit the screen if someone walks into the room while you are chatting?

5 Do you tell your online friend more about your thoughts, feelings, achievements and disappointments than your own partner?

6 you think about sending your online friend photos, talking on the phone or meeting for coffee?

WHERE TO SEEK HELP

Touch Cyberwellness Centre: 6273-5568

Institute of Mental Health: 6732-6837 (6-R-E-C-O-V-E-R) or visit www.imh.com.sg and go to ‘community addictions management programme’.

Online: Centre for Internet Addiction Recovery in the United States at www.netaddiction.com

Article obtained from straitstimes.com on 20th April 2008



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