Here's a tidbit:
Expert: Find Something Else To Do
POSTED: 3:57 pm PST November 16, 2004
UPDATED: 8:36 am PST November 17, 2004
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Soft addictions may not kill you, but some can kill your time and money.
Many people have addictions and don't even realize it.
"I check on e-mail all the time," Jill Smith said.
"I like noise in the house, so I put the TV on … all the time," Larry Fox said. "I would call it a soft addiction."
"These are things we are drawn to that really aren't the best for us, but we do them anyway," said psychologist Dr. Debra Moore.
"I think that if you're under stress or if you're bored, you're more likely to let yourself go on auto pilot and let yourself get into activities that really don't serve a purpose," Moore said.
Moore says that the addictions could take people away from things on which they should be spending time. She recommends finding something else to do or limiting the amount of time of the soft addiction, using a timer if needed.
The most common soft addiction for a teenager, according to experts, is a boyfriend or girlfriend.
Copyright 2004 by TheKCRAChannel.
The last comment made me laugh. First the whole "soft" addiction as applied to a person ... hahaha; but then I wondered if a boyfriend/girlfriend is a soft addiction, what does that make a spouse? How do you know what you want in a life-partner if you don't have some type of relationship while growing up? Anyhow .. that's not what I want to chat about.
I think we need group therapy. See, this place is considered a "soft addiction", and since that "really isn't the best for us" (see Dr. Moore's comments) ... why are we here? What do we get out of this place? What did you do before boards and the net? Are these things really so bad?
What other soft addictions do you have?