Just gotta read these books real quick.
Book: Internet Addiction: How To Stop Wasting Your Time In Front Of Your Computer And Start To Live A More Fulfilled Life The Real World
Author: Jonathan Orden
Reviewer: Jonny NoSurf
First off, what is with ebooks having enormous names? Longer than my dong. Jokes, just like Dirt Nasty I have a baby dick.
Anyways, this ebook is signifcantly longer than Sarah Woodman’s book, a whopping 48 pages versus Woodman’s 26. Once again, it’s Jonny NoSurf’s 4 hightlights. Let’s go!
1. Causes for internet addiction. (Page 17). Jonathan Orden uses Chapter Three to outline four causes for internet addiction. Jonathan Orden shines in this chapter. For each individual cause of internet addiction (such as loneliness, or a need for control), he writes a fantastic fictional short story of a character with an issue, who uses the internet to deal that problem in the short term, but in the long run the internet is only a crutch, preventing any real personal growth that would ultimately conquer the challenge.
2. How to Actually Conquer Challenges. . (Page 36) Jonathan Orden uses Chapter Four to…what….actually solve problems? If you’re lonely, go meet people IRL? Dang. If you can’t get laid, learn game and actually get laid? Dang. If you have no control over your life…take control? Wow. Letting suckers know! Tough love for soft people.
4. Write Down Missed Opportunities. (Page 52). Towards the end of the book, Orden gives us this gem. I’ll quote the paragraph verbatim because it is just so excellent:
“Write down what you are missing out on while you are planted in front of the computer. Perhaps it is lunch with a friend to catch up, time spent with your kid, cooking dinner from scratch, reading a book, gardening…It could be anything you enjoy that you don’t do because of your compulsive need to turn on the computer. Keep that list handy.
Now, next time you want to sit at your desk browsing grab the list. Pick something off that list and do it.”
This is what I have to emphasise to myself with my internet addiction, and want to pass on to the younger generation as well. Life feels long at the beginning, but it is actually extremely short. You only get to be 18 once. You only get to be 23 once. At some point you’re gonna wake up and be 45 and married. Imagine that. Maybe you have a dumpy car and a dumpy house. Maybe you have a dumpy wife. Is there anything you’d do differently? My life is phenomenally different at 24, than it was at 20 when I first found r/nofap and r/nosurf. I have had so many random experiences and tried so many things that I never would have on my old trajectory. Last year, on a Saturday at midnight, my niece wanted to go to Detroit for no reason. And you know what? I was game. I cruised all the way to a Dunkin Donuts drive-thru somewhere in that urban wasteland, and we happily drove back to Canada with two terrible hot chocolates in the cupholders. Life is an all-you-can-eat buffet, and then you die.
4. The Conclusion. (Page 54). On the last page of his book, Orden leaves us with:
“I know this is an e-book. I know you had to go online to find it, to buy it, and maybe even to read it. Let this experience be an object lesson for the last thing I said. You went online to find help for your addiction to being online.
The internet was the means but freedom is the end.
Go now. Enjoy your life.”
Hard to argue with that. There are a few reasons I decided to create this website. One of the reasons was, that the best place to find internet addicts is online. Probably hanging around the Google searchbar, asking things like “how to quit the internet.”
At 48 pages, is it worth $3.30 Canadian? For myself, I’d say it was worth it. But being a dork, I have a very large annual book budget. Overall, I give it a B+
Try not to waste your youth on the internet this week,
“Internet Addiction: How To Defeat Internet Addiction and Problematic Use”
by Sarah Woodman
I honestly wish I wrote this ebook, as it covers a huge chunk of what I want to say, in only 26 pages. Haters might say “lol that’s too short”, but in the immortal words of Detroit, “Haters gonna hate, but haters ain’t paid.” Here are my highlights, the top 4 insights Sarah Woodman makes.
1. Types of internet addictions. (Page 3). Woodman’s definitions aren’t perfect, in her words she lists them as
-Cybersex addiction: Internet porn, one of my old vices, which r/nofap has plenty to say about)
-Cyber-relationships addiction: Online dating, excessive use of social networking
-Compulsive Internet use: Compulsive addiction to online video games, online gambling, online shopping
-Computer addiction: This is the obsessive compulsive playing of popular offline games
-Information Overload: Obsessive web surfing which leads to a decrease in productivity at work and in your social interaction.
Her descriptions aren’t perfect, but they are at least an attempt to lay some ground rules for a topic that most “experts” won’t touch. Aside from that this, the book is solid.
2. Risk Factors. (Page 6). Woodman lists a bunch of risk factors for internet addiction, some of them being as anxiety, depression, a desire to belong, and stay-at home moms. I would add students to that category, as well as loneliness.
3. Signs and Symptoms that you’re addicted to the internet. (Page 10). I don’t want to give away her whole book, but she lists 15 signs and symptoms which I and other addicts can definitely relate to.
4. Helping Others with Internet Addiction.(Page 24). Woodman offers advice to friends and parents of internet addicts. I strongly believe that addicts are responsible for their own behavior and that only they can decide to change. That being said, it does give good advice to parents and friends to help addicts that have made the firm decision to start a new life.
With the title of the book being so strong, “How To Defeat Internet Addiction”, it better come swinging. After reading it a second time (Pretty easy at just 26 pages), I can confirm that it does go hard like Gucci mane.
Final Mark: B+
Those are four highlights I would pass on to anyone reading this book. For any of you who have read it, please leave your take on it in the comments. If you haven’t read this book, I will *cough cough* discreetly drop my Amazon link.
Have fun out there with your asphalt and offices,