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sagas  ·  3083 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Trying to break an addiction to a site? :cough: reddit :cough: Block it from your phone.

Unfortunately I lack a smart phone and data plan so I have never been a mobile browser.

I tried installing a filter in Chrome, but I always ended up either just going around it or simply pouring my time into something else online (YouTube, 4Chan, etc.). It was like playing whack-a-mole. I would block a site only to have this sort of nervous itch to browse. It didn't matter what I browsed, it just has to be online and distract my attention form whatever was at hand.

I spend an unhealthy amount of time online, probably 7-10 hours a day during the week and 15-20 hours during the weekend. I feel like it is a serious handicap. I find it really hard to apply myself for any significant length of time. for me, doing homework or studying for a test before 9:00 pm the night before is almost unheard of. As a result, I often stay up until 2:00 am or later doing work only to wake up at 7:00 or 8:30 am the next day. I have tried so hard to stop, but at times it really feels like I can't.

user-inactivated  ·  3083 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I've definitely been there. I used to use Chrome Nanny but it was a bit too easy to disable the block so it didn't really work for me.

I have definitely cut down on my internet time, mostly by reading a lot more books. I recently realized that well known authors are well known for a reason most of the time, and they have much more interesting things to say than the average blogger or forum poster. Don't get me wrong, I still spend a lot of time on forums but I do feel a little more balanced recently and not so overstimulated by /u/_____'s very-important-out-his-ass-opinion regarding Iraq.