Originally Posted by simonboy'smommy
then give us ideas on how to limit computer time (timer? etc)
The thing that has worked best for myself is to turn the computer completely off at the power strip when not in use. It saves electricity, so that's another plus. And it's not as easy as plopping down to point and click when you have to turn the whole thing on again and go through the first few screens.
Then, decide on a set amount of time AND a set number of times per day. Whatever you decide is not as important as actually deciding BEFORE your day begins how long you will spend on the computer and how many times you will turn it on in a day.
Let's say you decide on 30 minutes in the AM and 60 minutes in the PM. (And let's face it, even though you might look at that and think it's WAY too much...it's likely a whole lot less than the average addict is currently spending online.)
Whatever you decide on, write it down. SET A TIMER when your minutes begin, turn on the computer, enjoy. Flip it OFF when the timer goes off. Period. The end. No matter what you're in the middle of. Turn.it.off.
Lather. Rinse. Repeat.
The internet really can be an addiction, and it should be taken seriously if it's interfering with your real life relationships.
Another idea I've had before is to take the batteries out of our keyboard. They are a PITA to take out and put back in, so it made me VERY aware of how often I was getting on the computer. If your keyboard is plugged in to your computer, unplug it and take it as far away from the computer as you can in your house. Stick it on a high shelf and only get it out for your set number of minutes. Sounds crazy, but it works.
Heck, at one point, I considered asking DH to take the thing to work with him. How sad is that?