The Computer - My Life

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One centre providing such treatment is Primrose Lodge , an addiction centre set in quiet, leafy countryside just outside Guildford. Staff there say they have seen a recent increase in patients seeking help for gaming addiction. Preece runs one-to-one and group sessions with patients at the centre, with a focus on techniques taken from dialectical behavioural therapy DBT. Other techniques include exercises to help change physical sensations and manage compulsive behaviours — something that could be as simple as a focused, structured breathing exercise, or plunging your hands into cold water — and processes to help people with confrontation, dialogue and communication.

Spotting the difference between obsession and addiction can be hard, Preece says, especially when it comes to gaming. Someone with a gambling addiction, he suggests, may be more easily able to tell that they had a problem, because they might be losing tens of thousands of pounds.

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Millions of people enthusiastically play games — and despite media scrutiny of popular games like Fortnite or Call of Duty, the vast majority of them are not addicted in any real sense. So, say you have a person with signs of clinical depression who uses gaming as a coping mechanism — it might look as though they have a gaming addiction. This could be something as simple as a leaderboard — where you can compare your gameplay with friends — or as varied as purchasable in-game content that allows you to enhance your character or make changes to the game experiences.

While early search engines like Alta Vista did an OK job of finding content, Google was a quantum leap forward.

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It's notion of using page popularity to rank search responses rightly dominated the market overnight. File sharing -- What began innocently with family photos sent back and forth has grown into a huge area of controversy. Nonetheless, the ability to share work documents, entertainment, and the product of our toils has been a great boon to business. The ability to share pirated movies and music has been a royal pain in the ass for the nation's performers, unfortunately. Online gaming -- I don't have a dog in this hunt, but I'm aware that the leap from gaming on the home television to joining a worldwide gaming community via the xBox and other systems has enthralled whole generations.

If it had existed when I was young, I'd have been addicted to it, I'm sure. I hope I would have had the sense to avoid internet gambling, though.

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That's an expensive addiction. Instant messaging -- Before I began using instant messaging, or IM, I didn't understand how it differed from e-mail.

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Now I think I do. If e-mail is a postal letter, IM is a note passed from hand to hand behind the teacher's back. IM is social, e-mail is professional. IM is, well, instant. E-mail is like, whenever. Online retailing -- In the aftermath of the dot-com disaster, pundits ridiculed the lack of profit of companies like Amazon AMZN.

Few of us foresaw just how much advantage online merchants would have, once they figured out logistics, database marketing, and the mechanics of the transaction. Today, I can buy a book for my Kindle with a couple of clicks of a button while soaking in my hot tub. I'm listening to some old Neil Young at the moment.

Not on television, though, but online, from sites such as Hulu. I could choose when and where to watch them, and the commercial interruptions were much shorter.

I'm living in the future again. Wireless access -- My wife has a BlackBerry. Wherever she goes, she can receive calls, check e-mail, access the internet, listen to tunes, watch movies, read books, pull up maps, and more. The world is in the palm of her hand. Social networking -- Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Goodreads -- suddenly I have hundreds of new friends and have reconnected with many more from the past.

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Borders don't matter, my income doesn't matter, my appearance doesn't matter, my age doesn't matter much. Google Chrome is how I browse the internet on my computer. I use Gmail for both work and personal email. I turn to Google for every question and search. Google Docs is the home of my story drafts, my half-finished zombie novel, and a running tally of my finances.

I use Google Maps to get just about everywhere. So I am shocked when cutting Google out of my life takes just a few painful hours. First off, it would be a huge security mistake; freeing up my email address for someone else to claim is just asking to be hacked. Update: While other companies recycle email addresses, many Googlers have informed me since this piece came out that Google does not.

Secondly, I have too many documents, conversations, and contacts stored there. The infinite space offered by the tech giants has made us all digital hoarders.

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This experiment is not just about boycotting Google products. One morning, I have a meeting downtown. Same thing with Lyft. There are no taxis around, so I have to take the bus.

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I wind up late to the meeting. Google is a behemoth when it comes to maps. According to various surveys , the vast majority of consumers— up to 77 percent —use Google Maps to navigate the world. In its Maps API, Google has long offered a free or very cheap product, allowing it to achieve market dominance. The more frequent effect of the Google block though is that the internet itself slows down dramatically for me.