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Wasting time or not?

Question Posted Monday July 30 2012, 10:50 pm

M/17. I have reduced my video game playing drastically. It's been taken over by a newer "secret" hobby. In some ways it's good and beneficial. But I still feel like I'm using technology too much. This somewhat secret hobby is YouTube and poetry writing on my computer. I have like a whole archive of poetry on my computer. So what I do is upload the poetry to YouTube in like a digital OCD manner. It's very time consuming. Editing, promoting, and making sure everything is provided, like 1080p HD. I constantly sign in to check views and feedback (If any) Aside from that, I also make informational videos on near Earth objects. And the rest of my YouTube time is spent debating on science, philosophical, and music videos. I've actually learned A LOT on YouTube. Especially not to believe everything on there. So I debate and try to debunk. My parents don't know I spend my video game time doing this. They don't even know I write poetry. Ontop of all that, I hide my identity on the account. Is this a bad addiction?

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orphans answered Tuesday July 31 2012, 6:26 am:
You have to ask yourself: "Is technology taking over my life? Do I spend so much time on youtube, that I struggle to live a life outside of it?"

If so, then you have an addiction. But you don't really give much detail on how long you spend on it. If it's just an hour or two at the end of the day, then there's no problem. If however, you don't have a job, don't study, and spend your whole day doing this, then it may be damaging.

What I suggest you do, is slowly ween yourself off, if you feel that you are spending too much time on youtube. Spend your time reading, doing exercise, etc.

If you are really struggling, then it's time to seek professional help. Seek the help of a psychiatrist, psychologist, councilor, etc.

Youtube, and the internet are fascinating things. It can of course teach us a lot. But you must be a doer, not a watcher.

But I can't give you much more advice without knowing how much of your time exactly is going in to this.

Good luck!

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