Can we talk about 4chan like it's an addiction?
I've stayed away for a few weeks. Came back.. found a bunch of threads opened in tabs. I just closed them all, and I realize how much of my productivity and free time 4chan sucks out of my day. Not to say that 4chan has anything to do with it, obviously my mind is making this problem for me, but still...
Let's have a semi-serious thread about "4chan addiction".. When did you first start coming here? What do you spend most of your time doing here? Do you consider this site a drain on your life?
Thought this might be a nice thread to have, although probably not original.
I first started coming to 4chan around early 2010, but never really posted anything until summer of 2014. I never really payed attention to notable events until Facebook bought the Oculus Rift. I spend most of my time on /v/. Is 4chan a drain on my life? I don't think so. I have no life, so I wouldn't be doing anything useful anyway. Yeah, I'm addicted. But I still like a few things about this place.
I came here in 2012. I did not particularly enjoy 4chan, but I kept on visiting anyway. Now it's just become so familiar I can't stop. I spent most of my time early on visiting random boards, but now I spend most time on /pol/ and /s4s/, and shitpost on /r9k/ because I hate that stupid place.
I have tried many times to quit coming here, but each time I realize how little I have to do compared to how much time free time I have. I'm bored of all my other hobbies and other internet communities I visit too, so I can't replace 4chan with those. And interestingly, whenever I come back, I feel like I did when I first came here, but that quickly passes.
I wouldn't say it's a drain on my life since I'm not doing anything at the moment, but at times it has been.
4chan is just a waiting room for me. I hope Hiro shuts it down someday. I don't like alt chans so I would be free, completely.
30 minutes ago I started my pc to do homework.
While it was booting (which takes just 30 seconds) I thought I could use this time to relax on my bed.
Now I'm still here lying on my bed. Browsing 4chan on my phone and didn't even see one funny or interesting thread.
I truly hate myself.
I cannot reasonably call 4chan an addition, any more than human-interaction is an addiction.
That is to say, I only communicate with other people through 4chan. The two people I email are people I "met" on /co/, nearly a fucking decade ago.
Maybe it isn't an addiction, but it is certainly a crutch.
I'll be honest I only come back due to sheer ease and quick response time. I use other sites because the 4chan userbase is extremely toxic and loves to blame everyone else besides themselves. However, I frequent drawthreads and got some cool things from them so I'll give credit to the few sane (hopefully) people on this godforsaken site. Used to love it alot as an edgy teenager but as an adult I just get upset every other post now.
I've been here for almost 12 years. I'm on here every single day I'm physically able to be so I know I'm addicted. I have no idea what I'd do if this place just suddenly vanished. Maybe I'd actually get a life instead of just wasting my life away drifting from board to board.
I first started coming here around 2006 in high school. By college in 2008 i was posting daily. At this point I feel like I don't know what other people do to pass time online. I pretty much have it open on my phone all day at work.
Are you me?
I can't even post anywhere else though, I feel like I have to watch my every move on traditional forums and seeing the vitriol of the internet firsthand here kind of makes me weary of anything that attaches my opinions to a username.
Also I'm so used to being surrounded by bikeshedding faggots I don't even feel like I can competently discuss my own interests anymore.
I think it's just a lack of having anything better to do to be honest. 4chan is a pretty awful website and I think most of us would agree with that.
The addiction just comes out of a lack of anything more rewarding to do. Which frankly is just fucking depressing. This is one of the if not the most toxic community on the internet and all I've got to do is be here.