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Are Computers Addictive?

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    Are Computers Addictive?


    Professional counsellors say the problem with any addictive behaviour is there's no such thing as enough. For example, if a person is addcited to making $$$$, when the first $1M gaol is achieved it doesn't satisfy, so they think they need another ... and another ... and another ... ad infinitum.

    The psychiatrist Karl Jung says that addicted persons are trying to fulfill an inner psychic or spiritual need with the object of their addcition, whether it be material or intellectual, and it never works.

    So why do I want a third computer when I already have two that are over-kill for what I do?

    I don't do gaming, or even watch movies on my PCs. So why have I got an extreme mobo, that takes up to 48GB of RAM and can use SLI bridging for mulitple graphics cards, when I've only got 12GB of RAM & one graphics card? And an i7-960CPU that isn't extreme but can be over-clocked and comes up equal with the i7-965 extreme on the Futuremark Benchmark tests, when I don't even overclock it?

    Hmmmmmm? HELP! Could it be I just like supporting computer retailers?
    Last edited by poppa bear; 26 Apr 2012 at 18:29.

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    In life, many things at different times do not make very much sense. On the other hand, almost everything done with or on a computer, from setting it up to playing with it to using it for business reasons - that is all logical; there is complete structure and sense to it. So that's my reason for finding enjoyment with computing and I honestly do enjoy helping people if I and when I am able to.

    Sounds like your motherboard is a little more future proof then you intended but is that really a bad thing? Nah, not at all.

    I suggest you broaden your horizons in some way or another with computers. Do you like music? Start learning it then, and perhaps learn how to make amazing drum tracks with EZ-Drummer or similar. Start playing an instrument and record yourself with an SM-57 mic into a decent audio interface. Or if you want to play guitar or bass, you can record directly without a microphone to get started, using a program like Guitar Rig 5 to emulate any amp sounds and effects imaginable.

    Just an idea.
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    Your problem, Poppa Bear, is that you don't do gaming. I mean, if you're going to get addicted, at least get addicted to something that's fun and won't hurt you.

    Whoops, excuse me, some monsters have broken through on level 17...
    Last edited by Vince53; 26 Apr 2012 at 17:33.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GMan View Post
    In life, many things at different times do not make very much sense. On the other hand, almost everything done with or on a computer, from setting it up to playing with it to using it for business reasons - that is all logical; there is complete structure and sense to it. So that's my reason for finding enjoyment with computing and I honestly do enjoy helping people if I and when I am able to.
    Thanks for the input GMan. I made the post half tongue in cheek, and thought some members might have some humourous input, but hey, that's the most sensible reply I could have ever expected. You have actually verbalized my own motivation for my "love affair" with computers, which was floating around somewhere in the grey cells but I couldn't quite focus on it. On a more practical level, BPaying bills sure as hell beats lining up in a post office to pay a phone account, or power bill or whatever. Then there's online lodgment of tax returns and in Aussie, quarterly BAS, (Business Activity Statements). Yeah, long live the PC!

    Likewise when I have discovered a solution to a problem, and I can use that solution to help someone else I get an enormous amount of satisfaction from that. And I don't mean "showing off how good I am" ... even though I'd be a liar if I didn't admit there's probably a bit of that! Hell we're all human and like to be acknowledged with good reps. But in the sense of helping others, it brings out the better side of our human nature, so that's a big plus for PCs.

    I'll never forget knowing how frustrated and helpless I felt when I first started using Win98 at the age of 60, having never owned a personal computer in my life. I remember typing my first word document and accidentally hitting a wrong button and suddenly the whole text had moved two inches to the right of the margin ... and I freaked out! Anybody who helped me solve a problem was like a God from another planet! So why wouldn't I want to help someone who's stuck?

    I guess there's also the aspect of the challenge to understand and master the logic of what at times seems illogical behaviour of PCs. It seems to be in man's nature to conquer the unknown.

    Einstein stated that many of his biggest insights came when he was not thinking about a particular mathematical or physics problem, but when in fact he wasn't even thinking at all, but just relaxing and maybe doing something totally unrelated, like watching a beautiful sunset. It was like the sub-conscious, intuitive part of his brain was working on it while he was relaxing.

    I dont' know if you've had a similar experience, where you've had a problem of some sort or another with a PC, and when you haven't even got your PC switched on, suddenly the thought comes in out of left field to try a particular thing ... and it works! Even though you scratch your head and think: "Where the hell did that come from, because I have no particular expertise in that area?" That's happened to me frequently over the years. It's like some kind of subconscious associative learning. Which shows what an incredible computer the brain is, hey!

    Quote Originally Posted by GMan View Post
    Sounds like your motherboard is a little more future proof then you intended but is that really a bad thing? Nah, not at all.
    Whoooooo! That makes me feel good! And like Frankie Lane said in the song: "3:10 to Yuma" ... "Though there isn't a soul that I know there, and I haven't a reason to go there; When the 3:10 to Yuma leaves, I'll be there!"

    Likewise, though I haven't a reason to go there, now I almost feel justified in upgrading my CPU to an extreme 6 x core, 12 x hyperthreads! And I won't "blame it on the bosonova", I'll blame the forum! Triple LOL!

    Cheers PB
    Last edited by poppa bear; 26 Apr 2012 at 18:41.
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    poppa bear? Where is you server, your HTPC, your flux capacitor? You sure your not a nub?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vince53 View Post
    Yur problem, Poppa Bear, is that you don't do gaming. I mean, if you're going to get addicted, at least get addicted to something that's fun and won't hurt you.

    Whoops, excuse me, some monsters have broken through on level 17...
    Oh hell, now I am getting worried! I kinda burnt myself out on games. I played every Nintendo game that was ever invented on the big screen ... even staying up 24 hours straight one time until I got a perfect score on Formula One Grand Prix. Then there was Pilot Wings ... OMG I'm getting a migraine just thinking about it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Lonewolf View Post
    poppa bear? Where is you server, your HTPC, your flux capacitor? You sure your not a nub?
    Hey Mike, I'm showing my ignorance now, but I had to Google nub, an HTPC and a flux capacitor! I'm not even close to being an 'expert' on PCs. As someone once said, 'X' stands for nothing, and 'spurt' is what comes out of a tap under pressure! What I do know, I know well. But that's limited to the areas that have got my attention for personal reasons, or areas where I've had problems to solve.

    I know what a flux capacitor is in general electronic terms, but I presume you're referring to McFly time travel ... great movies? As for HTPC, not interested. Got a twin tuner Panasonic STB with 250GB hard drive, USB & HDMI inputs; plus ethernet connection, so can download free-to-air movies, and load songs, pics, etc, straight onto it. As for nub, see Post #6 above re Nintendo games.

    Back in 1981 when I was obsessed with radio model planes I went back to school and did a diploma in electronic engingeering, but that was so I could understand designing circuit boards for programmable RCs to make the plane loop, roll, etc. I never worked in the electronic industry per se, and once I'd climbed the mountain and achieved my personal goals, I gave electronics away. For some strange reason, even though we had to do a unit of basic computer programming, I never got into personal computers until the year 2000, at the age of 60, as mentioned in the post above ... unless you count Commodore 64 as a PC?

    In fact, I had determined never to let the hype of modern technology invade my personal space. However, a friend of my son was selling Win98 with all the fruit, for a basement bargain price. Despite solid resistance, I finally caved in and agreed to go halves with my son in buying his friend's rig. And thus began the magnificent obsession!

    Other obessions have included hunting, fishing, gambling, golf ...and the list goes on! Been an interesting ride!
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    OUTSTANDING Poppa bear!!!
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    Poppa Bear, I see part of your problem. You have never played Titan Quest.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Lonewolf View Post
    OUTSTANDING Poppa bear!!!
    Thanks Mike. I feel I sense a fellow enthusiast for life's adventures in you?

    Forgot to add, learned to fly light aircraft, and managed to crash the first solo landing by doing a ground loop. I ended up on the side of the runway, and followed protocol by radioing the tower to tell them I'd crashed and what should I do, even though I was in plain sight of the controllers. The guy in the tower bellowed at me: "Get the hell out of the f*#@&*g plane before it blows up!'' Bit of embarassment there, but overcame the fear barrier and went solo again.

    Quote Originally Posted by Vince53
    Poppa Bear, I see part of your problem. You have never played Titan Quest.
    Vince you're killing me! I don't even dare think of it, or I might end up like this pic:



    Upside is, I guess I'd die happy!
    Last edited by poppa bear; 26 Apr 2012 at 18:14.
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