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How to Wean Yourself Off an InfoBarrel Forum Addiction

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How to Ween Yourself Off An Info Barrel Forum Addiction

How to wean yourself off an InfoBarrel forum addiction is a question that most members who venture into the forum pages here at InfoBarrel will eventually have to ask themselves.

Many have come before us and they all return. For some reason there is a mechanical subconscious gravitational pull that attracts computer mice. And don't think you're immune just because you use a roller ball. They are just as prone to automatically return to the InfoBarrel forum.

Hard core members of TTKTIBFA, ( which stands for "Trying To Kick The InfoBarrel Forum Addiction") will all tell you it is just about futile.

There are however a few things you can do to limit how many hours a day you spend absorbing data and processing the abundance of information that the IB forum will smash into the spongy membrane that is the human mind.

First of all, you could refrain from turning on your computer. This is probably the only sure way that you will win this epic struggle. Then there is always the net pad and the I pad and the cell phone with web browser. I've even heard of people who use their BlackBerrys to stay in touch with the forum on trips and from work.

This is also a sure sign that you are addicted. When it seems that no matter how hard you try to abstain and how fast you run away, the draw of the friendly and evil bordering informational InfoBarrel forum will suck you back in.

So now we must abstain from all electronic devices, as well as any friends computer. Workings out too, because they may have access to the Internet and surely you would have to check your favorite thread just quick while your there.

I've actually thought of starting a support group for the people effected by TTKTIBFA. The problem came down to the place we would most logically meet would be the InfoBarrel forum, so I quickly dismissed that idea.

Many hours have gone into the thoughts I've had on this subject and the best advice I can give from all the thinking I've done, is for you to go to InfoBarrel and search for an article about forum addiction. Oh wait a minute that's probably how you got here.

OK so forgetting that last thought, where does this leave us? It leaves us knowing that once a member has ventured into the informational abyss of an InfoBarrel forum, the damage is done. getting them to quit the forum from that point will definitely at a minimum take a serious intervention.

Make sure you leave a comment here and at least that way you are typing somewhere besides the InfoBarrel forum, baby steps.

Don't give up because I have thought of one last way ow to wean yourself off an IB forum addiction. If you can read every thread on the site, then you will eventually know what they all say. Then and only then, after you've learned all there is to know, will you be totally rehabilitated.

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Comments

Jan 22, 2011 9:05pm
dpeach
:-) I'm not addicted. I don't have a problem. Why are you looking at me when you type this?
Jan 22, 2011 9:07pm
dreamaker
Hey if the keypad fits,
Thanks for the visit Dpeach hope it gets a chuckle.
Jan 22, 2011 9:18pm
manspaugh
Man...I tell ya! If I read every single thread on the site, then I'd have to create a bunch more to help people. Crap...how long has it been? Is there something new on the forum? I better go che
Jan 22, 2011 9:24pm
dreamaker
I think we should all switch to writing comedy it's a lot more fun then trying to make a buck.
Thanks for the visit.
Jan 22, 2011 10:04pm
Serenity2010
lol...great article. I'm just beginning my addiction.
Jan 22, 2011 10:48pm
dreamaker
Be careful it goes full blown in days, thanks for the visit hope you got a smile.
Jan 23, 2011 1:11am
pwarlick
This is absolutely brilliant. I do think we need a support group, but then we would just need a support group for our support group.
Jan 23, 2011 1:13am
dreamaker
Exactly pwarlick, thanks for stopping by and good luck with any IB forum addiction you may be having.(`;
Jan 23, 2011 10:15am
Philtrate
It was when I realised I was in the top 3 for comments after 6 months that I went cold turkey. I now only log on 10 x a day. (BTW, quick tip, use the blue REPLY link, it took me months to find it, too)
Jan 23, 2011 10:28am
dreamaker
Thanks Phil, one more reason for me to like the forum. lol
Jan 23, 2011 12:43pm
lifelearner
Dreamaker - awesome article. I have laughed briefly so as not to lose my focus of my fingers on the keys as I feverishly typed yet another IB tome. I squeezed this forum response in. As I read it, it gave me an idea for a spin off article. I will give you full credit for the inspiration. Thanks for keeping us grounded in reality. Bill
Jan 23, 2011 1:11pm
dreamaker
Thanks for the Visit Bill and glad I could offer a chuckle.
Jan 24, 2011 1:18pm
divaonline
Too much fun! Thanks for the laugh and what seems to be the first step in a humorous 12 step program for IB Forum addicts.
Jan 24, 2011 5:10pm
dreamaker
Yes, I hope to be the first to graduate from the program. I'm obviously not doing to good by looking at my forum post number,...
Thanks for the visit.
Mar 13, 2011 8:38pm
Introspective
"TTKTIBFA" lol! Too funny! Great job dreamaker!!
Mar 14, 2011 1:35am
Chomina
Funny stuff! It's good to know I'll have some company.
Mar 15, 2011 8:38pm
dreamaker
Thanks folks.
Mar 21, 2011 11:29pm
Venetia
Yes, NOW we need a support group for the support group that offers support to the original TTKTIBFA group that was originally addicted and afflicted and are seeking help and sneaking into all of AA's,NA's,OE's and all the A's groups, stealing their coffee and cigarettes because we have nowhere to meet BUT in the IB formuns! Too much. Thank you for a good belly laugh.
Mar 22, 2011 12:08am
dreamaker
Thank you
Venetia.
Glad to offer a lighter moment whenever possible.
This one's bad for me though, just look at my number! Oh crap I gotta get out of here.
Mar 30, 2011 12:55pm
MoGo
Good one! Thanks for the laugh. Now back to the forum....
Mar 30, 2011 1:03pm
dreamaker
Thanks Mogo, funny how they come in here and then right back to the forum, It's just to good a place to hang out.
Thanks for the visit!!!
Mar 30, 2011 1:07pm
Sookie
This is such a cool article! It made me laugh out loud... now back to the forum!!
Mar 30, 2011 1:31pm
dreamaker
Here comes and go's another one. Thanks for the visit Sookie, see ya in the forums. (`;
Mar 31, 2011 12:20pm
maddos
I haven't really checked out the forums yet...off I go
Mar 7, 2012 10:18pm
dreamaker
Be careful!!!
Apr 17, 2011 10:39pm
jswainst
I find myself logging into the forum several times a day now. I'm well on my way to addiction. :)
Apr 27, 2011 11:41pm
dreamaker
Careful it's a hard one to kick. Thanks for stopping by!
Apr 27, 2011 11:07pm
amberrisme
Lol. Too funny!
Apr 27, 2011 11:42pm
dreamaker
Glad you liked it amberrisme
Thank you for the visit/
Sep 13, 2011 9:48pm
CapstoneTrends
Awesome!
Feb 12, 2012 10:15am
dreamaker
IT is awesome and that's why we all get addicted. Thanks for stopping by.
Mar 18, 2012 2:02pm
alexiafeatherchild
I don't think I've developed an addiction to the forum... yet.
Oct 8, 2012 9:27am
dreamaker
Be careful it's only a matter of time. Thanks for coming by.
Mar 18, 2012 4:57pm
Lynsuz
I hadn't had the pleasure of seeing this before. Good article Dreamaker.
Oct 8, 2012 9:27am
dreamaker
Thank you Lynsuz, I appreciate the visit. Glad you liked it.
Oct 8, 2012 9:21am
EricP1027
Bahahaha I think that cartoon character says it all
Oct 8, 2012 9:28am
dreamaker
Just a look into my mirror EricP1027 Thanks for the visit.
Nov 28, 2013 3:17am
eileen
Great laugh, and yes the forum is helpful and normally helpful so off we go back to see what is happening. Writing is boring and by going to the forum its like getting a refreshing coffee...cheers
Nov 28, 2013 4:43am
RobertVanNorden
Thanks
Nov 28, 2013 8:02am
Ddraig
The Forum here is quite quiet compared to some so I only check in once every so often now. When I was here every day I would check inbetween every writing job I did.
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