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My Addiction to Internet Success

Updated on December 18, 2012
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I don’t quite have an addictive personality, but it’s certainly borderline.

I can separate myself from the things that I love if I need to; however, my definition of “need” can waver at times.

If there is a food I am craving, more than likely I will go for it. If I wake up in the morning and don’t want to exercise, I’ll probably still exercise because I’m used to it. I don’t like to take vacations from work because I enjoy the routine of checking my e-mails and getting things done.

However, the one thing that I could fault myself for is my addiction to my presence on the Internet.

For most of my profiles on certain websites, I have built up my contributions to a significant level. I start out for fun, but after a while it’s difficult for me to remove myself.

For example, see my accounts below on:

On HubPages, I’ve driven myself to become an Elite and earn a HubScore of 100 every now and then – even though it took quite a bit of effort to build up enough comments and Hubs to do so. On Yelp, I’ve taken it upon myself to write reviews and add friends until I became a Yelp Elite. Additionally, it became a quest of mine to attain the Gold level after taking enough language lessons and submitting enough reviews.

Why do I do this? I wonder myself sometimes and would love some insight from others who know of others who do this, or if they do themselves.

There are a few reasons I could surmise for why this occurs:

  • Competitiveness – I can be competitive sometimes… but only if it’s something I know that I can succeed in.
  • Legacy – I want to be recognized by others. Also, when you’re at the top, people ask you for help, and I love trying to help people.
  • Benefits – I’ve found there can be some real perks to doing well on sites like these. As a Yelp Elite, I get invited to Yelp parties, get to try free food and get free things like lunchboxes and flipbooks. I can try to win free tickets to events and more. HubPages has contests for the very eager Hubbers. Livemocha allows me to improve my German language skills – without having to pay for a tutor or class.
  • Occupation – It kills me to have a free moment when I know I could be on HubPages earning income, etc. These free moments are much more frequent now that I’m out of school.

I do try to separate myself to the point where I’m not the best. I do want to try to maintain a life outside of the Internet, and I feel I do that quite well. However, sometimes I wonder what would become of me if I were to lose everything I had… You always have the Internet!

I would love to hear from others who have this same addiction. Thanks for stopping by!


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      Kymberly Fergusson 4 years ago from Villingen Schwenningen, Germany

      I have a similar 'problem'! It's hard not to take it personally when traffic numbers are a less than expected, or when a language partner doesn't turn up, but I'm learning.

      However, when the internet connection is down (rarely), I really relax, cooking, reading, and writing for me - much less stressful!

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      Jameshank 5 years ago from Japan, NY, California

      Glassvisage, there are certainly worse addictions, so you're in good shape, I think. And thanks for turning me on to LiveMocha.

      Congrats, as well on finding fulfillment online.

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      Iintertrans 5 years ago from New Delhi

      Dear Glassvisage no doubt your addiction has given you a perfect score and the satisfaction you need from writing.

      I am proud be associated with you and i had liked your writing as really nice.

      You are right in saying that you started it for fun and became serious later on with the activities mounted. That is what happens with many in this online writing.

      I'm sure many will be inspired by your this hub.

      voted useful

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      glassvisage 5 years ago from Northern California

      Thank you all! Cathleena, I've never heard of Knol, but I'll be sure to keep my eyes out for it!

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      Cathleena Beams 5 years ago from Lascassas, Tennessee

      Loved reading this hub. It fits so many of us here. I haven't tried Yelp or Livemocha yet. You've caught my interest in them now though. I'll be googling now to see what they're like. I tried Knol this week too. Waiting (up to two weeks it says) to get Adsense ads approval. Not happy about that since I already have Adsense, and Knol and Adsense are both owned by Google, so really, it may take two weeks?!! Nice to meet you, Glassvisage. Great hubs!!! :o)

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      LailaK 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Your addiction is an inspiration to others! Thanks for sharing!

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      noosrath 5 years ago from United states

      Very interesting and inspiring hub glassvisage. Thanks for share it.

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      Karen N 5 years ago from United States

      I'm certainly addicted as well. On the rare day that my internet is down I usually don't know what to do with myself. :)

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      sassyabby1 6 years ago from ATL

      Congrats on your Perfect Profile Score glassvisage! Hard work and focus pays off.

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      Pete Fanning 6 years ago from Virginia

      I can see how it's addictive after only a few weeks...Enjoyed your Hub!!!

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      glassvisage 6 years ago from Northern California

      Thank you all for your comments!

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      Jeanne Grunert 6 years ago from Virginia

      Interesting and unexpected take on this topic. Thanks!

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      Cathy 6 years ago from Louisiana, Idaho, Kauai, Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri

      I enjoyed this Hub. I think it's interesting how with being on HubPages, you have to ask yourself (especially when writing is a passion), why there didn't seem to be enough time to research or write, and now there is. Nothing wrong in making language and perfecting articulation an addiction.

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      Catherine Simmons 6 years ago from Mission BC Canada

      Hey glassvisage, you've done well to have lasted for 4 years..and on other sites too?! Where do you find all the time? :-)

      This is fun though, and a nice hobby for rainy days, it exercises the mind!!

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      glassvisage 6 years ago from Northern California

      Mike, thanks for sharing. I know that I turned to HubPages when I didn't have a job, and I think it really helped me out. I'm glad you've found success - thank you for your comment, and my best to you for the future!

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      Mike Pugh 6 years ago from New York City

      Hi, glassvisage my name is Mike, & I've joined over 50+ social networks so far. I also develop sites myself, the internet seems to be the only place I can turn to for a possible remedy to our lives facing defeat when it comes to financial gain. Since the economy took a dump I decided to hit the internet hardcore, & try to develop my own business online. Luckily I found awesome tools to make it become a reality, as for social networking it's tough to get attention from folks especially when everyone else is doing the same as you there. I give it my all and wish for the best, that's all I can do for now.

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      glassvisage 6 years ago from Northern California

      Thank you all for your comments! I appreciate you stopping by. MsKejci, thank you, and my advice is just to go nuts on HubPages - write quality Hubs (take time writing and developing them, and make sure they are topics that people search for online), and go make comments on Hubs and in the Forums. The more I become involved on HP, the more success I've found :)

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      lzlpio90 6 years ago

      wow, you are quiet persistent in any ways. i haven't yet tried to stay longer in a certain website, except for facebook.. But im really looking forward to last long here in hubpages. I can see much more opportunities and chances here...

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      glassvisage 6 years ago from Northern California

      Thanks for your comments! Don, you're on the way and you're already doing well for one Hub! :)

      Ripplemaker, you've always been an inspiration to me!

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      Michelle Simtoco 6 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi :) I remember I got addicted to making websites...and I didn't know a thing about it. I don't know I just liked the creating part. As for the writing, I wish I have more time to write. But I do enjoy doing it and getting feedback and making a difference by inspiring people.

      I enjoyed reading your hub glassvisage and wish you well! To your internet success! :)

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      njsdms 6 years ago

      This is a very inciteful article,I am sure a lot of people can relate to this theme, including myself.

      As we know most people never make any money online.

      Keep up the good work.

      Don Stone @ njsdms

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      glassvisage 6 years ago from Northern California

      Thank you all for your comments and kind words! Hello hello, my revenue has gone down, but I'm going to stick around!

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      Injured lamb 6 years ago

      A self confidence girl is what I found in this hub of yours and the reasons you surmise yourself impressed me actually deserve what you have done...great done, keep it up!

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      Jimmy Evola 6 years ago from Australia

      Sorry that should be "healthy"

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      Jimmy Evola 6 years ago from Australia

      Great hub, i think its a reasonably health addiction

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      CMHypno 6 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

      Trouble is I would have to stop to see if I was addicted? Interesting hub glassvisage, and thanks for sharing

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      Philipo 6 years ago from Nigeria

      This is great. Thinking out of the box.

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      Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you, glassvisage, for this encouraging hub. I am too addicted so much so I wrote a hub about it. However,since the Goggle wobble I am disheartened. My clicks are going down like the Titanic. I will now follow you lead and Judy's and hopefully I get them up again. I am glad I found you both.

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      leann2800 6 years ago

      I'm new but I am developing this addiction.

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      Judy Cullins 6 years ago from La Mesa, CA

      As to limited or big success, I just wrote a blog on "What Obstacles Hold you Back from Your Book Dream?


      It will go up next week on my bookcoaching site if you choose to take action!

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      glassvisage 6 years ago from Northern California

      Thank you all for your comments! Like Judy said, anyone can reach success! I'm still nowhere near as "successful" as some other Hubbers here! Upal, thank you for your good words.

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      Jessica Rangel 6 years ago from Lancaster, CA


      I loved this hub! So inspirational. Makes me want to be the next success story on hubpages.

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      Judy Cullins 6 years ago from La Mesa, CA

      Any of you can learn from me. Just visit my bookcoaching site to get all my free, useful book and business writing marketing. I can short cut your success time in half! Also, when you get a chance, visit judy cullins at my FB or Linked pages.

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      prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I should learn from you. Very inspiring hub. This was an addiction in a good way. Very rare people can stand for 4 years like you. Thanks for share with us. I get new motivation after read this hub. Success for you!


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      Ashraf Mir 6 years ago from Dhaka

      Fruitful addiction turns one generous for sharing knowledge. Thanks for the sharing.

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      glassvisage 6 years ago from Northern California

      Judy, that's amazing! Thank you so much for sharing this here on this Hub - just reinforcing the point of how beneficial it can be to invest your time online! Congrats!

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      Judy Cullins 6 years ago from La Mesa, CA

      Thanks for the great read. I'd have to say I'm addicted too. why? Because of all the great results, especially from Linkedin. My traffic went from 2000 to over 4500 in just 3months on LInkedin and my blog. My 14 book sales doubled, and my social media and other book and business coaching filled my slots. I alo got 3 big Joint Venture partnerships by being interviewed--great place to sell my books and get book coaching clients. And, from forming my own book writing and marketing group, I have become a thought leader in my fields. Sorry I left Hubpages to instead write my blog post, now numbering 170. I did it because Google puts my posts high in first page or two--I keep my traffic up this way.

      If you want to Google Judy Cullins at FB, Twitter or LInkedin, you'll see my social media marketing in action.

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      glassvisage 6 years ago from Northern California

      Thanks for stopping by and for your insightful comment, James. As crazy of a thought that is, it has been true for me. I used HubPages to start making money after I graduated from college and didn't have a job or friends in the new area where I moved. I have a lot of connections and resources on the Internet - weird.

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      jamestedmondson 6 years ago from San Francisco

      What really struck me was the last part of this Hub. Even if we lose EVERYTHING, we always have the Internet. That's a gnarly thought, but true. It raises a lot of philosophical questions that I should probably not try to articulate...

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      glassvisage 6 years ago from Northern California

      Thank you both for your comments! I almost feel like I should pull back a little on my Hubbing :)

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      HennieN 6 years ago from South Africa

      Hubpages does seem to get addictive. Starting to grow on you after a while.

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      L M Reid 6 years ago from Ireland

      Very interesting hub glassvisage. Yes I must admit that I am addicted to writing and Hubpages. I had visitors for the past 2 weeks so my time for writing was limited. So glad to be back to normal now!

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      glassvisage 6 years ago from Northern California

      Thank you Sweetie Pie - you deserve it too!

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      SweetiePie 6 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Glad you have a score of 100, and you deserve it. With your positive and varied hubs, there is always something interesting to read on your hubpages.