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A couple was holidaying in Florida to celebrate their first anniversary of marriage. One morning the wife saw the husband wake up and go to the toilet. To the wife’s amusement, he stayed there for a very long time. As time passed, the wife became suspicious, as there was no sound of running water or the husband singing a bathroom hit. As she knocked the door and opened it, she found him sitting on the pot with the laptop stuck on his lap. He was blogging over a wireless link.

Blogging has become the new way of livelihood for many and fun for the idle ones. But there are also people for whom blogging has turned into an obsession instead of being a harmless hobby.

Given below are some real facts that can help you see the real picture and also to justify if you are actually a blogging addict.

  • You want to blog about every minute of your life, even if it’s just about doing your daily chores.
  • If your Internet gets disconnected even for a minute, you become anxious and worried. You start throwing tantrums and blame every single official who is responsible for the downtime.
  • You take the comments on your blog far too seriously and irrationally.
  • You feel good and relaxed about the recent article that you posted, but the feeling melts away quite fast as the time for the next article approaches.
  • The more you write, the more connected and light you feel about opening up your personal life to your readers. The feeling of ‘I am somebody’ spreads over your mind overpowering you of all your real life aspects and bounties.
  • You give more priority to your laptop than your girlfriend.
  • You want isolation from the world so that you can be with your computer and blog. Noise annoys you just too much.
  • People around you and your family complain that you don’t give them enough time; they say you have changed dramatically.

If the answer to all the above is yes, you have a problem far more serious than any virus sitting in your computer. You are a blogging addict. Addiction of blogging can not only take toll on your health and real world relationships, but it can also trickle down to your state of well-being and psychological order.

Blog Addiction

The most common and serious health problems faced by a blogging addict are given below. These are the result of sitting in front of the computer for more than eight hours and staring at the screen without batting an eyelid.

  • The initial health problems include exhaustion, irritability, headaches, aggression, loss of concentration and weak retention power.
  • Eye Problems: The glare and high definition of your computer screen is detrimental to the retina and iris of your eyes. The sudden changes in light absorption and constant exposure to bright light cause your eyes to get tired and can develop into serious eye disorders in the later life.
  • Obesity: Excessive sitting on the computer can lead to increased body fat and also disturbs your natural body clock.
  • Muscular Strain: The strain on your neck and vertebrae results in long term pain and inflammation of the back and neck. This might even develop into permanent disorders with bones and muscles losing their original strength and shape.

If you do not pay heed, all these problems can take you to a bedridden state in your later life and definitely affect your personal and social life. Here are some tips that you can follow for healthy blogging-

  • Limit your blog entries strictly.
  • Ask one of your friends or family members to keep an eye on you until you are no longer an addict.
  • Take a break from the computer and wash your eyes periodically.
  • Exercise regularly for 30-45 minutes a day.
  • Stretch you body after every two hours of continuous sitting.
  • Eat at proper intervals and follow a routine of ‘Breakfast like a king in morning and dinner like a beggar’. This will keep your energies flowing during your work schedule.
  • Sleep well. Do not compromise on sleep for any reason.
  • Make sure to spend time with your friends and family.
  • Get yourself a pet or a good book to increase your offline time.

Blogging is fun, only when it is filled with good content that has been written by a healthy and happy blogger. Don’t let blogging take over your life, because you only live once. The need to ‘be somebody’ is prevalent in all humans but that should not let you compromise with your health and everything else that is good in your life. Your spiritual, social, emotional and personal well-being is the real ‘YOU’ in the right context and this defines you more beautifully than a blog.

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  2. Karen left a comment on March 2, 2013 at 2:02 pm |

    I am late to this game, but I believe blogging can be an addiction. I had to unplug my hobby gossip blog, I was hopping to make something out of it and make some money, but unfortunately all it gave me was a bad case of trigger thumb from typing all day, severe anxiety from fear of not posting on time, lack of sleep because I had to wake up and post articles at 4 am before the day got started after staying up until 1am posting articles, all in the pursuit of gaining an illusive million followers a day and make a living of it. All this did was make me gain weight from eating out because I no longer had time to cook or take care of my family, and my house was a constant mess with piles of laundry and dirty dishes causing me depression, I even got to the bank late on one occasion to pay my house bill because I had to post ‘the news’ that day. It all became too much for me and I had to unplug a blog that barely made money. Now I am happy again and lost all the weight by switching my host subscription to a gym membership, my home is orderly and so is my life.

  3. Addiction Treatment left a comment on January 29, 2013 at 2:51 am |

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  4. pawan left a comment on October 23, 2012 at 3:14 pm |

    Thanks for showing the negative part of blogging.

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  6. yaser left a comment on January 29, 2012 at 4:02 pm |

    computer for so many hours of the day!

  7. ????? left a comment on April 11, 2009 at 12:15 am |

    According to your test, I am not an addict although I do think about posting quite a bit – planning my next post, thinking how I want to form it…but thank you for writing this – I see I’m a computer in general addict and my dog could use more attention

  8. Reinert left a comment on April 8, 2009 at 6:16 pm |

    As a Newbie, I am always searching online for articles that can help me. Thank you

  9. mcdamas left a comment on August 8, 2008 at 5:43 am |

    I am a blogaholic blogging everyday. I feel a little lucky that I do not ignore other routines. I mostly blog at night for 6 – 8 hours. In the morning, I sleep until 11 am. Then I go to work at 13:00 and being up to 21:00. However, I found your article a warning so that I evaluate my blogging attitude and do it better the next days. Thank you then.

  10. roro44.com left a comment on July 26, 2008 at 11:10 pm |

    Really your words are fantastic thanx

  11. PS3 left a comment on June 23, 2008 at 3:05 pm |

    Mr Lance is an addict but it is not blogs he is taking!

  12. biplav left a comment on June 20, 2008 at 5:42 pm |

    hmmm i fall in the same league…

  13. mr lance left a comment on June 20, 2008 at 5:39 am |

    fuck all addicts…….be addict to real shit like ecs….some heroine……hahaa
    ya dig?bite my ass

  14. mr lance left a comment on June 20, 2008 at 5:38 am |

    isnt it shitty to be an addict bloggin all day….c’monn man thats shitty….all yall been addict to bloggin and shit……get out..bit me


  15. Vaibhav left a comment on June 18, 2008 at 11:03 am |

    I don’t think I am an addict yet though I do like to blog. However, I don’t blog too much about my personal life.

    I do take my laptop to the loo quite often though (I never have enough time to catch up with my reading).

  16. aizal left a comment on June 18, 2008 at 1:19 am |

    “You give more priority to your laptop than your girlfriend.”
    Oh, that’s why I kept thinking what I have left behind…oh no!..LOL.
    Great article, hope this should make the addict can control themselves.
    This should be my pillars of blogging.

  17. Daniel left a comment on June 15, 2008 at 9:01 am |

    Well, I’m a blogging addict…
    Gr8 post Jai!
    very well written!

  18. udin44 left a comment on June 14, 2008 at 10:45 pm |

    Yeah, i like blogging, but i need a soil to grow my plant’s because i’m a farmer in indonesia. 🙂

  19. Jai left a comment on June 14, 2008 at 5:46 am |

    @blog4dead : No, I am not a blogging addict but I know some who are..

  20. blog4dead left a comment on June 14, 2008 at 1:48 am |

    i m really dead in all n all doin all bloggin.. can’t get it out of my head… will try ur tips and get some rest….r u a blog addict? thanks for d article…

  21. David Dunn left a comment on June 13, 2008 at 2:05 pm |

    I’ve got to admit, I’m quite addicted to blogging.

    It might not seem it looking at my blogs but I do seem to be thinking about new blog ideas and stuff related like all the time!

  22. PS3 left a comment on June 13, 2008 at 4:41 am |

    My name is PS3 and I am an addict!

  23. Beth Mallorie left a comment on June 12, 2008 at 6:26 pm |

    According to your test, I am not an addict although I do think about posting quite a bit – planning my next post, thinking how I want to form it…but thank you for writing this – I see I’m a computer in general addict and my dog could use more attention.

  24. SuperMario290 left a comment on June 12, 2008 at 2:15 pm |

    I don’t know, I blog about all the news I can, because that’s my job, and what I’m suppose to do to make a living, but I don’t think I’m an addict by any means. 😀

  25. Joe left a comment on June 12, 2008 at 10:08 am |

    My eyes kill me at the end of each day. My job is sitting in front of a computer for 8 hours a day, and guess what I do when I go home? Sit for another 8 hours or more in front of a bigger monitor!

    I’ll try out the washing the eyes tip and see how much of a difference it makes.

  26. IndieLab left a comment on June 12, 2008 at 8:02 am |

    My name is IndieLab, and I’m a blogaholic. Feels good to get that out.

    I have to make sure and stretch every morning and evening because I have experienced physical discomfort from being at the computer for so many hours of the day!

    If you’re also an addict, feel free to visit my site to feed your addiction;)

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