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Confessions of the Slightly Obsessed

Please don't tell me about the latest Facebook game.

Please don't tell me about how great Twitter is.

Please don't tell me about this new book/movie/show/green dancing alien that I simply *must* see.

No, really. Don't tell me. I don't wanna hear about it, don't wanna know about it.

Because if it is as great as you say (and quite possibly, even if it sucks big sweaty balls) I will end up addicted to it.

Just ask my girlfriend - among other things, she's watched me go through Neopets, Farmville, Pogo games, Yahoo pinochle, and more television shows that you can count (she's quite sick of Dr. Who.)

The obsession du'jour is Prevention.com's version of mah jongg.

My obsessions usually have rules. For mah jongg, the rule is that I must play until I get a score of at least 12,000 across two games. Sometimes that means I'm playing for ten minutes. But sometimes that means I'm playing for several hours.

Yes, I know - it borders on compulsiveness.

Well, I guess I *could* just stop. But then I get anxious. And when I'm anxious I'm not productive, so I might as well just engage in the compulsion anyway.

Vicious cycle, it is.

I don't know where I get this from, but it seems I've always been this way. I suppose in some ways it's an extension of my anal-retentiveness. I have an organization system for everything, and god help you if you mess any of them up. CDs, books, clothes - a place for everything and everything in its place.

And let's not get started on TV! Survivor? Never miss an episode. Glee? Totally there. Want to know what's happening with Gray's Anatomy or Private Practice? I'm your woman. And I'm your woman for about twenty other shows, too.

It's really quite pathetic. I know this. I waste at least 20-30 hours per week maintaining my obsessions and compulsions. Sure, the anal-retention serves me well when it comes to schoolwork. But all the obsessions and compulsions reduce the time I have for the productive things?

But I could quit. Really I could. I can quit any time.

Sure.

And now if you'll excuse me, I need to return to watching Gary Busey be crazy on The Celebrity Apprentice.

This has been a post for LJ Idol. Voting link will be up later in the week if you want to vote.

Date: 2011-03-14 03:07 am (UTC)
ext_4772: (Cartoon Chris)
From: [identity profile] chris-walsh.livejournal.com
*puts away his Twitter pitch*

Don't worry, I definitely know that Twitter's not for everyone.

I have to be careful about getting overly wrapped up in stuff, too. I specifically stopped watching Survivor after the first episode of Survivor: Africa a decade ago because I remembered how wrapped up in Australia I'd gotten, and wanted to pace myself. And it's been years since I've regularly played any games more involved than Minesweeper and Freecell; heck, I haven't played Freecell in over a year. Don't want to get wrapped up in gaming, or anime: both are so f'ing huge. Ah: I scared myself out of getting into those. Something's got to work.

Date: 2011-03-15 03:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] supremegoddess1.livejournal.com
ack, you mentioned games!

Date: 2011-03-14 03:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] similiesslip.livejournal.com
I'm rather fighting Farmville. How did you get over it? Seriously, I'd love to know!

I mean, I can leave it for days at a time (usually) But...I can't leave it forever (it seems.)

I'm doing better though. The first few weeks..man. How do they make games to be so addictive?

My guess is that some of us just have addictive personalities..?

Date: 2011-03-14 05:45 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] kellzilla
I quit Farmville after it started introducing what seemed like weekly freaking additions that required 867 friends to click on your spam links. "DUDE, I'M NOT DONE BUILDING THE WANGDOODLE YOU TOLD ME TO BUILD TWO WEEKS AGO, I HAVEN'T EVEN STARTED LAST WEEK'S HOOJOBBIE, AND NOW YOU'RE TELLING ME ABOUT A DOODLEWHOPPER I NEED TO BUILD? EFF YOU!"

:p

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Date: 2011-03-14 12:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ecosopher.livejournal.com
I'm glad the anal-retention serves you well for your schoolwork as well as in games... for me, the OCD stops at the games and everything else goes to pot!

Date: 2011-03-15 03:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] supremegoddess1.livejournal.com
i may or may not have pulled all-nighters to play games...

Date: 2011-03-14 12:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] seraaalicious.livejournal.com
LOL I can totally relate to your obsessions!! Hehehe :)

I have so much TV to catch up on!!!

Date: 2011-03-15 03:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] supremegoddess1.livejournal.com
me, too...

*goes back to watching Iron Chef America*

Date: 2011-03-14 06:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] myrna-bird.livejournal.com
LOL, Oh I can totally relate to a lot of this. Great job!

One of the things LJ Idol has done for me ( I thought) was to get me away from all those TV shows I HAVE to watch. Now I find that I with the help of the DVR, I still manage to watch most of them anyway. The Bachelor ends tonight but DWTS is coming right back.

Date: 2011-03-15 03:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] supremegoddess1.livejournal.com
I've made a decision not to watch DWTS this time - there's really no one I care about on there and in order to watch DWTS i have to sacrifice a few other shows....

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Date: 2011-03-15 06:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] m-malcontent.livejournal.com
It's bad enough I have to watch 6 football games over the weekend, but Madden brings it into my weekdays too.

Nice entry, also I enjoy watching Gary Busey, because it is nice to know there is someone out there more bat shit crazy than me when I get into the Steel Reserve 40's.

Date: 2011-03-18 02:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] supremegoddess1.livejournal.com
I bet Gary is jealous of Charlie Sheen - he's replacing him as the latest shiny crazy...

Date: 2011-03-16 12:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] onda-bianca.livejournal.com
Ha I remember Neopets. My addiction was ridiculous. As in it interfered with real life. I had to quit like one would quit smoking or drinking or something.

Glad to know I'm not the only compulsive one.

Date: 2011-03-16 01:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] supremegoddess1.livejournal.com
I was *insane* with Neopets - did the shops and everything. I'm sure I could still log in and see my poor pets look all anorexic and dying...

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Date: 2011-03-16 02:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tigrkittn.livejournal.com
There's no such thing as too much Doctor Who. Or Torchwood. I've just discovered Gray's Anatomy and I'm mainlining it via Netflix, so I can totally relate here!

Date: 2011-03-16 02:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] supremegoddess1.livejournal.com
Who and Torchwood are beautiful things....

GA will make you cry like a baby. Frequently.

Date: 2011-03-16 03:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lawchicky.livejournal.com
Oh gosh, I do the same things! My obsessions include Treasure Isle, Bejeweled Blitz and yahoo mah jong. Time wasters, but I can't seem to stop!

Date: 2011-03-16 04:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] supremegoddess1.livejournal.com
Let's not get started on my "counting" obsessions....

Date: 2011-03-16 03:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cheshire23.livejournal.com
There are so many things I refuse to get into at all because I know I'd be like that. For a little while. Until something else Shinier and Brighter caught my attention. :)

Date: 2011-03-16 04:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] supremegoddess1.livejournal.com
that's pretty much what happens to them, too....

Date: 2011-03-16 04:09 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pixiebelle.livejournal.com
I am this way about a lot of games as well. I get OBSESSED for a long time, set goals much like you do and stress out about getting a certain score or level before I can quit.

I used to have a TV addiction, and then I gave up TV. Yep. I don't have cable or local channels. If I must watch something I watch it online, that's how I usually get Survivor. I'm a total freak, but I'm proud of that fact :)

Date: 2011-03-16 04:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] supremegoddess1.livejournal.com
i cry when my cable goes out....

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Date: 2011-03-16 09:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] joeymichaels.livejournal.com
I couldn't get by Dr. Who because I spent last week watching a video of all the regenerations over and over again. David Tennant breaks my heart, man.

Also, he was the best Hamlet of this century so far.

Date: 2011-03-16 01:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] supremegoddess1.livejournal.com
David Tennant is good stuff....

Date: 2011-03-16 11:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] comedychick.livejournal.com
I find that I have a similar sort of personality, and I do have to stop myself before I even start because otherwise I would never do anything worthwhile with my life!

Date: 2011-03-16 06:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wyliekat.livejournal.com
I have successfully avoided most online games, though I definitely have my addictions as well - I can relate to this far too well!

Date: 2011-03-17 02:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] supremegoddess1.livejournal.com
If it were only online games...

Date: 2011-03-16 07:26 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] shadowwolf13
I totally get this. I spend far too much time on that site for the mindless exercises .. when I should be doing so many other things. :(

We are often our own worst enemies.

Date: 2011-03-17 02:43 pm (UTC)

Date: 2011-03-16 08:50 pm (UTC)
ext_289215: (Doctor Who Eleven arms open)
From: [identity profile] momebie.livejournal.com
SICK OF DOCTOR WHO? WHAT IS THIS NOW?

But um, yes. I am pretty much the exact same way.

Date: 2011-03-17 02:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] supremegoddess1.livejournal.com
I didn't say I was *sick* of Dr. Who, just that it's addictive...

Date: 2011-03-16 09:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] basric.livejournal.com
I understand exactly hat you are saying. I've been down that road and back again. I, too have learned its best not to take that first step--don't pay that trial game, don't watch that show's premiere.

Well written.

Date: 2011-03-17 02:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] supremegoddess1.livejournal.com
but...but I just need one more fix!

Date: 2011-03-16 10:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] xo-kizzy-xo.livejournal.com
Those FB games/apps did a number on my computer, so I stopped cold turkey. It still goes wonky if I play Bejeweled over on popcap.com, but not as badly as it did on FB.

Having to downgrade to basic cable eliminated my reality-show fix. Except for TAR and Survivor, of course. I still want to weep over not getting Bravo (and therefore, Top Chef) anymore, though.
Edited Date: 2011-03-16 10:12 pm (UTC)

Date: 2011-03-17 02:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] supremegoddess1.livejournal.com
love me some Bravo....

Date: 2011-03-17 12:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] puppetmaker40.livejournal.com
I like this and can understand your POV all too well on this problem.

I am going to try to keep my Internet usage down to about an hour a day for the next month to see if I can get other things done rather than be on the Internet.

But first I want to see if I can level up in Texas Hold'em and my Smurfs need their orders.

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Date: 2011-03-17 01:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] snarkerdoodle.livejournal.com
good lord, I could totally have written this entry myself, lol -- some of the games/shows/items may change, but the addictiveness would be *exactly* the same. Especially the Facebook games. As I tell a lot of people "Zynga, I wish I knew how to quit you." lol.

Really well written -- the feeling of obsessive addiction was really clear and accessible. :)

Date: 2011-03-17 02:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] supremegoddess1.livejournal.com
I had to quit Zynga cold turkey....they are evil!

Date: 2011-03-17 06:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] the-vernacular.livejournal.com
Haha! this reminded me of my mom. She gets like this about things. Right now, it's Bejeweled.

Date: 2011-03-17 06:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mstrobel.livejournal.com
That's one of MY mother's favourite games XD

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Date: 2011-03-17 06:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mstrobel.livejournal.com
Reminds me of a good friend of mine, who really has an all or nothing attitude when it comes to getting into things... usually 'all'. Like she'll play a new game for 48 hours straight, watch every episode of a new TV series, track down every film an actor has ever appeared in...! I can get the same too though, it's just lucky I never seem to have enough damn time and after a short while, the craze will wear off.

Date: 2011-03-17 06:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] supremegoddess1.livejournal.com
They wear off eventually, but they get replaced by other ones....

Date: 2011-03-18 01:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] java-fiend.livejournal.com
Hey, there's this cool new game you should totally check out... :-p

There's quite a bit here that I can relate to. I've got a bit of the compulsiveness that you describe. A place for everything and everything in its place indeed...

Date: 2011-03-18 02:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] supremegoddess1.livejournal.com
we're all a little bit crazy!

Date: 2011-03-19 12:17 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] redvelvetgrrl.livejournal.com
There are so many more things to get addicted to now that when I was a kid. So many more tv shows, everything online, it is too much sometimes. And that's when I have to put the computer away. But I have a much harder time turning the tv off. Especially in Thursdays and Sundays when my shows are on!

Date: 2011-03-19 12:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] supremegoddess1.livejournal.com
DVR is both the greatest invention and the greatest curse of man...

Date: 2011-03-19 07:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] locknkey.livejournal.com
humorous with nice darker undertones. :)

Date: 2011-03-19 01:31 pm (UTC)

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