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The Internet & ADD/HD

I would be interested to hear views on whether spending excessive time on the internet has an adverse effect on those diagnosed with ADD/HD.

Particularly in areas of concentration, comprehension & focus.

I haven’t researched this but anecdotal evidence suggests it to be true.

I know in my own case, I find it increasingly difficult to read long articles or books. I find that I only scan these days when reading on line unless of course it’s something I’m really interested in & can hyper focus for ages. Despite being on medication, I think I’m also getting even more distracted more than ever as it’s so easy to get lost clicking from one subject that holds my interest, momentarily to the next subject. I had been pretty ignorant about ADD as I thought not being able to keep your attention on anything was the main symptom so when I read about hyper focussing on subjects you are interested in, it hit me that I was like that.

I guess I could simply try to have some internet free time & see if that helps.

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I think it’s definitely a time waster.  I know in my case, I often find myself playing around on the internet and facebook when I know I should be doing something else (procrastination).  Lately, I have been doing “no internet” weekends, and it has helped tremendously.  Instead, I go to Yoga classes or take my dog to the park.  I feel more focused after an activity like that, versus reading something interesting on the internet.

Posted by Sweetie on Jun 08, 2011 at 5:40pm

I’m terrible for wasting time on the internet when I know I should be doing something else.
I only ever seem to be able to skim read most things which meas that I tend to miss important information relevant to the article and don’t usually bother to go back and read it again unless it’s something really interesting.

I’ve tried to have days where I don’t go online but I only get restless and bored.

Posted by batangel149 on Jun 08, 2011 at 6:25pm

chatting, gaming, reading fanfiction - I spend 75% of my day online! Of course I work at home and my work involves being on the computer. Like the above poster, I also get restless if I can’t be online for a bit. I do go through phases when RL (real life) interferes to the point I simply have to chose and my daughter and husband still come first. wink But after awhile, ugh. I start to get really bothered and feel like life is ganging-up on me! I think it’s a matter of moderation. If I spend too much time online, then RL things go to heck and I have to spend an equally disproportionate amount of time off-line. I am happiest when I can do some of all the above each day.

Posted by Zafra on Jun 08, 2011 at 9:59pm

I too, even medicated find myself getting lost on the internet to the point where I don’t even remember what the initial topic was when I began. now I try to stay on the page I’ m on w/out getting sidetracked, i admit I have problems doing this but it’s getting easier.I also find the places you get sidetracked to never give tou any good info

Posted by Carroll on Jun 08, 2011 at 11:49pm

I have kept a timer next to the computer. I set it for 15 minutes whenever I start anything on the computer that shouldn’t take long. When it goes off, I am reminded of how much time has passed, and it gives me a chance to decide whether to invest another 15 minutes by pressing the button or whether to log off. It has helped a lot, although I’d forgotten about it until this came up!

Posted by pnwsuzie on Jun 09, 2011 at 12:03am

I can get sucked in pretty easy…However, if it weren’t for the interenet I wouldn’t have found this site..

Posted by Teesa on Jun 09, 2011 at 3:57am

Sometimes I do a lot of research on the Internet and have found resources for both my personal use and for my job. I do especially lately go overboard and can loose track of time. I have used a timer in the past and it does help some if I don’t say to myself after the timer goes off I just check this next link. I have a more difficult time when my depression is worse; then I can really loose my self on the internet. Today I was going to work on my monthly reports for work and I went on pet finder first at 12:30p.m. I was only going to look for a short period of time. I didn’t leave that site until 5:00p.m. I still need to work on those reports.

Sometimes when I am on the internet I am looking for solutions, for organizing, time management, or new treatments for firbromyalgia, sleep disorders, and chronic depression.

Posted by FibroADD on Jun 09, 2011 at 6:32am

And Wikipedia is the bane of the Internet-browsing ADHD’er.  You can just click and click and click for hours…always something new.  grin

Posted by Alnitak on Jun 09, 2011 at 10:54am

I have really severe ADD—to the point where I have never even been able to hold a job for more than a few months. At first the internet seemed to offer possibilities—surely I can get freelance work and make a living with this?
Ha! It’s like a morass.My experiences are very like those of FibroADD. Unlike Alnitak, though, I don’t fall into the Wikipedia trap. Think about it. You can go back to the article that got you started a little while ago, and find it changed—or even gone. I will always prefer something true to something new, especially since I am chiefly an historian.

Posted by Berengaria1 on Jun 09, 2011 at 1:03pm

Great to hear about your experiences!

When I finally got diagnosed with ADD, the most shocking aspect for me to learn from my GP was because it had never been addressed earlier in my life, it explained the gambling addiction that had surfaced about 10 yrs ago with none of my 4 older siblings or mother being compulsive gamblers!!! When I look back it was a very stressful time in my life. Of course it was the same connection to the bipolar & anxiety.

Then out of the blue, or so it seemed I started gambling again and justified it at the time that it must have been due to the bipolar & because that was being treated now, I could gamble again without risk of getting out of control. Again… a stressful time! When it started to escalate, it was only then I searched for more answers on the net & intuitively knew it was ADD. My impulsive, addictive gambling actually seemed to get worse after I started on Dexamphetamine but I’m smart enough to know I had to seek help for that again & once more am in recovery.

I know that when you go into recovery from an addiction, it can often resurface in another form & I suspect my internet use is heading that way as it’s what I find myself doing in a similar way…now zoning out & hyperfocussing like I did with poker/slot machines. I suspect it might be the same for Gamers who spend excessive time playing.

Posted by serenity on Jun 09, 2011 at 5:20pm

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