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Hi to you Anon-i-Mouse and thanks for this post.
Process addictions (addictions to porn, sex, the Internet and gambling, as opposed to chemical addictions) have received more media attention of late, which is great, but I'm not convinced that we should jump to the term addiction too quickly - there could be other factors at play. The websites you mention are not primarily pornographic. Is it not possible that you're simply using the Internet to avoid work? In which case you may you want to think about why it could be that you avoid focusing on work - procrastination? a fear off success? a dysfunctional form of stress relief? avoidance of reality? a means of sabotaging your own success?
You ARE able to assert control if you really want to. If your employer allows staff to surf the Internet (many don't, which could be placing you at risk of disciplinary action if you're caught out) compile a day plan on things to do and objectives to meet at work and restrict surfing to when you get home. If you find that your social life is being hampered by your surfing the Internet you could have a problem and it may be wise for you to seek professional help.
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