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I have re-written this review in the light of current events on the site which prove the existance of Ciao addiction.SYMPTOMS
Have you ever found yourself on the site at Ciao, so enthralled by what is going on in guestbooks that it becomes more important than what is going on in your life ?Have you ever gotten yourself pulled into reading so many reviews because you want to be a bigger and better colour ?
Have you ever craved the next colour ?Have you ever written reviews, even when you know that your reviews are at best mediocre simply because you want to be in the charts ?
SYMPTOMS INCLUDEGetting so involved in the site that you feel it is more real than real life.
Repetitive motion syndrome, i.e. hands that hurt from typing too much.Re-boot syndrome - Here, when the site freezes or you cannot get into the site, you search for reasons on your own machine, because you can;t possibly believe that a site as large as Ciao could crash !
TREATMENTThere are all kinds of treatments available for this desease and here I will list the ones that are obvious to most that are not "addicted".
1. Switch off the computer and go take part in real life for a couple of days til the online life gets back in focus.2. Question your motives. I have done this on a regular basis, and think I now have the balance right.
3. Introduce your kids or husband or next door neighbour to your computer, and let them use it so much that your addiction is starved.4. Throw away your computer.
MEDICINES AVAILABLEThere are several medicines available for this illness. Believe me, many of them work well, although some addictions are stronger than others and you have to "want" to get better, as in smoking and other addictions, plus you have to actually get to the stage where you admit your addiction.
The best medicine is a hot toddy, because it relaxes the brain and lets you chill a little.Onother known medicine for this type of addiction is rabbit interferon. What this involves is letting your rabbit get near to the telephone line and chew until the problem goes away.
REALITY CHECK TREATMENTSo, we admit we have an addiction, but admitting it, and doing nothing about it is destructive. We believe everything we read, we weep when things are sad, laugh when things are joyous, but we carry on trawling through guestbooks, amazed at new members that tell us things that new members could not possibly know, and going back into life thinking about friends that we have online and how we let them affect our lives.
I have done it. Many others have as well. There are actually different levels of addiction. I have experienced them all.1. Total addiction. Life does not matter any more. You wake early in the morning, switch on ciao and stay there all day.
2. Semi addiction. You tell offline friends about your online friends and they all think you are a pretty weird person.3. Abusive addiction. So wrapped up in ciao that your life revolves around the people on it and get involved in on site squabbles and real stress factors that your life would be better without.
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