--- In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, "geezerfreak" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
> This day for Judy Stein was no different from most. Up at 7am...time
> for the first condescending "I'm smarter than you" post of the day.
> Now it's close to 9PM and there are what....40 or 50 posts
> from"authfriend" (hard to imagine her being a true friend to anyone)
> scaterred at 10-15 minute intervals throughout the day and night.
> Judy, are you one of these sad folks who sit all day and night
> plastered in front of your monitor, trying to create an on line life
> for yourself? One of these days they'll have to call the fire
> department to help seperate you from your chair.
> You should get out more. Today was beautiful. Played a round of 
> golf, had a bar-b-que with the family, walked the dog, and just 
> now, logged back on to see what's been happening at good old FFL. 
> There you are, still on there slinging.


FFL as Addiction

On Saturday, August 12th scienceofabundance asked a 
provocative question: "Do you experience your partici-
pation in FFL as being an addiction?" 

Searching for posts made that same day, I get results 
that say Sparaig started posting that day at 1:16 a.m. 
Paris time, 5:16 p.m. his time Friday night. He 
continued posting every few hours until 2:01 a.m. his 
time Saturday, for a total of 78 posts.

Judy Stein made her first post that Saturday at 2:04 
a.m. Paris time (still 10:04 p.m. Friday night her 
time). She stayed up posting Friday night until 12:18 
p.m. her time, and then started posting Saturday 
morning again at 8:20 a.m. her time. She continued 
posting pretty much all day, until 3:00 a.m. her 
time, for a total of 70 posts. 

All in all, an eloquent if unintentional answer to 
the question.

To quote further from scienceofabundance's post:

> Common Characteristics Among Addictive Behaviors
> 1. The person becomes obsessed (constantly thinks of) the object, 
> activity, or substance.
> 2. They will seek it out, or engage in the behavior even though 
> it is causing harm (physical problems, poor work or study 
> performance, problems with friends, family, fellow workers).
> 3. The person will compulsively engage in the activity, that is, 
> do the activity over and over even if he/she does not want to and 
> find it difficult to stop.
> 4. Upon cessation of the activity, withdrawal symptoms often occur. 
> These can include irritability, craving, restlessness or depression.
> 5. The person does not appear to have control as to when, how long, 
> or how much he or she will continue the behavior (loss of control). 


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