Wikipedia:Recovering from Wikipediholism
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Wikipediholism is a tongue-in-cheek term used to describe excessive time spent reading or editing Wikipedia. The term may be humorous, but the problem can be grave. Like any behavioral addiction, Wikipedia overuse may lead to job loss, divorce, bankruptcy, or worse. Fortunately, a variety of corrective strategies exist.
Recovering from Wikipediholism
Read this once every hour you spend on Wikipedia:
Wikipedia is a great project. It's good to help Wikipedia. It's a good pastime and it's very educational.
- Every hour you spend at Wikipedia is an hour from your life. Do you have something more important to do? Do it first.
- Wikipedia may not help you realize your personal goals in life.
- Even though Wikipedia is educational, there may be other better ways of educating yourself. Wikipedia is not necessarily a substitute for them.
- Time is money. Are you sure you can afford the time to serve Wikipedia? If you can, that's well and good, but do so one hour at a time only.
- Sometimes it is necessary that you take a WikiBreak when you have something much more important to do. Moreover, it will help in rejuvenating yourself.
All the best. Remember, Wikipedia wants you to be the best person you can. It is not the goal of the project to steal the time you can use to improve your career prospects, learn new skills, spend time with family or friends, rejuvenate yourself, or use any way you wish. Remember, it's your time and you are donating it to Wikipedia. It is healthy to donate what you can afford to donate, but no more.
Wikipediholism can be a manifestation of problematic Internet use (PIU) and/or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Corrective strategies include content-control software, counselling, and cognitive-behavioural therapy. Twelve-step programs are another option; Narcotics Anonymous is very accepting of problematic Internet users, and may be helpful. In addition, for ADHD, medication can be helpful. Ask a doctor to point you to a mental-health professional you can afford. Or, you may write to us on the talk page and ask us for more help.
Software which may help
- Self-control software is one possible solution.
- Or you can use break reminder software. Some, like Workrave, can lock you out of your computer after a daily time limit has passed.
- Or you can use content-control software. K9 Web Protection can stop you from using the Internet late at night altogether.
- If you only procrastinate on Wikipedia, then you can instead get an anti-Wikipediholism reminder once an hour or can use the WikiBreak Enforcer.
- "University of Notre Dame Counseling Center, "Self help – Lost in Cyberspace"". Retrieved 2009-11-11.
- Roberts, Kevin J. (2010). Cyber junkie: escape the gaming and internet trap. Center City, Minn.: Hazelden. OCLC 555629713.