I have become addicted to Catholic Answers Forum! Not joking, seriously.CAF is like my friend circle, where I meet like minded people.
The problem is, I’ve got an exam to give in December and it requires a lot of dedication and time. Every day, I “waste” (could I call it that?) a lot of time on CAF which I could use otherwise to study. Also, all throughout the day, I keep getting thoughts about the discussions I might have had on that day or the way I could answer certain questions. And then it distracts me from my studies.
What should I do? Should I take a long break from CAF? I really need some sound advice here.
Like any other activity, balance is important. I would give yourself a certain amount of time per day and schedule it. Then you have it to look forward to and you can limit your time. You might also find that you’re more efficient on the forums. I’d also schedule time to work on preparing for your exam.
Here there is a subforum to discuss non-religious things. Go there. Ask if there are people who know the sciencies you are studying. Then you will hang here and learn something. This is in case you’re not joking and really addicted. Be diligent lest people say Christians are losers or something.
And, I don’t really think you are addicted. You joined 3/4 of a year ago and only have about 600 posts which isn’t too high a rate. Since Lewis Hamilton joined F1 he’s been scoring an average of 6.17 points a race, like nobody to this day. This I understand is THE addiction… to McLaren Mercedes.
I’m not sure how sound my advice is, but I do understand. Now and then I find myself feeling the same way. I truly do think CAF is a good thing. If nothing else, it does force one to gel one’s thoughts and to learn new things. Some of the people on here are very knowledgeable and well worth listening to. But yes, depending on what one’s other obligations are, it can get out of hand.
I went “cold turkey” during Lent, then this summer again for about a month. But I will also say that departing from one’s favorite thread subcategory and going into one with which one is not really very familiar causes one to sort of “mentally start over”. If, for example, I find myself overly engaged in political topics, (something to which I am inclined) spending a period of time, e.g., exclusively trying to figure out the intricacies of Eastern Christian theological debates, is of some value to me.
Fast on CAF until you finish your exam.
Know that God will never want anyone to ignore his responsibility.
If you have learned some good stuff from CAF, you will have to apply self discipline to your priorities.
You have to understand what an addiction is. It is always a way of escape. You dont want to do something so you let something else get in the way. Now the key to this puzzle, now that you know that you need an excuse, you found this as it. Now like any other addiction you need balance. So study, get over with what you need to. and move on. Harder said then done huh, but not impossible.