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Poll: Are you an Internet addict?
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Susanna Martoni  Identity Verified
Italy
Local time: 09:22
Member (2009)
Spanish to Italian
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Somehow Mar 23, 2013

I have just experienced the bad condition of remaining without the Internet line.

Well, as you can imagine, a kind of nightmare because most of my jobs were waiting for me on an on-line platform located somewhere on the Internet and I had (should have) to search several thing on the Web.

Generally speaking: Internet becomes VERY important for most of our job. And YES as far as translations are involved, it is now an essential condition.

But other kind of things (news, surfing general topics, etc.) may be found elsewhere (paper books, hand written notes, library, inspirations while walking, etc.).

My humble opinion.



[Modificato alle 2013-03-23 08:21 GMT]


 

Teresa Borges
Portugal
Local time: 08:22
Member (2007)
English to Portuguese
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N/A Mar 23, 2013

I wouldn't go so far as to call it an "addiction"*, more a reliance on it, as of course pretty much of my work is Internet based... I was alive and kicking well before the Internet era, could I (re-)adapt to a world without Internet? I wonder...

*I use it, I do not abuse it!


 

Michael Harris  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 09:22
Member (2006)
German to English
Nope, not at all Mar 23, 2013

As Teresa mentioned, I have to rely on it when I am working, but if I am doing anything else, then I most certainly do not miss it.
I do not have the urge to sit in front of my computer "just for the fun of it". Only if I need info, or home shopping - given up going to the shops with my wife, it drives me up the wall!!


 

Ikram Mahyuddin  Identity Verified
Indonesia
Local time: 15:22
English to Indonesian
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Yes Mar 23, 2013

I spend hours online almost everyday for jobs and for fun, but I would like to reduce my interaction with the Internet, maybe step by step. Surely, however, we can't free from the Internet totally.

 

Philippe Etienne  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 09:22
Member
English to French
Not really Mar 23, 2013

I am not addicted to the internet and I love days when the computer is off. But I kind of get side-routed easily when I look for something on the Web.

During searches before the internet (and before being a translator), I tended to get lost in paper dictionary/encyclopaedia pages too. But I can always claim a genetic trait : my uncle is well known for not being able to peel vegetables on a newspaper sheet (like we used to do before before segregated waste obligations) : he compulsively reads it, whatever the subject and currency. And vegetables don't get peeled.

Philippe


 

NataliaAnne  Identity Verified
Brazil
Local time: 06:22
Portuguese to English
Reading in general Mar 23, 2013

Philippe Etienne wrote:

During searches before the internet (and before being a translator), I tended to get lost in paper dictionary/encyclopaedia pages too. But I can always claim a genetic trait : my uncle is well known for not being able to peel vegetables on a newspaper sheet (like we used to do before before segregated waste obligations) : he compulsively reads it, whatever the subject and currency. And vegetables don't get peeled.

Philippe


lol There are those of us who will read anything! I can just as easily get side-tracked using a dictionary, reading a shampoo bottle or just about anything with text…


 

Yetta J Bogarde  Identity Verified
Denmark
Local time: 09:22
Member (2012)
English to Danish
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No, on the contrary Mar 23, 2013

I am just coming to appreciate it due to my work

[Edited at 2013-03-23 13:01 GMT]


 

Thayenga  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 09:22
Member (2009)
English to German
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Not really Mar 23, 2013

Only due to my work as a translator am I "fond" of the Internet, and need to be online.
During my free time I can hardly be found online. The key is finding the right balance, as it is with anything that one might become addicted to.icon_wink.gif

However, being unable to go online, as was the case for 5 days a couple of months ago, makes me wonder about my previous statement. Too much Internet is about as "bad" as too little or, even worse, none of it.icon_biggrin.gif

[Edited at 2013-03-23 13:27 GMT]


 

Allison Wright  Identity Verified
Portugal
Local time: 08:22
German to English
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Happy to peel vegetables Mar 23, 2013

When working, slow or non-existent Internet connections induce severe withdrawal manifest as fidgeting, twitching, increased blood pressure, mood swings and high anxiety until I get my fix.

When planting, picking or peeling fruit or vegetables, my other personality takes over, and addict-Allison goes to sleep.icon_wink.gif


 

Julian Holmes  Identity Verified
Japan
Local time: 17:22
Member (2011)
Japanese to English
Hmmm Mar 23, 2013

As others have pointed out, it's a necessary part of our modus operandi as translators. It's helped make our work much, much easier. Remember the days of typewriters and telephones anyone? I do not relish the thought of going back to those "good old days" and the accompanying inconvenience and hassles.

However, as addictions go, it's way down the list. Should I even dare broach the subject of chocolates? icon_biggrin.gif


 

Steve Kerry  Identity Verified
Local time: 08:22
German to English
Definitely yes! Mar 23, 2013

I'm a complete information sponge, and the Internet feeds that desire like nothing else. I remember spending hours reading up on "pipeline pigging" just for fun (!) following a chance reference and being fascinated by it. Strangely enough, I recently got an operating manual on pipeline valves to translate, so it paid off in the end...

In my alternative life, I would much rather spend time sailing, fishing and motorcycling, and I wouldn't mind if I never saw a computer again as long as I lived. Useful as they are, they do have an unfortunate tendency to destroy the soul.

Steve K.


 

Gianluca Marras  Identity Verified
Italy
Local time: 09:22
Member (2008)
English to Italian
definitely not Mar 23, 2013

I use internet as everybody else here for work, and I panic in case there are problems (3 days due to a router change this week). But when I am not working I do not even sit at my desk, unless specifically required by my family (download pictures, check something on the web). I have forgotten how to use the web for "fun", even when I a have a break.
It is a tool, necessary for me, but not more than that.


 

Allison Wright  Identity Verified
Portugal
Local time: 08:22
German to English
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Combo-addiction Mar 23, 2013

In case you have not already discovered it, Julian, addiction to chocolates and addiction to the Internet can coexist peacefully.

I actually had a discussion about chocolate earlier this week. Someone of my acquaintance pointed out that there is no such thing as too much chocolate, so now I am not sure if one can become addicted to it.icon_smile.gif


 

Triston Goodwin  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 01:22
Spanish to English
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I might be... Mar 23, 2013

The first thing I do when I get up every morning is check emails, news, stocks (not that I have any) and facebook. It's also the last thing I do before going to bed. I actually keep my laptop in my bedroom so easy access.

Personally, I blame my wife. While she was still in Argentina, the only connection I had to her was through the internet. That's why I was such an addict. Once I was laid off from my in-house job and started as a freelancer, it just got worse, since now I was "working" while talking to my dear Gaby.

She's here in the US now, and we're coming up on our first anniversary in May. My addiction has calmed down significantly, but it hasn't gone away ^_^


 
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