“It seems that in the back yard of every adult service stream, there’s a selfless guy offering to free disgruntled users from the horror of ‘porn addiction’. But have you ever stopped to think what ‘porn addiction’ is supposed to mean, and how such an addiction could work in a clinical sense?
Given that the term is applied to a much broader base of sexually-motivated vices than simply buying or using pornography, why is it called ‘porn addiction’ and not ‘sex addiction’? Is it even an addiction at all? And if ‘porn addiction’ is a myth, should we not just accept it as “a white lie which is helping to eradicate evil?”
Continue reading Why ‘Porn Addiction’ is a Myth
“Most of us recognise the concept of timewasting as a particularly annoying, manipulative and selfish form of attention-seeking.
If you’ve ever worked in a luxury goods store, chances are you’ll associate the word ‘timewaster’ with someone who pretends they’re going to make a significant purchase, just so they can be emotionally pampered by the staff. Continue reading Why Most Timewasters Are Male
Establishing a profile on the Internet is generally very rewarding. But as your online presence gains greater visibility, you may increasingly find yourself beset with approaches from people you’d rather be harpooned up the backside than accommodate in their self-serving requests. Continue reading Serving the Self-Servers: Profiting From Unsolicited Online Contact
“Scrankers. They’re the virtual world’s answer to kerb-crawlers… Except their highway is Twitter, their vehicle is a computing device full of Porn Valley evercookies, and their wallets are invariably empty.
Continue reading Scrankers: New-Age Online Kerb-Crawlers in Close-up
“Personal ads. They’re shit. They don’t work. Except they’re not, and they do. If your personal ad is not working, it is in fact you who are shit. Here’s why the majority of people who place personal ads fail miserably, time after time, and what they should do to turn things around…
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Most creeps know, deep down, that they’re creeps. Even if we weren’t aware of that before the rise of Web 2.0, we certainly are now. On Twitter – one of the Internet’s most conducive platforms for questionable conduct – we can see the creep at work, and a defining facet of his behaviour is a constant quest to hide his activities from the wider world. A creep wants his lascivious and suggestive fawning and/or propositioning to be private, but women won’t talk to him in private, so he airs all of his embarrassing virtual laundry in public. Continue reading The Twitter Creep Test
Anger. Most of it is momentary. Someone gets heavily stressed and annoyed, they flare up and lash out, they apologise, it’s over. But the Internet has highlighted an altogether different type of anger. It’s not the result of stress, and it’s far from momentary. This is a type of anger that becomes ingrained in an individual to the core. It won’t diminish, even over a matter of years. This is the anger of the Online Hater – a particularly aggressive and abusive type of Internet troll, who will be just as abusive tomorrow as he/she is today. As hateful next month as this.
The individual reasons behind online hate campaigns vary, but Continue reading Who Is The Online Hater?