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From the Introduction of "Virtual Addiction": "When I first approached the idea for this book, it was based in part, on my personal experience with the power of the Internet. When I was first introduced to the Internet I became almost instantly entranced by the online world. I noticed that I was spending far more time online than I had planned to each time I went online (and still do). I also noticed that the Internet experience was exciting to me. It felt like an adventure, and it was fun. The colors, sounds, and information all available 24 hours a day felt almost intoxicating. Like many of you, I had already been using a computer. I had essentially used it for word processing, desktop publishing, and financial programs. Although I liked the computer, it never excited me the way it did after I went online."