Jill Palmer Says...
Feeling pleasure when you get on line isn't necessarily a bad thing. If you use the internet as a way to cope with the stresses of the day, feeling pleasure in being able to relax and enjoy yourself could be normal. Only you will know if the pleasure you feel is appropriate for what you are using the internet for or whether you think it might be overly pleasurable.
As for the time you spend on the internet, it does appear to be getting in the way because your spouse has a problem with it. It's all about balance in your life. Spending 7 to 8 hours a day on the computer is 7 to 8 hours a day you aren't being present with your family or experiencing life. The internet is a great way to hide from life so you might want to be honest with yourself on your reasons for spending so much time on the computer. As for whether you are addicted or not, try to stay off of the computer for one day and see what happens. If your mood gets in the way of enjoying the day, you are out of balance and have a dependency of some sort.
I recommend you find the balance in your marriage and on the computer. You may need professional help if finding balance is difficult for you.
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