Originally Posted by hsp1
I guess you could say that I am on the internet for 3-5 hours a day at tops.
If you are truly on the internet for only that long each day, I'd definitely say you aren't addicted. I am online way more than that (well, I watch stuff too online, like hour shows and such, so that's my TV time as well), and I am not addicted. Sometimes I get bored when the internet's down, but it's not like I go through physical withdrawal. If you do, then I would say yes, but it doesn't sound like you are.
I'm curious, do you know these people IRL too or just online? FWIW, my brother has lots of online friends but is extremely lonely... because there's only so close you can get to someone online. I would caution against making them your *only* friends, though I see no problem with making online friends in itself.