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Do you think being a TUG member can become an addiction?

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I must admit.

I have been off of work for almost 3 weeks now. Due to being so busy on my job, I may check in once or twice a week. I check in because I find the group here are intelligent, thoughtful people who post well crafted arguments and quality opinions.

But this past 2 weeks have been different.

I have read and interchanged thoughts and ideas much more than usual.

I don’t read because I necessarily have a timeshare. I read because it’s escapism from everyday.

I enjoy thinking of different question angles to see what intelligent responses I get. Also, sometimes, to attempt to make it light hearted and fun.

Maybe I check in too much. I should perhaps join TUG Anonymous?

I suppose once I return to work the addiction will clear.

So, do you find yourself checking in to TUG to read posts too much?








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I don’t think addiction is the right word. That implies that Tug is something negative to be stopped. I see Tug as a good social network and huge information resource of (generally) positive people who contribute to help others.

As long as someone is adding to the great energy here, it’s good. Others would only wish they could visit more. So you’ve been lucky.


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I check in here too much as well.
More friendly-less contentious than Facebook.
More intelligent.
People more aligned socioeconomically.
A common 'habit'- travel.
 

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I don’t think addiction is the right word. That implies that Tug is something negative to be stopped. I see Tug as a good social network and huge information resource of (generally) positive people who contribute to help others.

As long as someone is adding to the great energy here, it’s good. Others would only wish they could visit more. So you’ve been lucky.


Dave

Perhaps addiction is not the right word and I do think TUG is a good thing. Dave, I have seen you on regularly. Are you reading all the time? Are you waiting for the iPad push? Why do you engage daily?


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Perhaps addiction is not the right word and I do think TUG is a good thing. Dave, I have seen you on regularly. Are you reading all the time? Are you waiting for the iPad push? Why do you engage daily?


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I already said it. Tug is a good social network and huge resource of information. I have friends here. I learn things about timesharing that helps me out, to the benefit of my family. I also contribute to things in a way that others appreciate. (There is a reason I’ve gotten more post LIKES than any other Tug contributor.) Tug is part of my online experience that I enjoy. I own timeshares. Why are YOU here?

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Perhaps a better way to reframe it is when people just have to watch “Survivor” or “Game of Thrones”. Routines are adapted to ensure the next episode is watched. It’s not a bad thing, but it becomes an obsession perhaps?

It’s just I see quite a few folks on very often. Again, it’s a good thing. But does it become something someone is compelled to do? I do know people on Facebook who just can’t live without it. They check in often and are lost without it.


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I already said it. Tug is a good social network and huge resource of information. I have friends here. I learn things about timesharing that helps me out, to the benefit of my family. I also contribute to things in a way that others appreciate. (There is a reason I’ve gotten more post LIKES than any other Tug contributor.) Tug is part of my online experience that I enjoy. I own timeshares. Why are YOU here?

Dave

I’ve also said it earlier. I am here because I find many people here are intelligent and craft good posts. You are one of those people on my list BTW. I enjoy reading your thoughts and comments.


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And before TUG? It’s like I remember the time before cell phones. Just go anywhere and people are pulling out their phones and fiddling while waiting. An airport is a great example. Sitting there are a sea of people on their phones. Not a bad thing but somehow seems to now be something people can’t do without. Before, I remember people used to talk to each other. Now, they text each other.


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TUG-BBS can be habit-forming for sure.

( Not that there's anything wrong with that. )

-- Alan Cole, McLean (Fairfax County), Virginia, USA.​
 

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TUG-BBS can be habit-forming for sure.

( Not that there's anything wrong with that. )

-- Alan Cole, McLean (Fairfax County), Virginia, USA.​

Yes, I agree. I suppose I used the word addiction (with positive connotation) in the sense that one can’t put it down because it brings a sense of pleasure and we always crave pleasure in either good or bad ways. It’s kind of like reading a good book. We just have to read the next chapter. Could TUG be the same thing? I do know, in my case, I must go on vacation. I just can’t stop. I feel crappy if I don’t. Is that an addiction (in a good way)?


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About 4 years ago, I promised myself not to bring any devices while on Vacation. I wanted to disconnect so I can enjoy my surroundings, not get called or text from work and meet people face to face. Man, the first couple of years were very difficult. Out of habit, I would look for my smartphone while on vacation in a panic. It felt the same way as losing my wallet. I just got to find it. I just couldn’t stop. It was a habit, like an addiction, I had to break and did feel withdrawal.

Could TUG be the same thing? The only way to truly know is to stop for a bit and see if you just can’t resist logging on.


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Perhaps a better way to reframe it is when people just have to watch “Survivor” or “Game of Thrones”. Routines are adapted to ensure the next episode is watched. It’s not a bad thing, but it becomes an obsession perhaps?

It’s just I see quite a few folks on very often. Again, it’s a good thing. But does it become something someone is compelled to do? I do know people on Facebook who just can’t live without it. They check in often and are lost without it.


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For me it is a choice, not an addiction. There are other online groups that I haven’t been on for months.

I find tug to be a place to go that has civility thus a safe place to enjoy and relax.

Tuggers are a resourceful group of people not only in timesharing but all aspects of life. The knowledge available is what you desire to read about.

Those of us that visit here frequently, I am one, are a community of friends who share their experiences and support each other. We notice when someone has been gone awhile and reach out.

I have made close friends, some I meet on vacation, others I hope to meet one day even though I feel I have already.

I feel Tug is like anything else in life. It is how you use it and what you make of it. Lots of different options for all to choose.

If others view me as a Tug addict, so be it. No harm, I am proud to be a tugger.
 

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For me it is a choice, not an addiction. There are other online groups that I haven’t been on for months.

I find tug to be a place to go that has civility thus a safe place to enjoy and relax.

Tuggers are a resourceful group of people not only in timesharing but all aspects of life. The knowledge available is what you desire to read about.

Those of us that visit here frequently, I am one, are a community of friends who share their experiences and support each other. We notice when someone has been gone awhile and reach out.

I have made close friends, some I meet on vacation, others I hope to meet one day even though I feel I have already.

I feel Tug is like anything else in life. It is how you use it and what you make of it. Lots of different options for all to choose.

If others view me as a Tug addict, so be it. No harm, I am proud to be a tugger.

Good points. So it brings you pleasure and there’s nothing wrong with that.


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I must admit.

I have been off of work for almost 3 weeks now. Due to being so busy on my job, I may check in once or twice a week. I check in because I find the group here are intelligent, thoughtful people who post well crafted arguments and quality opinions.

But this past 2 weeks have been different.

I have read and interchanged thoughts and ideas much more than usual.

I don’t read because I necessarily have a timeshare. I read because it’s escapism from everyday.

I enjoy thinking of different question angles to see what intelligent responses I get. Also, sometimes, to attempt to make it light hearted and fun.

Maybe I check in too much. I should perhaps join TUG Anonymous?

I suppose once I return to work the addiction will clear.

So, do you find yourself checking in to TUG to read posts too much?








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Put me in the group that consider it a habit. I read TUG for 4 or 5 years before finally joining a few months ago. Obviously, before becoming a member, I didn’t realize I was missing a lot of information on the parts of the site I couldn’t see. Since joining, I have learned a lot more about timesharing, as well as, other topics of interest that have nothing to do with timesharing. I have really enjoyed the threads you have started the past few weeks that have spurred some very good conversations and allowed us to learn more about each other.


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Put me in the group that consider it a habit. I read TUG for 4 or 5 years before finally joining a few months ago. Obviously, before becoming a member, I didn’t realize I was missing a lot of information on the parts of the site I couldn’t see. Since joining, I have learned a lot more about timesharing, as well as, other topics of interest that have nothing to do with timesharing. I have really enjoyed the threads you have started the past few weeks that have spurred some very good conversations and allowed us to learn more about each other.


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Thank you for your kind words.


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About 4 years ago, I promised myself not to bring any devices while on Vacation. I wanted to disconnect so I can enjoy my surroundings, not get called or text from work and meet people face to face. Man, the first couple of years were very difficult. Out of habit, I would look for my smartphone while on vacation in a panic. It felt the same way as losing my wallet. I just got to find it. I just couldn’t stop. It was a habit, like an addiction, I had to break and did feel withdrawal.

Could TUG be the same thing? The only way to truly know is to stop for a bit and see if you just can’t resist logging on.


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Welcome to a Tugoholic meeting.

Investing in timeshares can be voluntary madness.

They say our mentality and behavior is wholly irrational. Unless we have structured help, we have no hope. When you can stop visiting the site you don't want to, and when you want to stop, you can't.

There, someone had to say it. :oops:
 

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Can I skip checking posts on TUG? Of course, but do I want to? No. I stop by often because it's entertaining, educational and relaxing. It's especially nice to enjoy the pleasant atmosphere here, free from all the anger and rancor that often appears in online forums. Most TUG members love to travel, and I wonder if that shared interest brings together people I enjoy having a conversation with, even if it's just in a bulletin board context.
 

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I check in here too much as well.
More friendly-less contentious than Facebook.
More intelligent.
People more aligned socioeconomically.
A common 'habit'- travel.

I totally agree with your Facebook comparison. Your statement about being more aligned socioeconomically is interesting. I guess I had the impression we were diverse socioeconomically. We have people from all regions of the U.S. as well as several members from foreign countries. I find the different views expressed on here very interesting, especially, as I learn a little more about the backgrounds of the people behind those views.


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Addictive is the wrong word IMO. It is a safe habit. I am not shooting up drugs in my veins, taking Hard drugs in my body and harming my body.
i am not drinking alcohol.
TUGS give me something to enjoy with Tuggers, I have never seen.
 

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Can I skip checking posts on TUG? Of course, but do I want to? No. I stop by often because it's entertaining, educational and relaxing. It's especially nice to enjoy the pleasant atmosphere here, free from all the anger and rancor that often appears in online forums. Most TUG members love to travel, and I wonder if that shared interest brings together people I enjoy having a conversation with, even if it's just in a bulletin board context.

I have been spending some time to ponder the term “addiction.” Are addictions all bad? No. I think whenever the pleasure centres in the brain are activated, one wants to continue. For example, I have read a lot on people who must go to the gym or run daily or they feel crappy. From what I have read, running and exercise brings some euphoria and pleasure so the crave to repeat continues.

I suppose the key word here is it brings pleasure and thus is repeated. Vacationing is the same thing. We repeat because we crave the pleasure it brings.

So, if you are a tugaholic, it’s all good because it brings you pleasure in a good way.


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I check in twice daily, usually. I find this group informative and entertaining. I value the opinions that the TUGGERS give, especially the sightings and the exchange strategies. My husband used to call it a cult, but then he came around . He did think I was nuts many years ago, when I told him that for my birthday I wanted a timeshare in South Africa because my TUG friends said it was a good idea. But then when he saw the yearly trades to the Manhattan Club with the cheap little trader ($500 included 10 years of RCI membership) he became a believer. Ah...the good old days....
 

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The good old day was when MF were $300 p year and exchange fee were $39 per exchange.

But cost of living was lower. $300|$39 in those days was a luxury too!
In future years we will think todays prices were the good days.
 
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