The 10 computer-use precepts

Buddhist ethical conduct including the Five Precepts (Pañcasikkhāpada), and Eightfold Ethical Conduct (Aṭṭhasīla).
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The 10 computer-use precepts

Post by angryrika » Thu Jan 15, 2015 2:02 am

After noticing that my excessive use of the internet is destructive to my efforts to remain mindful and concentrated, I feel that it is necessary to bring about some restrictions and make a nice handy list of guidelines for internet use. I'm trying to make them correspond in some way to the original list, but it's bit trickier than expected! Are there any stories behind the precepts that may be useful?

Here's what I've got so far
• 10 precepts
1. Refrain from killing
2. Refrain from taking what is not given
3. Refrain from sexual conduct
4. Refrain from wrong speech (false, divisive, abusive, and idle speech)
5. Refrain from intoxicants which lead to heedlessness
6. Refrain from eating after noon
7. Refrain from entertainment
8. Refrain from beautification of the body
9. Refrain from sleeping on a high/luxurious place
10. Refrain from accepting money

• 10 computer precepts
1. Refrain from attacking others in any way
2. Refrain from downloading things illegally
3. Refrain from viewing pornographic material
4. Refrain from wrong speech (false, divisive, abusive, and idle speech)*
5. Refrain from restless/compulsive/obsessive actions**
6. Refrain from using the computer after noon OR for more than an hour a day***
7. Refrain from entertainment
8. Refrain from customization
9. Refrain from using the computer when duties are unfinished
10. Refrain from …

*Lying, gossip, insult, debate, arguments... http://www.accesstoinsight.org/ptf/dham ... amma-vaca/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
**Restless web-surfing, bargain hunting, etc.
***Unless work requires internet use
It's a work in progress! I'm posting this here because I feel that you guys can help out with this since it may be something useful for everybody here. Do you agree with this list? What adjustments do you think should be made and why? As of now, precepts 8/9/10 are blank — what should go there?

Edit: I've decided that it would be best to expand the range from internet use to computer use.
Last edited by angryrika on Tue Jan 20, 2015 5:27 pm, edited 3 times in total.
For a person tormented by evil thoughts, who is passion-dominated and given to the pursuit of pleasure, his craving steadily grows. He makes the fetter strong, indeed. He who delights in subduing evil thoughts, who meditates on the impurities and is ever mindful — it is he who will make an end of craving and rend asunder Mara's fetter.

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Re: The 10 computer-use precepts

Post by Kim OHara » Thu Jan 15, 2015 4:23 am

:thumbsup:
Going well so far!
How about:
8. Refrain from obsessively updating desktop images.
9. Refrain from fancy mice and mouse-mats
10. Refrain from ebay bargain hunting.

:thinking:

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Re: The 10 computer-use precepts

Post by Mkoll » Thu Jan 15, 2015 4:31 am

Kim OHara wrote:9. Refrain from fancy mice and mouse-mats
Unless you have or are developing an RSI in one or both your arms/wrists/hands in which case I recommend using the other hand, using a trackball, using a joystick mouse, using a touchscreen, using a vertical mouse, or using a combination of the above. RSIs suck, but they can be prevented/alleviated by being smart about ergonomics.

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Re: The 10 computer-use precepts

Post by Kim OHara » Thu Jan 15, 2015 5:58 am

Mkoll wrote:
Kim OHara wrote:9. Refrain from fancy mice and mouse-mats
Unless you have or are developing an RSI in one or both your arms/wrists/hands in which case I recommend using the other hand, using a trackball, using a joystick mouse, using a touchscreen, using a vertical mouse, or using a combination of the above. RSIs suck, but they can be prevented/alleviated by being smart about ergonomics.

:smile:
Going without computers on Uposatha days?

:coffee:
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Re: The 10 computer-use precepts

Post by Mary50 » Thu Jan 15, 2015 7:25 am

This is really interesting angryrika.

I'm the moderator on a large writers forum (a closed group) and while I'm not sure the suggestions there are distilled enough to be precepts, we do look at them closely. To rephrase:

Refrain from entering every argument you're invited to join

Refrain from gossipy speculation and projections about fellow posters

Refrain from escapism when there are tasks and responsibilities needing attention in real life

The positives of participating on forums or mailings lists would be to build community and help one another.

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Re: The 10 computer-use precepts

Post by Kim OHara » Thu Jan 15, 2015 7:31 am

Mary50 wrote:This is really interesting angryrika.

I'm the moderator on a large writers forum (a closed group) and while I'm not sure the suggestions there are distilled enough to be precepts, we do look at them closely. To rephrase:

Refrain from entering every argument you're invited to join

Refrain from gossipy speculation and projections about fellow posters

Refrain from escapism when there are tasks and responsibilities needing attention in real life

The positives of participating on forums or mailings lists would be to build community and help one another.
The third of those rang a loud, clear bell with me!
[goes off to do housework]

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Re: The 10 computer-use precepts

Post by angryrika » Thu Jan 15, 2015 4:38 pm

Mary50 wrote:This is really interesting angryrika.

I'm the moderator on a large writers forum (a closed group) and while I'm not sure the suggestions there are distilled enough to be precepts, we do look at them closely. To rephrase:

Refrain from entering every argument you're invited to join

Refrain from gossipy speculation and projections about fellow posters

Refrain from escapism when there are tasks and responsibilities needing attention in real life

The positives of participating on forums or mailings lists would be to build community and help one another.
Thanks! I'll put in the first and last since the second one goes with the fourth precept on wrong-speech.
Kim OHara wrote: 8. Refrain from obsessively updating desktop images.
9. Refrain from fancy mice and mouse-mats
10. Refrain from ebay bargain hunting.
Kim, it seems that 8 and 10 could be included under the precept of compulsive or obsessive computer use. As for fancy mouse-pads, it seems a little bit too narrow to include since it only applies to those who have mousepads. :)
For a person tormented by evil thoughts, who is passion-dominated and given to the pursuit of pleasure, his craving steadily grows. He makes the fetter strong, indeed. He who delights in subduing evil thoughts, who meditates on the impurities and is ever mindful — it is he who will make an end of craving and rend asunder Mara's fetter.

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Re: The 10 computer-use precepts

Post by Kim OHara » Thu Jan 15, 2015 9:49 pm

angryrika wrote:
Kim OHara wrote: 8. Refrain from obsessively updating desktop images.
9. Refrain from fancy mice and mouse-mats
10. Refrain from ebay bargain hunting.
Kim, it seems that 8 and 10 could be included under the precept of compulsive or obsessive computer use. As for fancy mouse-pads, it seems a little bit too narrow to include since it only applies to those who have mousepads. :)
I was just trying to get as close as possible to the original precepts ...

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