I have been struggling with this question now for the past month. I have been pretty active on this forum for over two years. I feel that this is helping me. I get really good information here as well as empathy. I feel understood and learn from others' experiences. Because of personal experiences, I was not able to get on the forum for over a month. At first, I really missed it a lot but then, I got used to it. Some well meaning people in my life have been telling me that they think I am getting too absorbed in this ME/CFS world. I spend too much time online, searching, posting, communicating. I am wondering if they have a point. In addition, if they have a point, what is the "proper" amount of time one should be spending with this. Some people feel that if you don't actively think about your situation all the time, it is healthier. They feel I should be spending time on other things - not related to my illness. They think that I am closing myself in - to my inner world of illness. This in turn, doesn't allow me to open up to other possibilities. I can understand their point of view. At the other hand, I feel like I am fulfilling a personal need to understand and be understood. I guess just like with everything, there must be a happy medium. What do you think?