i was just wondering, do you think it is some sort of obsession when people have to get on the computer every day?
The key words are "have to!"
If someone pays 100s of bucks for a computer, only for getting online to chat every day and that's all they do with it most of the day, then I would consider it an obsession I guess!
I personally use it for many reasons besides chatting with my friends! I have a small business so, I use mine for that too! But I also do a lot of research for my business and for other things I'm interested in! Plus, I'm into image processing too!