Hi, My Name Is Molly and I'm Addicted to Browser Tabs

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We need to talk about my addiction to opening browser tabs. And leaving them open. Because maybe it's your addiction, too.

Right now I have 16 tabs open, of which four are actively being used. The remaining 12 are split between a) pages I need to reference for something I'm not working on right now and I don't want to close them because then I'll forget b) pages I think I'm about to need but in reality probably will not.

If my honest assessment of the situation has you thinking it's not really that big a deal, reader, you are wrong.


Pages are constantly going unresponsive, constantly freezing up, Chrome is constantly asking me whether I'd like to kill a page—or a few—or wait it out. I always wait.

Of course, this tab situation is replicated in my application use, too. And all the applications running freeze things up even more. Uggk! It's a nightmare.


Here is what I want to know: Do you do this, too? Is there a program like Freedom that will cap my tab activity at, say, a perfectly reasonable 7-tab maximum? I know it's bad for me, but I need help to stop. Leave suggestions or share your own stories in the comments, pleeeease. [Image via bioraven/Shutterstock]