Internet Addiction: The next mental illness
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Internet has been one of the most useful discoveries in this world. It makes everything possible, connecting to other people that are far away from you, being the latest in news, fashion and even gadgets. In short, internet makes our life easier. Let us note the doubled meaning of that phrase, it makes our life easier or it makes our life closer to danger. People who are addicted to internet are more prone to mental and physical diseases such as eye problem; sleeping disorders are also likely to happen. The goal of this campaign is to lessen the adverse effect of internet addiction by encouraging internet users to limit their time in using the internet by being more engaged in physical activities.
How can you overcome internet addiction?
Quitting Internet addiction may not be easy. Nonetheless, some tips can be helpful when you practice them regularly. The following tips might help you keep away from developing an addiction to the internet.
- Find Alternative Ways To Vent Your Emotions (instead of using social media, you can talk to your friends or family and share them what you feel or you can draw, write stories, poem or even songs, you can even dance to vent your emotions)
- Make Friends in Person (Yes! it's good to have many friends, but it would be nice if we make friends in person, where you can see each other, talk to each other face-to-face and exchange things about yourselves)
- Stay Close to Family (spend time with your family! do not lock yourself inside a room and prefer using the internet. FAMILY SHOULD BE FIRST. Going out with your family will lessen your addiction to internet)
- Follow a Routine (Unlike some addictions, total abstinence may not be the answer for Internet addiction, since the Internet is used for so many purposes in daily life. However, you can and should decide on an appropriate amount of time to set aside for personal Internet usage.
- Omit any time that you must use the Internet strictly for work, business, or school.
- Make a list of all of the other obligations you have and desired uses of your time, such as sleeping, time spent with friends and/or family, exercise, commuting, working or studying, etc.
- Determine how much time per week you would ideally devote to these needs.
- Consider how much time you have left per week, how much time you want to set aside for relaxing or personal use. From the remaining time, set aside an appropriate number of hours for personal Internet use. You can then apply this information to other methods to cut back on the time you spend online.
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