Web surfing is very common these days and for most of us, there is hardly a day we can go without the internet. But the problem arises when a casual checking of your social media pages or watching a series of changes to a full-blown internet addiction and starts affecting our health and social relationships. There was this cousin of mine who was so addicted to the internet that it was difficult for him to keep a track of time, he would get late for all his appointments, he never made it to nay family dinner and was literally up all night tied to his computer screen. He was totally addicted to the internet and had no time for family, friends or a dedicated work life. He was suffering from a condition called internet addiction disorder. Well, he is not a rare case as research says that a greater percentage of today’s modern generation is addicted to the internet.
Here are some tips that will help you overcome you internet addiction disorder:
First of all, it is important that you admit your addiction to the internet. It is common nowadays and there is nothing to be ashamed of.
Limit your computer time –
Internet addiction is similar to being addicted to smoking or alcohol. With a myriad of interesting content over the internet, it is difficult to get rid of this habit. But reduce your usage to only when it is required. Keep your laptop out of sight. Also for your mobile phones and tablets, keep it inside a drawer or your closet. Use it only to make calls or check important e-mails. Delete all those apps that are of no use to you like game apps and multiple social media apps. The lesser the apps, the less time you’ll be spending on your phone or laptop.
Give importance to family time –
You must understand the difference between family relationships and virtual relationships. Don’t browse your phone over dinner time. Maintain a strict rule at home. Dinner time should be meant t spend time with family. Don’t answer any calls or emails, unless and until it is very important. Keeping your phone at the dining table will tempt you to check your social media feeds and one will lead to the other.
Find creative hobbies for your leisure time –
Leisure time doesn’t define unlimited indulgence to social media or virtual reality. Find a hobby that is not related to cell phones, iPhones, iPads or laptops. Stay off online games. Instead, you can join a nearby club to play games or a gym. Go to a hobby class and learn some music. Music is not just soothing but it relaxes your mind as well. Learning games and sports will not only involve you in physical activity but will also keep your away from the risk of diseases.
Set your priorities –
It is important to know your priorities. When you are a student or a working professional or a mother, you have your own priorities which are more important than being active on social media.
If you are a student, it is important to do your homework and study. If you are a working professional, learn how to manage work-life balance. Spend time with your kids and your family; they might want to spend time with you after a long day. You might as well spend a limited time on the internet if need be.
Hang out with your friends and family –
Spending time with your friends and family will help you stay away from phones, digital media, and the internet. Plan a trip to the mall, bowling alley, coffee shop or just walk your dog along with your friends in the evening.
But above all, keep your determination strong and stay away from the internet.