By now you know that as a student you are at a greater risk for internet addiction than the average person, but what are some signs of internet addicted and what can you do about it. Here are some general signs that you might have an internet use problem.
Losing track of time. Have you ever been late to class, missed an assignment or skipped lunch because minutes turned in to hour while being on internet? Has the time you spend online increase and it seems that you never have enough time to check everything you want online(Saisan)?
Decline in Academic performance. Did you notice a decline in your grades, and a lost interest in school? Have you become a procrastinator and do only the bare minimum in class(Saisan)?
Losing touch with family and friend. Is your entire social life online? Do you tell your friend that you are busy just to spend more time online? Is your family concerned about your lack of friends(Saisan)?
Felling defensive about your internet use. Do you feel irritated when someone cuts your internet session short? Have your family or friend expressed concerns about your internet use? Do your friends joke about your internet use(Saisan)?
Escaping online. Do you use the internet to cope with stress or feel a sense of utopia while being online? Have you tried to limit your internet use in the past and failed(Saisan)?
If you answered yes to one or more questions or just feel the internet is taking over your life here are some few things that will help you take under control your internet use. First, recognize the underlining problem. Many people turn to internet because of stress, depression, or anxiety. Figure out what is triggering your internet use and keep track of how much time you spend on different internet activates. Second, set goals of when and how much internet you should use. This will help you manage your time and control the internet use. Third, fined a healthy alternative to internet that will help cope with the underlining problem and fight internet addiction.
Remember Internet Addiction is a serious medical condition that can be diagnosed and treated only by trained professionals. If you feel that you are addicted to internet please sec medical attention.
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