Internet technology has contributed a lot to the advancement of many things, ideas and people. This technology has helped make our lives convenient in many ways.
Like every other type of technology, the internet also has its pros and cons, and although the pros are more than enough to let you forget of the cons, there are still underlying negative effects with too much use of this technology.
One glaring effect of the internet is internet addiction, which is a very real and extremely common type of condition nowadays. It may seem like a harmless thing, until it is not and you realize you are too far gone into this addiction.
Like with anything else, the secret to avoid it is prevention and controlling your internet use. Here’s how you can avoid internet addiction.
Create an “Internet use” schedule
Limiting your access to a specific time is one way to develop the discipline and control of your internet browsing.
Look at it like a regular task – like cooking dinner at 5PM and wake up at 6AM and other schedules like that.
This way, you can limit your time on the internet and avoid internet addiction altogether.
Oftentimes, internet addiction spring from being able to access anything at anytime, and you get easily distracted even when you are focused on an important task.
A good way to avoid this is to block distracting websites on your PC. You can do it on a schedule only, or block it altogether to discipline yourself and avoid distractions.
One application at a time
Use only one application at a time. You can get easily distracted when you have multiple applications open on your mobile or computers that are connected to the internet.
Notifications can easily distract you and lose your focus, which can both make you unproductive and develop an addiction.
Make internet browsing the last task.
Finish your other tasks first – like cleaning the kitchen, finishing the laundry and other chores.
This way, by the time you do get on the internet, you have limited time and also possibly too tired to stay up longer than you want to.
Find another hobby
The reason why one can easily develop internet addiction is because it becomes a hobby. Thus, starting a new hobby can also easily take your mind off overactive internet browsing.
You can start new hobbies based on your interest so that you mind can focus on other activities instead of putting too much time in browsing the web.
Although this type of technology is clearly a good fruit in terms of advancement and individual improvement, it veers us away from the simplicities of life and make us more focused on our computer and mobile screens, instead of the reality that is happening around us. Do not let this happen to you.
It’s always good to have a balanced life for both personal and technological growth.