Ever since the introduction of the internet, there is no doubt it has several advantages. However, an addiction to it, most especially amongst college students, creates adverse effects. For example, physical interactions, connections, and relations have reduced over the years since the advent of the internet.
Also, internet addiction stifles innovation and authenticity. It could result in the inability to focus, loneliness, or depression among college students. There is a need to control the amount of time spent on the internet to strike a balance.
Some of the things to do to cub addiction to the internet are:
- Be intentional about controlling it: One major thing that characterizes addiction, especially among college students, is the denial of its existence. It is essential to be meticulous about the amount of time one spends on the internet.
Some symptoms to show addiction to the internet are:
- Unnecessary online shopping
- Preferring online gathering to social gatherings
- Lack of comfort outside online activities
- Frequent online gaming at the expense of other pressing issues
- Create a daily schedule: A well-planned schedule helps strike a balance in student’s daily activities. It helps create a limit to the use of the internet. It also allows for the fulfillment of preset goals and tasks.
- Reduced time with internet connected devices: Wi-fi, Mobile Data, or LAN connections to devices should intentionally be limited to the time stipulated for it. The use of applications that help block internet and device access for a specified period is another method.
- Interact and build positive physical relations: Physical interactions with people help take the mind off the immediate use of the internet. It also helps to develop vital connections, which might eventually prove effective for survival and progress.
- Seek counsel: In severe cases of addiction, open up to people who can help. Some of these people include counselors, teachers, parents, and friends who do not suffer from internet addiction.