Internet Addiction

Internet Addiction

Internet addiction refers to the strong desire to go online and putting that before everything else, and continuing to do so even if there are negative consequences. Previous attempts to control, reduce or stop internet use have been unsuccessful. One experiences satisfaction only by progressively increasing online time. Also, beginning to conceal internet use from others.

Effects

1. Reducing the time spent online will lead to anxiety, irritability, or depression
2. Situations appear of continued fatigue and dry eyes. Health and school are affected
3. No interest in previous hobbies, and even social interactions and normal life are affected
Tips on time management

1. Install the computer in a shared living area of at home
2. Set specific short-term and long-term goals for yourself
3. Set a time schedule and responsibly assign the priority and time for going online, reading, and other activities.
4. Actively participate in groups with organized and regular activities, such as 5. Boy Scouts/Girl Scouts and religious service
6. Establish diverse hobbies and maintain a healthy social life
Youth Internet Addiction Tool

Youth Internet Addiction Tool

The 20 questions below can help assess the symptoms of internet addiction, which enable parents and social workers to take appropriate intervention early on. Please think about whether the young person exhibits behaviors that meet the following descriptions during long holidays or the periods of extended internet use. Note: the following online duration does not include school or work related time.

0 - Never
1 - Very Rarely
2 - Rarely
3 - Often
4 - Very Often
5 - Always

1. Disobey parent specified online duration
2. Neglect normal duties (e.g. homework, chores) because of internet use
3. Prefer online activities to spending time with family
4. Meet friends online
5. Receive complaints about spending too much time online
6. Hurt academic performance due to internet use
7. Get online immediately after coming home
8. Become unsociable after acquiring online habits
9. Hesitate to disclose online activities
10. Secretly go online
11. Spend a lot of time using the computer
12. Receive phone calls from friends met on the internet
13. Show irritation when disturbed during internet use
14. Tire from extensive internet use
15. Wish to go online when offline
16. Lose temper when family interferes with your online duration
17. Choose internet over past hobbies
18. Become angry when family set limit to online duration
19. Choose internet over going out with friends
20. Feel depressed, nervous, or emotional when offline, but the feeling disappears as soon as going online

 

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