Keeping yourself away from the Internet means staying away from progress and practically, away from the rest of the world. A decade ago people still talked about a life without the Internet, but today, this is practically impossible. Almost all forms of information, services, and communication have gone online. And even though there are some people who have embraced the Internet and all its possibilities, and know how to use it for their own benefits, there are of course those who tend to spend too much time online, forgetting real life altogether.
The most affected are kids from ages 8 to 18 years old who tend to spend over 10 hours per day online. According to some recent research, kids spend more time online than a person on a full-time job on a weekly level. And no matter how much we try to downplay it, these numbers are alarming.
Why Is This Dangerous?
Even though the online world is filled with possibilities it is, in the same way, the ideal space for different dangers that can be harmful to young adults and kids. They could be exposed to content that is not appropriate for their age or get in touch with individuals and groups that they aren’t supposed to.
Moreover, spending too much time on the Internet means that the children are robbed of real-life experiences. This can result in a risk of depression, anxiety, low grades, poor concentration, and many others. This is why it is important that adults are aware of how much time is “too much time” on the Internet. So they would know if they or their kids have a problem with Internet addiction.
What Is Considered As Internet Addiction?
Some studies claim that it doesn’t matter how many hours your kids spend online, but how they spend that time. And the same can be applied to adults. For example, if your children use the Internet to see their school schedule, or check when their next sports practice is, it isn’t the same as scrolling through social media and looking at what others have posted. When it comes to adults it can be explained this way – if you use the Internet with a purpose it isn’t the same as using it to spend some “extra time”. If that extra time exists you should spend it doing something in real life, like talking with your friends or family members or even reading, cooking, or simply walking. When there’s a compulsive need to check your social media page or see what others are doing by looking at their “Stories”, then you need to understand that you or the person who’s doing it has an Internet addiction problem.
There are many ways to help people with these issues, but the best cure is to make them see all the beauties of real life, and keep them away from the Internet as much as possible.