With COVID-19 on the loose, and people stuck at home,online addiction has become more problematic, since the Internet is our window to the world. However, this is problematic because people have died from it, and relationships have even been destroyed due to online addiction. So, to prevent this, here is a simple guide on how to prevent online addiction before it even starts.

There is More to Life than the Internet

Life is more than just video games or the Internet

Sure, the Internet may be a big part of our lives today, but we should always remember that there is more to life than just the internet, or online gaming. So, do yourself a favor and get yourself an offline hobby, and keep yourself busy in order to avoid using the Internet too much. However, make sure you get enough rest, to avoid burnout.

Take Frequent Breaks

Take frequent breaks to let your eyes rest

However, even though it is very important to remember that there is more to life than the Internet, we may be dependent on being online for our work. So, what you can do to prevent getting hooked is to take frequent breaks. For example, if you are in front of a screen for an hour, you can stand up and get yourself a drink in order to take a break. If you can’t stand, what you can do is close your eyes for a bit and take your hands off your device. How you want to take a break is up to you, just make sure you give your eyes a rest.

Fix a Time to Check Your Social Media Accounts

Only check your social media during a fixed time

I understand that social media is a great way to stay connected with friends and family. However, there should be a fixed time to check your social media accounts for leisure. This is to make sure that you are in control of your social media, not the other way around.

NOTE: However, this does not apply if the nature of your work requires you to use social media frequently. Just make sure you limit your social media usage after work hours.

Limit Your Gaming Time

A lot of young people tend to use the Internet to play games like COD Mobile, League of Legends, Overwatch, World of Warcraft, etc. It may be a good thing, for video games can teach you new things. However, too much of gaming may lead you to neglect your responsibilities, lose interest in your hobbies, or even kill you. So please. make sure you game in moderation.

Remember, Aristotle reminds us that too much of a good thing, and too little of it, are detrimental. However, if it is impossible to achieve a balance, go for the safer level, which is less gaming.

Give Time to Chat With Friends, Offline

This is not exactly a good way to chat with friends

Social Media allows us to remain in contact with our friends who are far away, just like how sending letters would maintain friendships before. However, try limiting the use of FB messenger or chat sites to communicating with friends who you cannot physically meet, or are abroad. Please give time to catch up with friends offline, keep the smartphones away, and savor each other’s company.

Don’t Let the Internet Run Your Life

In the end, online addiction is not measured in how much time you spend online, but to the extent is has taken over your life. So, to effectively prevent addiction to the Internet, be sure to follow these simple tips, for they can help you maintain control of your Internet usage, instead of letting the Internet control you.

To adapt a saying of Jesus Christ, we must remember that the Internet was made for us, not us for the Internet.