Internet Addiction

Internet Addiction

Internet addiction is for real. It’s a compulsive behavior that causes people to isolate themselves from others, put off their obligations, and engage in potentially self-destructive or illegal behaviors.

Signs of Internet Addiction

  • Are you spending 3 or more hours a day online?
  • Are you online when you would normally sleep?
  • Do you skip or delay eating so you can be online?
  • Are you choosing to go online rather than spend time with friends face to face?
  • Are you skipping class to go online?
  • Do you ever spend more time online than you first intended to?
  • Do you ever tell yourself "I'll just check my email," and then stay online?
  • Are your grades slipping?
  • Have you tried to stop and find you can't?

Need help?

If you have trouble cutting back or stopping self-destructive internet use, schedule an appointment with a CAPS counselor by calling (812) 855-5711. If you’ve paid your Student Health Fee this semester, your first two visits are free.

Self-Help for Internet Addiction

Here’s how you can have a healthy relationship with the internet.

  • Limit your time on the internet to 1–2 hours a day.
  • Set a cut-off time to your internet use so you do not stay up too late.
  • Say yes to face-to-face activities rather than going online.
  • Avoid pornographic and gambling websites.
  • Ask yourself, "How embarrassed would I be if my mother knew I was looking at this?"
  • Consider installing web-blocking programs on your personal computer.
  • Talk about what you do online. If you're embarrassed to do this, then it has power over you.
  • If anyone tells you they think you have a problem, try to consider this seriously. Denial is a powerful initial response for most of us. Remember that most friends have to cross a lot of psychological barriers before they confront us. The fact that they cared enough to say something to you may be a powerful red flag you should pay attention to.

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