The Internet is a wonderful resource – an amazing library, a place to connect with people and try new things, and a source of entertainment all in one. Most of us use it every day, either because we want to, or because it’s required for our coursework or jobs.
But sometimes our time online starts to interfere with the other things we’re trying to do in our lives. Depending on how much of a problem it presents, we may consider this compulsive or even addictive behavior. If your Internet use is having a negative impact on your life, you may want some help finding ways of addressing that.
Would you say that any of the following are true for you?
- You spend so much time online that you’re not getting your class assignments done, or you’re not studying enough for exams.
- You spend so much time online at night that you only get a few hours of sleep.
- You set yourself limits for how much time you’re going to spend online, but you always exceed them.
- You have eyestrain, backaches, leg pain, headaches, or hand or wrist pain from spending so much time online.
- Your romantic partner feels hurt by your use of online pornography or by your relationships with other men or women online.
- You would rather spend time with people you only know online than with real-life friends or romantic partners.
- You’re gambling online more than occasionally or more than you can afford to lose.
- You feel depressed or anxious if you can't or don't go online.
If you feel your Internet use is interfering with your life in these ways and you want help managing it better, you can contact UHS Counseling and Consultation Services for an appointment at 608-265-5600.