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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Are You Addicted to Screen Time?

Are You Addicted to Screen Time?



Are You Addicted to Screen Time?


Technological advancements have brought great things to the world.  The computer, along with the internet, can be super beneficial for many things.  Some people, however, find they can’t seem to pull themselves away from their screen, which presents a big problem.  Along with every good thing comes the possibility for a bad thing, and computers and smartphones are the perfect example.  Occasionally, you might have a day when you spend longer than you should roaming the internet or playing games, but it is actually a possibility to develop a computer addiction.

Computer addiction, as with any other addiction, doesn’t necessarily have a set amount that makes you an addict.  Determining whether you have an addiction is based on a bigger picture and how much it’s affecting your life.  If you are addicted to your screen, you will probably have a constant preoccupation with when the next time you will be able use it.  You may find that you make broken promises to yourself such as saying you’re only going to go on for a certain amount of time, then far exceeding your set time limit or going on for a specific reason like homework, and finding yourself engaging in another activity, such as online shopping.  

When you’re addicted to your screen, it could start to affect many other areas of your life.  You may find that you’re obsessing about playing a game or going online instead of enjoying time with your family.  Relationships may begin to suffer and you might start lying about when and what you’re doing.  Many times people turn to their computer because they want to escape certain feelings.  Lots of addicts even experience a euphoric high when they’re able to use their machine.  

Since computers are relatively new, there is still a great deal of research that needs to be done regarding computer addiction.  However, existing studies have found many who develop computer addictions have some form of mental health disorder, such as depression or anxiety.  Seeking professional help for untreated depression or anxiety could help tremendously.  Behavioral therapy or self-help support groups can also be a great asset and help overcome the urge to use your screen.


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