World No Internet Day is celebrated annually on the last Sunday of January. On this day, many people decide not to go to the World Wide Web for at least a day. However, for some, such a test is beyond their strength. We are talking about those who have become addicted to the Net. It is a chronic disease that affects the structures of the brain - specifically those responsible for memory, motivation, and reward. How to recognize your dependence on the Internet and why it is important to give it up at least for a day - in the material NEWS.ru.
Internet addiction most often occurs in people who are unable to fulfill their needs in a particular area of life. In this case, they try to satisfy them in the virtual space. Clinical psychologist and neuropsychologist Alexandra Kondrakhina stated this in a conversation with NEWS.ru.
Experts distinguish several types of dependence on the World Wide Web: Internet surfing - a constant search for information that is of no value; virtual communication - the need for constant communication; online games - they are usually accompanied by a desire to invest money; virtual casino or bargaining - the pursuit of quick earnings. Each of them negatively affects the psychological state of a person, can lead to insomnia, frequent headaches, and also to the destruction of interpersonal relationships, explained Kondrakhina.
In order to get rid of Internet addiction, you first need to recognize and recognize it. It's worth worrying if, after waking up, you start the day by watching events on social networks, and not with hygiene procedures or exercise. Another sign of addiction is the desire to constantly record their actions and post them for everyone to see - be it photos or blog posts.
Author: Alexandra Kondrakhina [clinical psychologist and neuropsychologist]
You should also worry if you can't let go of the phone for a minute and look at the monitor almost every minute. Or they are unable to track how much time you spend online. You have a bad mood or hysterics when the electricity is cut off or the connection to the Internet is cut off. Addiction, among other things, is also indicated by the fact that being in the company of friends and relatives, a person is often silent and at the same time corresponds in messengers with other people. This behavior often leads to the destruction of real contacts, constant scandals in the family - this is another wake-up call. You should also be wary if you have problems with study or work - with Internet addiction this is a frequent occurrence, because a person's attention and thoughts are directed in a different direction. Problems are also indicated by the fact that the individual continues to "hang" on the phone even while moving around the city.
Dependence on the World Wide Web is often manifested in the physical condition of a person - he begins to see worse, experience dry eyes, discomfort in the back, neck, wrist, and also face a violation of his diet, notes Kondrakhina.
Recipe for disease
Clear rules will help you overcome your addiction to the Internet. It is necessary to limit the screen time rate - it is advisable to set it in the phone settings. In this case, the gadget itself will notify you of excessive use of the Internet, psychologist Elena Danilova explained in a conversation with NEWS.ru.
If you notice that a loved one has begun to spend too much time on the Internet, tell him about it. The main thing is to do it without reproaches and instructions, but sincerely and with care.Otherwise, a person can take your words "with hostility", explains the psychologist. The specialist recommends agreeing with a loved one about a joint infodetox when you turn off gadgets for a day, warning your loved ones about this.
Author: Elena Danilova [psychologist and astrologer]
World No Internet Day is a great way to start your journey to combat addiction. It will be very difficult to abandon the Web for the first time. The hand will, out of habit, reach for the smartphone. Moreover, a person may experience increased anxiety due to the thought that they will miss something important. As with any addiction, it is important to wait out the “withdrawal” moment. For the first time it will be a victory, even if you manage to relax and distract at least a little - go in for sports, take a walk with the dog, cook your favorite dish and please your loved ones. The next day, you will return online and realize that the world has not collapsed, but you have received a kind of reboot.
After a trial day without the Internet, the psychologist recommends conducting such experiments regularly - first once a month, and then once a week. Each time, such a practice will be easier and easier and will soon have a significant impact on the psychological state of a person. In particular, it will improve sleep and memory, reduce anxiety and make it possible to focus on the really important things, Danilova summed up.