4 Signs of Internet Addiction

4 Signs You're Addicted to the Internet

Addiction can come in many forms, including our obsessive need to use the internet throughout the day.

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We use the internet all day, most of the time without any real purpose. We just whip out our smartphones and start mindlessly browsing on websites and social media. Does this mean you have an internet addiction? Here are a few signs of internet addiction that you should know about.

You Choose the Internet Over In-Person Interactions

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If you're spending more time online browsing Instagram, Facebook, Netflix, or any other website than you are spending with friends and family, you may have a problem. Often, even when people are surrounded by friends and family, they'll still choose to be on the internet instead of interacting. If you feel more comfortable chatting with a friend over social media than you do in person, you may have an internet addiction problem that's taking a toll on your social behavior.

You Start Neglecting Yourself

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We only have so much free time each day, especially when we're in school or working full-time. If you spend all of your free time on the internet instead of on yourself, you may be addicted to the internet. It's okay to catch up on social media, but if you neglect your responsibilities and stop taking care of yourself because you're caught up in the digital world, it's become a problem. You'll start losing time and wondering how you spent hours each day because you were mindlessly surfing the web instead of doing something productive for yourself.

You Use the Internet to Change Your Mood

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If you get a rush of dopamine when you open up Instagram to see new likes and follow requests, your mood has become entangled with the internet. If you're having a bad day and think that using social media is going to alter your attitude, you have become dependent on the internet. Most importantly, if not using the internet causes you to feel negative emotions such as depression or anxiety, you have an internet addiction problem.

You Think About the Internet When You're Offline

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If you are regularly thinking about the internet or feel a constant urge to take out your phone and start browsing, you've become addicted. The internet should not be consuming your thoughts while you are offline at work or school. The internet should be used purposefully and not to fill a void you may have in your life. If you feel urges to plug in even when you don't need to, you've developed an addiction to the internet.

Internet addiction may not seem like a severe problem because it has become such a significant part of our lives. However, being addicted to the internet can affect your life in many negative ways and even lead to mental disorders such as depression and anxiety. If you think you're addicted to the internet, start trying to log out for a certain amount of time each day, and slowly build yourself back up to where you no longer rely on the internet to fill a void in your life.

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To The High School Senior Feeling Like They're Losing Their Hometown Friends

Don't fret to much, if they are truly your best friends, you aren't gonna lose them.

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When you grow up and leave home to go to college or whatever your plans are after high school, you and your hometown best friends promise to make time for each other. You promise to always get together over breaks and to visit each other if you aren't going to the same schools or living in the same town.

But you realize over time that maybe those promises aren't gonna be kept.

Life gets complicated. School starts to become harder and harder, there are extracurriculars and work, and trying to figure out the rest of your lives; things start to get in the way. Visiting starts to happen less and less, getting together over breaks gets more complicated, you try to stay in contact but the hours in the day seem to get shorter and shorter. There are too many things that you have to accomplish in one day that it's difficult to know if you can even get together.

You start to ask yourself "Am I losing my closest friends?"

And the answer to that question is no, your lives are changing and things are starting to become real but they will always be there. Just because you don't talk all the time or you go a few months without seeing each other, they are still your friends. They will always care and always be there. Don't stress about it too much, they are always gonna be there, it's just that your lives are pulling all of you in different directions and it can get hard to keep up with everyone because you are all so busy.

You are growing up but you're not necessarily growing apart!

If they are truly your best friends they will always be there, and you there for them. As time goes on, your lives will continue to change but you are always gonna be friends. Just know that they are there when you need them, and when you do get to see each other, it's like nothing has changed and you pick up right where you left off. Your friendship is important to all of you. Don't let a little bit of silence or a busy life cause problems. You haven't lost them, trust me, you all are just figuring out life. Don't take it personally when you don't talk for a while.

"Amigas, Cheetahs, Friends for life" — Cheetah Girls

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3 Ways to Save Money on Utilities During Winter

As college students or young adults, we're always looking for ways to save some extra money each month. Here's how you can keep your house warm without spending a fortune on heating this winter.

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Don't leave your heater blasting for the next two months and pay a ton of money to the utility company. Here are three ways to keep warm and save money.

Make Sure Your Heating System Is Performing Optimally

Your heating system is what will keep your house warm throughout the winter months, but don't pay a ton of extra money because your system is working harder to heat your home. If your heating system is working at its best, it will save you a ton of money during the winter. If you think your system isn't working properly, you can have professionals come out and take a look.

Keep Your Home Insulated

Insulation helps to keep your home warm without using extra heat. By keeping your home insulated, you can save a fortune on utilities because your heating system will be doing a lot less heating. If you don't want to pay for insulation, you can do small things around the house to keep it warmer. Keep the curtains closed all the time to hold in heat. Have the fans turn the opposite way to circulate warm air. These small things can really make a difference.

Bundle Up

Instead of jumping straight to turn the heater on when it gets a bit cold in your home, bundle up with a sweater, sweatpants, and a blanket first. Keep yourself warm using comfy clothing instead of paying money to heat your home. You'll still feel just as toasty, and you'll see a big drop in your monthly utility bill from not using the heater as much.

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