How can I stop spending so much time on the Internet?
June 16, 2014 10:07 AM Subscribe
I feel like I'm addicted to the Internet. The first thing I do when I wake up in the morning is go on my smartphone and Reddit for at least half an hour. I live at home and spend most of my day on the computer listening to music and surfing the web into the early hours of the morning.
posted by fallingleaves to Health & Fitness (16 answers total) 62 users marked this as a favorite
I go on the same websites over and over again, just waiting for new content show up (it feels like an addiction). I'm so bored of it all but it's a comfortable (yet sad) existence. As soon as I find new content it makes me feel good for a brief moment, then I back to feeling sad. I feel like my web use is ruining my brain.
I'm currently unemployed and am really lacking motivation to do anything. The thing I enjoy most is playing guitar and singing but even then I'm using the Internet to look up chords and lyrics. I used to be an avid reader but books just don't hold my attention any more, I got bored and my mind wanders really easily. Same goes for films and TV shows, I can never just sit down and watch things I constantly keep opening new tabs and checking my phone for notifications.
It just feels like all of my time is orientated around the Internet either through my computer and/or smartphone. Pretty much all of the media I consume Music/TV/Games/Movies is through them and I never just do one activity at a time like listening to music. Reading is the only activity I partake in which isn't on a computer.
I have all these new habits that I want to pick up like running, meditation and self-compassion but I give up really easily or listen to the excuses my brain makes to not maintain these things.
How can I get out of this rut? I miss having a good attention span and I feel really unhappy.