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How do I stop from using the internet too much?

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Last Updated: 08/03/2020 at 8:31pm
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January 23rd, 2016 2:38pm
I have to go to work all the time because it pays my bills like a cool guy. Speaking of cool guys I'm awesome
January 26th, 2016 2:45am
Try putting a small clock to tell you when you need to get off, if that doesn't work, set up a thing to shut the pc/laptop/phone etc. off and turn back on at a certain time,
January 28th, 2016 4:01am
Indulge in activities you maybe reading, drawing, writing or anything that you like. Reserve the time you spend on first it might be a little hard to follow but with practice and right determination you'll be able to do it for sure. Think of better things that can grab your attention and try to do it daily...
January 28th, 2016 11:35am
A good way to stop using the internet is to set yourself a timer, when the timer goes off take a break and remove yourself from things that can connect to the internet. Spend sometime outside, reading, writing, talking to a friend, going for a run etc
January 28th, 2016 1:11pm
So your problem is using internet so much. You should make a timetable and use computer only 1 hour per day, other times you should turn off computer and lose your connection
January 29th, 2016 6:16am
Indulge yourself in physical activities and educational stuff. Talk to your friends face to face rather chatting on internet. Read books, go outside, play games and spend lots of time with family. When you do this you wont even try to use the internet much.
January 29th, 2016 2:47pm
The most important thing here is to gain control over oneself which is obviously the toughest part. Believe me, I'VE BEEN THERE AND STILL GO THROUGH THIS AT TIMES. Try meditation which would help you gain control over your mind. You may also use this app called cold turkey which is of great help to block those sites which you find are addictive. My 2 cents!
January 30th, 2016 11:42pm
Go outside, arrange to hang out with friends. Get out of the house and do something fun! You can do it!!
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February 3rd, 2016 10:54am
Give yourself some regular breaks and set some times for how long you can be on the internet at a time - perhaps invest in a hobby like sport, reading or art.
February 4th, 2016 6:09am
The little boy I am nannying had the same problem, so I set daily goals for him, (he's 7) such as getting dressed, making the bed, good day at school, and finishing his homework. For each of these goals he got 5 minutes of Internet time. You can do the same, with different goals such as put laundry away, do dishes, and do homework. Good luck!
February 5th, 2016 4:05am
i think u can use some apps which specifically made for this purpose , such as NET BLOCKER
February 6th, 2016 3:38am
Try to balance your daily activities with various hobbies and interests like going to the park, movies, sports and spending time with family and friends.
February 6th, 2016 3:51pm
Keep all access to the internet out of sight because if it's out of sight it's out of mind! You don't want to use it so just keep it away!
February 8th, 2016 4:10am
I personally use timers and find those very helpful. I would suggest trying that to avoid over use of the internet.
February 10th, 2016 1:58am
Try to balance out your time by putting other things in your schedule that will take you away from the temptation. Go for a walk, arrange a meet-up with friends, or even put your device away and focus on work or other extracurricular activities, such as reading or writing, instead.
February 10th, 2016 7:40pm
You can use distractions, or make a timetable for yourself. When you don't need to use the internet do something like reading, exercise or going out with friends. To make a timetable give yourself however many minutes/hours you want to be on the internet and plan the rest of the day with the things you want to do. For example you wake up at 9 and you spend half an hour on the internet. You would like to use the internet for 2 hours a day. You then go off to do whatever, for example football. You then make lunch and go on the internet for another 30 minutes. After that 3o minutes you do something else you like, for example write in your diary. Then you do another half an hour of internet, cook and eat dinner. Spend your last half an hour on the internet and then go to bed. Or you could spend 2 hours straight on the internet, but that could be tricky if you want to use the internet at another point.
February 12th, 2016 12:17am
Just simply turn your phone off. if that isn't enough, give it to a trusted family member or friend. When you truly want it back, just ask for it.
March 8th, 2016 8:31am
There are great apps now for android and apple that allow you to set a timer on your phone, and it will block you out for that amount of time. Many people have come to love ir. Hope this helps, and hope you check it out!
April 18th, 2016 12:04pm
You need to put some limits on yourself or develop rules or restrictions for access to your devices.
July 11th, 2016 11:33pm
every so often just turn all your devices off and have a device free day see where it leads you.....
July 18th, 2016 11:33am
avoid the internet containing things.then you can be less distracted because you less tempt to use them
October 18th, 2016 10:25am
Plan out somethings which can keep you away from the internet. Hangout with friends and family. Watch television, or maybe read books related to the topic you like. Go out for walks and listen to music or spend some time pampering yourself. Doesn't matter if you are a male/female; everybody deserves to be pampered.
January 30th, 2017 9:32pm
The Internet hooks you in by its range of services, which is not necessarily a bad thing. If you want to try to lay low on Internet usage, try going out more on activities you wouldn't bring your phone and at home, try start slowly like taking that extra 15 minutes off before going to bed and gradually get more and more minutes off
February 19th, 2018 3:31am
You could set a timer and try to limit yourself to only a certain amount of internet use a day.
June 12th, 2018 6:45pm
We get used to novelty seeking so much that we find random browsing on the internet so much addictive. Meditation is decreasing novelty is the first step to control our addictions. We should try to observe the triggers and cravings and should try consciously let them pass away. If there is no dire need to access the internet, we should try to keep away from it. We unintentionally end up wasting a lot of time keeping our brains engaged in random browsing. We need to consciously make efforts to stop that. Also, most likely we got trapped into other addictions as well like sugar, shopping, games etc. If not internet, an addictive mind looks for something else to satisfy gain that shot of dopamine. So, try to slowly eliminate all kinds of addiction and meditation can be a good way to practice the same.
August 14th, 2018 2:17am
Honestly, you don’t. You need to accept that. Find other things to occupied yourself without having to look at the screen too much.
May 19th, 2020 5:17pm
Try to look for activities that don't involve the internet such as walking outside or reading a book instead. Maybe you can set up a goal such as not looking at the internet in the morning or the afternoon or at night. You can limit your screen hours or just turn off your computer or phone. Maybe try a new hobby that doesn't involve using the internet such as exercising or talking to a family member or talking to someone on the phone. Tell yourself not to use the internet and set certain times at which you will use the internet and when you won't and try to keep to it.
June 8th, 2020 1:58pm
The internet, no doubt helps us get connected to the world in an intimate and more fulfilling way but cutting off becomes necessary when it forces you to disconnect from the here and now. I have been able to disconnect myself from using internet by uninstalling the app that were most time consuming and most importantly, I reflect on which of needs were getting satisfied by using the internet, one I figure that out I easily redirect to other activities which help me fulfill those needs. For example if my need to get attention is one thing that gets satisfied through the internet then I make sure that I spend enough time with my loved ones to keep myself from using the more unreliable source. This method has help me in the past and I do that even now when I try to detach myself from the virtual world.
August 3rd, 2020 8:31pm
I understand how you feel, especially during these quarantine times. It's hard to stay occupied and busy when you're home most of the time. However, the best way to stop yourself from using the internet excessively is to limit the time you use it and finding other ways to keep yourself busy. First of all, it helps a bunch to allot times of the day to use the internet (i.e. checking emails in the morning, doing work in the afternoon, and taking time to do other things in the day, etc.). Secondly, now is a great time to explore a new hobby or read a book (do things that you normally would not have the time to do!).