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September 15, 2018

Have We Become Over-Reliant on Internet Technology?

by John_A

Internet technology has made a dramatic difference to our lives and to the world in general over the years. This technology has altered the way in which we do everything from our shopping habits and methods through to the way in which we work, enjoy entertainment, socialize with friends and family, and more. By and large, there is little doubt that internet technology has made a huge positive difference to our lives but there are also concerns that we have become over-reliant on internet technology.

These days, we use the internet on a daily basis for all sorts of purposes. Most people go online when they are at work as part of their duties while others spend time online during the day via their smartphones and tablets. When we get home, many of us log onto social media sites online or go online for other purposes. Many also go online to enjoy entertainment such as gaming or streaming movies and shows. We also go online to access specialist sites ranging from government websites, travel sites, and shopping sites through to niche sites such as Peoplefinders.

Moderating the time you spend online 

Naturally, in today’s digital age it is essential for most people to go online for one reason or another. This could be as part of their work or to do research for studies. Some people are self-employed and work solely online so there is no doubt that the internet is something that benefits most of us hugely. However, it is important to ensure you do not spend all of your time online as this is what many people these days do. This not only has an effect on health but also means that you lose touch with interpersonal interaction, which can essentially affect your social life.

While there is little that can be done about having to spend long periods of time online for work, you can control the time you spend online for leisure. There is, of course, nothing wrong with going online to enjoy entertainment, message or find friends, browse, and shop. However, it is also important to ensure you live life normally as well rather than spending all of your time online. With this in mind, it is a good idea to set time limits on the amount of time you go online each day other than the time you have to spend online for work or studies. If you have children, this is even more beneficial, as it will help to teach them good habits when it comes to internet usage.

By making sure you moderate the amount of time you spend online, you can strike a balance between your online and offline life far more easily. Many people these days feel uncomfortable when it comes to personal interaction and this is because they have been brought up living their lives online. Making a change and moderating your internet use means you can enjoy the benefits of the internet while also enjoying living your normal life.

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