With more and more mobile devices on the market it is easy and tempting to stay connected 24 hours a day, seven days a week, but it is also very important to know how and when to disconnect.

How much is too much?

This is a good question and varies from person to person with different impacts. It’s important to be aware of how your time online may be affecting your friendships, your family and your schoolwork, especially if it’s keeping you up at night. If any of these areas of your life are becoming problematic then it is likely that you need to cut back in the amount of time you spend online.

Why is it a problem?

Spending excessive amounts of time online can have significant impacts on your health, family and social life and on your academic performance at school.

How do I know if I have a problem?

The following indicators may be signs that you spend too much time on the internet:
  • ongoing headaches, eye strain and sleep disturbance
  • online activities interfering with your health and wellbeing, schoolwork and relationships
  • constantly talking about particular online programs, such as a gaming site
  • withdrawal from your ‘real world’ friends and activities
  • attributing more importance to your online activities and contacts than anything else
  • decline in your academic performance at school.

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