How to Break Your Internet Addiction

It seems that everyone is always on their phones these days.

They always have something to look at. Whether they are walking along the street, on a bus, on a train, at home, in their car, at a restaurant or at the park, they are always looking at their little screens.

It seems to me that not too many people are living in reality, these days.

They are all lost in a virtual reality we call the internet.

Maybe you are one of these people, lost in a constant flow of mindless scrolling, video watching and selfie-taking.

The internet was meant to connect people. But it seems to be having the opposite effect.

People are more disconnected than ever before. They are plugged into the hive mind of the world wide web.

Although they have many friends on facebook and receive many likes on Instagram and are always sending ‘snaps’ on snapchat, they are always alone in real life.

It would seem like they are so popular and so sociable with all their friends and likes and whatnot, but in reality, they are isolated and detached.

They spend all day communicating online but have lost the ability to communicate in real life.

Although the internet has many benefits, it also has a major drawback: It is HIGHLY ADDICTIVE!

You don’t have to take my word when I say that. Simply take a walk through any town or city or even village, and take a look. I GUARANTEE that the majority of people will be staring at their smartphone.

Why is this? Are they making money by looking at their phone? Is that phone giving them nourishment? Is the phone supplying them with great timeless wisdom from ancient masters?

No. They are most likely scrolling their social media feeds, watching videos, listening to pop music, playing stupid games or texting their friends (whom they never actually see).

Take a look at yourself in the mirror. Ask yourself: Is the internet benefitting me or harming me? Am I a slave to entertainment? Am I an addict to social media?

The internet should be used as a TOOL. It should enhance your life, and be used as an educational tool or a business tool. If you are spending a lot of time scrolling through social media feeds, watching endless videos, watching pornography and playing games all the time, you are wasting your life.

All these forms of artificial stimulation, such as social media, pornography, video games, and mindless internet scrolling have a negative impact on your brain function. These habits over stimulate your dopamine receptors, therefore resulting in desensitiation of your pleasure centre.

As a result, you will lack motivation and drive in your daily life. You will feel tired and mentally fatigued. This is because the internet can be a ‘DRUG’. Social Media, Porn, Video Games and anything highly stimulating are drugs. They act on the opioid area of your brain, resulting in addiction. Unless you break free, you will always be a slave to these things.

If you want to regain your motivation, your mental clarity and your focus, I highly recommend going on an ELECTRONIC FAST. This will act to break your addictive habits with your electronic devices. It will reboot your brain and rewire your pleasure centre. As a result, you will feel more connected to reality and more focused and more driven.

During the ELECTRONIC FAST, the following things are forbidden:

  • Computers
  • Television
  • Smartphones
  • Internet
  • Video Games
  • Pornography
  • Social Media

Purchase an old school ‘dumbphone’ that can only text and call, such as a Nokia.

You may go onto the computer for 5 minutes per day to check important emails (optional).

Ideally, this electronic fast should be done for 1-4 weeks and can go on for as long as you can.

Once you have broken the addiction and rewired your brain, you can decide to use electronics in an intermittent fasting style. This means that you will select a specific time frame during the day where you will use electronic devices. For example, you may decide that you use your smartphone only between 5-6pm every evening, and the rest of the day your eyes are on real life.

If you must use a computer for work, business or study, you must be focused on only the task at hand. No Scrolling on unrelated websites, no social media, no games, no music etc. 

Try this out and tell me how it goes.

Have a nice day,

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