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Why Do We Have an Addiction to the Internet?

Why Do We Have an Addiction to the Internet?

In times like these, everyone is on the internet. Do you find yourself checking social media way too often? Do you solve arguments between friends by Googling the answers? It is easy to forget just how much the internet has become a seamless part of our daily lives. Some may consider the internet to be an addiction! People use the internet all of the time because it is a useful resource but in my view, I think we are using the internet too much. It’s an addiction.

Here is why we are addicted to the internet so much:

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1. It Helps Time Pass

When we have nothing to do, we simply grab out laptops and start searching the web for interesting things. Almost everywhere you go, there is internet access.  When there is nothing to do, I simply grab my laptop, and look up things I like. This ranges from celebrities, dream homes, music, etc. I know it may not be productive, but I find that gaining knowledge can be from a book, magazine, encyclopedia, and the internet for that matter. When we read we engage our senses. The internet enables this also. So, why shouldn’t we be addicted to internet surfing if it can help us gain so much knowledge in one place by itself?

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    2. It helps us learn

    With one click of the button, you can search for whatever it is that is on your mind. When the internet has everything it is you might need, why shouldn’t we be on the internet? I must say though, everything is good in moderation. Too much of anything can be counterproductive and I think the internet falls victim to this. When we over utilize online search capabilities, we fall victim of eye strain, headaches, as well as body aches. So instead, make it a habit to look away and get your body active. The internet is a great resource for helping you learn new information.

    3. It causes a domino effect

    I know if I search for one thing, I will search for something that is related to it that I have read in the article that I just finished. It is a tendency I have, to gain as much knowledge as I possibly can. One engine search, inevitable leads to another- just like when one domino falls, the next in line also does. I search for something and end up searching for something else. It is a quick downward spiral! Make sure to control it as it has the ability to spiral our of hand.

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    4. It is fun

    I know that engine searches are fun. Typing something into the search engine and waiting for results to pop up is exciting. It is for me. Many times, when researching, I will always hope for a .org or .gov website because it is thought that they are well trusted and helpful. I don’t know, but browsing through, and selecting them is fun for me. I know it is weird, but it is something that I like doing.The internet is fun and there is no doubting that. You can find yourself enjoying yourself, even in difficult research, because of the interesting, fun information you uncover during your searches.

    5. It helps us believe we are productive

    When searching through webpages and gather information, the internet helps us believe that we are actually productive. I wouldn’t say we are completely ridden of productivity, but it definitely is not the most productive work ethic. Productivity means actually getting up, doing something, and moving the body. Standing in front of the computer, at least, in my view, is far from things like perfection or productivity. Yet, the internet gives you the illusion that you are being productive even if you are not physically moving.

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    Last Updated on January 18, 2019

    7 Ways To Deal With Negative People

    7 Ways To Deal With Negative People

    Some people will have a rain cloud hanging over them, no matter what the weather is outside. Their negative attitude is toxic to your own moods, and you probably feel like there is little you can do about it.

    But that couldn’t be farther from the truth.

    If you want to effectively deal with negative people and be a champion of positivity, then your best route is to take definite action through some of the steps below.

    1. Limit the time you spend with them.

    First, let’s get this out of the way. You can be more positive than a cartoon sponge, but even your enthusiasm has a chance of being afflicted by the constant negativity of a friend.

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    In fact, negativity has been proven to damage your health physically, making you vulnerable to high levels of stress and even cardiac disease. There’s no reason to get hurt because of someone else’s bad mood.

    Though this may be a little tricky depending on your situation, working to spend slightly less time around negative people will keep your own spirits from slipping as well.

    2. Speak up for yourself.

    Don’t just absorb the comments that you are being bombarded with, especially if they are about you. It’s wise to be quick to listen and slow to speak, but being too quiet can give the person the impression that you are accepting what’s being said.

    3. Don’t pretend that their behavior is “OK.”

    This is an easy trap to fall into. Point out to the person that their constant negativity isn’t a good thing. We don’t want to do this because it’s far easier to let someone sit in their woes, and we’d rather just stay out of it.

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    But if you want the best for this person, avoid giving the false impression that their negativity is normal.

    4. Don’t make their problems your problems.

    Though I consider empathy a gift, it can be a dangerous thing. When we hear the complaints of a friend or family member, we typically start to take on their burdens with them.

    This is a bad habit to get into, especially if this is a person who is almost exclusively negative. These types of people are prone to embellishing and altering a story in order to gain sympathy.

    Why else would they be sharing this with you?

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    5. Change the subject.

    When you suspect that a conversation is starting to take a turn for the negative, be a champion of positivity by changing the subject. Of course, you have to do this without ignoring what the other person said.

    Acknowledge their comment, but move the conversation forward before the euphoric pleasure gained from complaining takes hold of either of you.

    6. Talk about solutions, not problems.

    Sometimes, changing the subject isn’t an option if you want to deal with negative people, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still be positive.

    I know that when someone begins dumping complaints on me, I have a hard time knowing exactly what to say. The key is to measure your responses as solution-based.

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    You can do this by asking questions like, “Well, how could this be resolved?” or, “How do you think they feel about it?”

    Use discernment to find an appropriate response that will help your friend manage their perspectives.

    7. Leave them behind.

    Sadly, there are times when we have to move on without these friends, especially if you have exhausted your best efforts toward building a positive relationship.

    If this person is a family member, you can still have a functioning relationship with them, of course, but you may still have to limit the influence they have over your wellbeing.

    That being said, what are some steps you’ve taken to deal with negative people? Let us know in the comments.

    You may also want to read: How to Stop the Negative Spin of Thoughts, Emotions and Actions.

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