Addiction to the internet and especially to social networks is a scourge that affects adults as well as children. Several questions then arise: how to spend less time in front of the screens? How to spend less time on networks? How to identify and prevent addiction in adolescents?
The advantage of spending less time in front of the screens.
E-mails, SMS, notifications… We receive them every day, day and night. A person dependent on his telephone will consult it constantly during the day and even at night. The simple emission of light which accompanies the reception of a message would be enough to alarm it. People who keep their phones near them do not really benefit from a good restful sleep, they are rather in a half-sleep. Consulting their cell phone is then a natural reflex which they automatically repeat throughout the night. They end up waking up frequently and checking their cell phone.
Many people use their phones at night to watch videos, surf the Internet or play. It is a way for them to distract themselves, to pass the time, but it does, in fact, only disturb their sleep. Indeed, the impact of prolonged use of smartphones is not only psychic. The screens of mobile devices emit blue light which stimulates the brain, thereby altering the body’s natural sleep/wake rhythm and thus delaying the body. This effect is mainly manifested by a disturbance in the secretion of melatonin, the sleep hormone responsible for falling asleep. Dependence on screens is therefore linked to sleep disorders.
Today we use many social networks for various purposes. There are those we use for pleasure, to exchange with friends, to meet people, and those strictly professional. Which ones do you use and why? This is the first question to ask yourself before limiting your use. Indeed, disconnecting from the virtual world by getting rid of your computer or tablet is not the right solution. It is an excessive and counterproductive approach that rarely works. The idea is to understand why and how you spend your time on social media, and why you should decrease this time.
As part of cognitive behavioural therapy, the professional support the patient in his process of reducing his time spent on the internet. This is done gradually at the patient’s pace. It is then interesting to compare this time spent on the screens, with all that it is possible to achieve in the same duration.
Alarming symptoms and signs
A child addicted to screens has many symptoms. He has difficulty concentrating, falling asleep and also having difficulty leaving his cell phone under any circumstances. He may also manifest fits of hysteria, nervousness or anger if parents cut the internet.
Short and long term consequences
The major disadvantage of social networks is, in particular, the violence to which they expose the person because it promotes stress and therefore insomnia, lack of concentration, fatigue, etc. This dependence also rubs off on the quality and authenticity of human relationships.