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Using the Internet for homework and for fun is common and normal. But, when your time online takes away from homework, time with friends and family or other things you enjoy, it’s called Internet addiction. In this handout, you will learn tips to cut down on the time you spend online or on mobile apps.
Internet addiction is when you gradually (over time) lose control over how often you limit, avoid or control the amount of time you spend on the Internet. This can also include mobile apps.
For teens who have Internet addiction, going online releases endorphins (brain chemicals that trigger feelings of pleasure). This makes it very hard to control or limit how much time you spend online.
Internet addiction is similar to other types of addictions because it interrupts your real-life relationships with friends and family. Time away from real-life relationships can cause you to be socially awkward because you haven’t practiced your social skills with real people.
Internet addiction can also cause:
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