How much of an Internet Addict are you?

This video created by BuzzFeed ring some bells on individuals who possibly have Internet Addiction problems.

If you find yourself aligning with the symptoms in the video, let your family and friends know. Build a safety net around yourself constructed by people who care about you. Go on a digital detox, restructure your life as best as you can by socialising more with people face to face. Find a new hobby and develop new skills, discover other purposes in life.

If you find it hard to align with the animated video above, this short documentary depicts 18 year old SaolEoin going on a month of digital detox:

Although he found the month without Internet boring, he took the month’s time to film this 21-minute documentary. He says ‘I’m proud of it and it’s the best thing I’ve made so far’.

At the end of the day, this campaign aims to remind individuals real life experiences they are missing out on by helping them diagnose their addiction problems, at the same time provide tips and tricks to enhance their quality of life. We hope you will be able to face your inner fears of loneliness and find solace with REAL people, not online users! We also hope this blog helped, GOOD LUCK!

Girl went on 4 days digital detox and here’s what she learnt…

YouTube user Clisare went on a 4 day digital detox and documented it while she was offline. Check it out down below.

RULES:

You must turn off all data and wifi on your phone
You must not use the internet whatsoever (including apps that use the internet) for 4.5 days straight.
You must not warn any internet friends/followers/subscribers that you are doing it. You must just disappear with no explanation.
You must make a video documenting your progress and documenting your return to the internet at the end of the challenge – did anyone notice you were gone?

So what insight did she found?

‘I felt isolated as I cannot share what I was feeling on Twitter’

‘It gets a bit lonely, weirdly.’

‘I need someone to know I’m doing this’

‘A weight has be lifted from checking Facebook and Twitter and YouTube and Instagram and Vine’

It is interesting to see her transformation from start to finish. Her emotions when internet-banned (full of misery, boredom and constant whining) clearly depicts what a modern person would possibly go through when Internet is cut down. That is exactly why we need to balance out our priorities on the Internet space to avoid being reliant on its powers!

Internet Detox might just be what you need NOW

What is a digital detox?

A digital detox is switching off all digital devices over a short period of time.This enables you to spend time doing whatever you enjoy – offline. You can think of it as a chance to recharge and rest. A digital detox should ideally be around 24 to 72 hours (over a weekend maybe?). Therefore, it will not affect your school/professional life.

Here are a few things to think through before starting your digital detox:

Motivation

Remind yourself why you want to do a digital detox. Do you want valuable thinking time? Or to spend quality time with people who matter to you?

Time for a detox

Plan your digital detox.  Weekends and holidays are great times to try a digital detox. Tell anyone you need to that you’ll be away from your email and smartphone. It’s common for people to announce on social media that they’re about to do a #digitaldetox and you can do that too if you want.

Make some plans

Plan enjoyable activities for your time switched off. These can be things like cooking, walking, or spending time with friends and family. You could pick up a neglected hobby or spend time reading. You might choose to explore the city you live in or somewhere new. Spending time in nature is a great thing to do, as it is a proven way to restore your attention.

Logging off

Straight after switching off, you might feel a sense of unease, and will perhaps have a strong urge to check your phone or computer. Just wait, and these feelings should pass. Get on with the non-screen activities you had planned, and start to notice the time and space you’ve given yourself.

Enjoy!

During a digital detox, there tends to be a feeling of having plenty of time (rather than rushing against time). You may well sleep better, think more clearly and more deeply, and feel re-energised. Enjoy the change and notice your reaction to not being ‘on call’.

Logging on

The return to the digital world can be overwhelming at first. A barrage of information and multiple demands can seem too much. But use the perspective you have gained. Redefine what is urgent, what is important, and what doesn’t even need to be done. Unsubscribe to any email lists you no longer need. Try new behaviours, such as checking email or social media less frequently.

Repeat

A digital detox shouldn’t be a one-off. We can’t expect to recharge our batteries just once all year. So plan your next digital detox, and see if you can go further this time. Try two days instead of one, or try making a digital detox a regular part of your week. The best evidence for a digital detox comes from trying it for yourself. Once you’ve done so, the chances are, you’ll be reaching for the off button again.

A digital detox could be a great way to find out if you are an internet addict. If you find it uneasy to detach yourself from the online world, you might need some assistance. Hong Kong Christian Services provide a counselling service which might be just for you. Find out about the program here.

Young boys off to boot-camp style rehabilitation centres in China

Check out this video where Chinese boys are sent off to boot-camp style rehabilitation centres to combat Internet addictions.

In 2008 China declared Internet addiction to be a clinical disorder. Teenagers are sent off to the rehabilitation centre in Beijing for three to four months, therapy includes drilling and other treatments. Parents are also encouraged to stay at the camp to enhance effectiveness of the treatment.

The addiction specialist at the rehabilitation centre pointed out that the biggest issue these young adults face is loneliness. He explained to parents their children look for companionship on the Internet when it is not feasible in real life.

Do you think these boot-camp style therapies work? Let us know in the comments!

Online Addiction Counselling with Hong Kong Christian Service

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Hong Kong Christian Service provides online addiction counselling services to help young internet addicts regain their self-control on computer use, promote the educational messages of healthy computer use to the public and research on the issues of internet addiction on a continuous basis. The program started in 2005 and from 2006 the “Online New Page Project” has become funded by the Community Chest of Hong Kong.

Main target age group is from age 6 – 24 with their parents. Services include:
Counseling Hotline
  • 2561-0363
  • Registered Social Workers will provide follow up counseling service after receiving the hotline enquiries
  • Operating hours of the hotline: on Every Monday to Friday, from 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 6pm

Outreaching and Counseling ServiceThrough outreaching and counseling service

  • Motivate the young addicts to change and enhance their self control in computer use through outreaching home visits and counseling service
  • Assist families in handling their children’s problems on internet addiction or indulgence
  • Make referrals and help clients to seek other appropriate social resources

Online Agent Groups (Groups for young people)

    • To facilitate young people’s motivation on healthy computer use
    • To nurture young people’s interests in areas other than computer use
    • To help young people in building self control in computer use

Online Buddy Alliance

  • invite young people who have been served by the Project to join our “Online Buddy Alliance”
  • a variety of interesting and challenging activities will be organized to build up their interests in areas other than computer and to foster habits in healthy computer use

Parent Support Network

  • Help parents to develop their skills and confidence in handling their children’s internet problems
  • Help parents to relieve stress in parenting when handling the conflicts aroused from internet problems
  • Build up a mutual aid network among parents.

For more information, please visit Hong Kong Christian Service’s website here.

Improving your social life (with tips!)

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If you find yourself surrounded by no one but your ‘friends’ on the Internet, fear not, here are a few tips to restructure your social life.

1. Stop building walls.

It is normal to feel anxious to socialise when you have not interacted with friends/strangers face to face for a while. You will feel the need to build barriers, separation, and to play the comparison game. All of that creates fear. And so we build walls. But putting up walls tends to in the end hurt you more than protect you.

So change your mindset and build bridges instead! One way is to choose to be curious about people. Curiosity is filled with anticipation and enthusiasm. It opens you up. And when you are open and enthusiastic, you have more fun things to think about than focusing on your fear.

2. Stop focusing on yourself

Your underlying frame of mind – do you build bridges or walls? – will determine much about your interactions both new people and people you know. Instead of just keep looking at yourself as some sort of unmoving and objective observer of the world and reality, focus on others and find interesting things about them to start conversations!

3. Avoid being boring

Always be prepared to drop a subject when you start to bore people. One good way to have something interesting to say is simply to lead an interesting life and to focus on the positive stuff. Don’t start to whine about your boss or your job, people don’t want to hear that. Instead, talk about your last trip somewhere, some funny things that happened while you were buying clothes, your plans for the summer or something fun or exciting.

4. Focus outward

Becoming interested in people works better because it makes you a pleasant person. People treat you the way you treat them. Be interested in them and they will be interested in you.

6. Genuineness is #1.

Being your genuine self. Acting your real self will give you better results and more satisfaction in your day to day life because you are in alignment with yourself. And because people really like honesty.

Power of positivity is endless! Do not be afraid to make new friends. Join a new school society, practice a new sport at your local council or join a new lesson. The possibilities are endless.🙂

Coming Up in HK (‘going out’ action required)

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Clockenflap – Hong Kong’s biggest arts & music festival now in its seventh year – returns to the West Kowloon Cultural District on November 28-30. With 30,000 people in attendance last year and an expected 45,000 this year, the festival continues to grow!

Clockenflap’s first lineup has just been released:

Tenacious D
The Vaccines
Chvrches
Ozomatli
Chthonic + Classical Oriental Orchestra
The Raveonettes
Reggie Watts
Aeroplane
The Lemonheads
Janette Slack
Eyedress
Birdstriking
GDJYB
New Youth Barbershop
Teenage Riot

Click on these vids!

Perhaps this will inspire you to get offline action going?🙂