You’re on the Internet, browsing through endless time-wasting websites, refreshed Facebook page for a thousand times and still, you’re not getting any work done. Oh wells, you’re already on the Internet, might just as well make use of this time and put your love of the online world to good use!
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One: Perform an Audit of Your Online Time-Wasters
Make a list of which sites you’re wasting the most time on. You probably already know what they are. Write those down.
There are many online services that show you how you spend your time online. Such as:
RescueTime. A paid service that allows you track how much time you spend on certain websites and even how long you use certain apps on your computer. At the end of each week, RescueTime will send you an email report that gives you a breakdown of how and where you spent your time at your computer. It also has other features like the ability to block distracting websites and create goals for how you want to spend your time online.
Time Tracker. A free browser extension for both Firefox and Chrome browsers.
Two: Block Time-Wasting Sites (Very Effective)
Completely banish time-wasting sites from your computer. This method is best for sites that you really think are pointless but still find yourself addicted to (Facebook and ASOS, anyone?) This method will banish the temptation entirely.
Here’s how it works, using Facebook.com as an example:
- Open up Terminal
- Type sudo nano /etc/hosts
- Enter your computer’s password
- To block your time-wasting sites, type in the following: 127.0.0.1 facebook.com
- Repeat step 4 until you’ve entered all your time-wasting sites
- Save the host file by hitting ctrl+o and then the return key
- Flush your computer’s cache by entering the following line: sudo dscacheutil -flushcache
Windows (Windows 7/Vista/XP)
- Open Notepad and click File –> Open
- Open up the following file: C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\DRIVERS\ETC\HOST
- To block your time-wasting sites, type in the following: 127.0.0.1 facebook.com www.facebook.com
- Repeat step 3 until you’ve entered all your time-wasting sites
- Save the file and close
Two point Five: Block Time-Wasting Sites Temporarily
Less drastic way to block sites for certain periods of time. This option gives you the flexibility to plan periods where you want to work distraction-free and periods where you want to be able to surf at will.
StayFocused. a super simple site-blocker for Chrome. You simply enter in your time-wasting sites and then allot yourself an amount of time you want to be able to screw around on these sites each day. When you’ve used up all your time, the sites you have blocked will be inaccessible for the rest of the day.
Hope these helps!
Look Up is a 5 minute video encouraging people to look up from their devices and go out and interact with people face to face. The video does not demonise the Internet but rather encourage people to take a break from their online activities and reconnect with people face to face.
The plot of the video has inspired lots to delete their Facebook accounts and take absence from the online world, but at the same time initiated heated conversations on the pros and cons of social media.
Everything has a flip side, and the end result should not be cutting out the Internet entirely. Now that the world depends on the Internet’s efficiency on day to day businesses and daily life itself, it would be impossible (and irrational) to tell young adults to distance themselves from the technology which has evolved to become a pillar of the society.
Anyhow, don’t you think Look Up is exactly what we should be telling ourselves to do more?
Many people turn to the internet to release unpleasant feelings such as stress, loneliness and depression. As university students it is not uncommon for us to take a break from studying by watching a few YouTube videos or playing a few rounds of LOL. It cannot be doubted that the Internet is a quick fix to our stressed lives.
However, many of us tend to lose self-control over such usage. Slowly by time we begin to seek Internet over our daily interactions as it requires less effort. It is important to remind ourselves that there are many other healthier ways to release negative feelings! These include exercising, meditating, and practicing simple relaxation techniques.
Here are a few tips to keep yourself in check:
- Ask yourself, “What am I missing out on when I spend so much time on the Internet?” Write down these activities and decrease your Internet time to pursue some of them.
- Set reasonable Internet use goals and stick to them.
- Take frequent breaks, at least 5 minutes each hour.
- Take time to appreciate the fact that life is not all online.
- Stay connected to the offline world. Visit newsstands, book and music stores, and participate in entertainment such as museums, music, and live theater. Novels and poetry readings are hard to experience online.
- Treat the Internet as a tool. Stay focused on the fact that the Internet is a means to an end.
Re-structuring our social lives is not easy but it is not as hard as you’d think it’ll be. You deserve so much more than scrolling up and down the screen. Try to live healthier and happier by following these tips, your mind and body will thank you for it!
Socially withdrawn youth are teenagers addicted to internet activities while showing hints of depression from over-comparison between their virtual success in internet activities i.e. gaming and their real life unsuccessfulness, leading to suicidal attempts, bullying and mental problems that need formal addressing. Low self-esteem, unwillingness to face personal difficulties, stress, reliance on parents and the ignorance of youths’ well-being by their parents and friends are contributing factors to create socially withdrawn youths.
According to Hong Kong’s Office of the Government Chief Information Officer’s Household Survey results on Information Technology Usage and Penetration, 97.4% of all Hong Kong’s households have PC connected to Internet and 74.6% of people aged 10 & over has knowledge of using PC in Hong Kong and on average spend 30 hours on the Internet per week.
It is important for Hong Kong citizens to address this problem, as these youths are expected to become pillars of the society when they come out of school. Their withdrawal from the society is a loss to all Hong Kong citizens.
Unplug Yourself Campaign aims to address such Hong Kong youths diagnose themselves and to get help. You can follow us on Facebook, YouTube, Tumblr, Twitter, and Instagram.