My Relationship with the Internet: A Tale of Addiction and Procrastination
By: Olivia Fasullo
On the outside, I come across as a "put together" student: on the honour roll and co-editor of the school's online paper. I, however, face a crushing addiction.
Every day, I come home with a backpack full of homework and broken promises. Every day, I intend to do my school work. Every day, that bright, beautiful Internet browser symbol calls to me. Every day, no matter what I'm supposed to do, there seems to be something entirely more important on the Internet.
The thought process usually becomes: "Fifteen more minutes and then I'll study for that exam worth 20% of my final grade." And then another fifteen minutes. And then another...
I don't know how many hours I have wasted, how many assignments I have scrambled to complete, or how many hours of sleep I have lost due to this addiction. It's insanity.
People are constantly telling me, "Just don't turn the Internet on when you're doing an assignment." This is harder than the average non-addict truly thinks. Almost every assignment in high school has some aspect that involves the computer. Whether it's just typing an essay or doing research, the use of the computer opens that black hole of time and energy known as the Internet.
Because once you have opened that browser, your life is over.
You might as well check your e-mail while you're on - it's the responsible thing to do - what if someone is trying to contact you?
Well, if you're checking your e-mail, what harm would a little music do? You can still work with some music playing in the background on YouTube.
Oh, one of the channels liked some videos, might as well check one out before you get to work...and suddenly three hours have passed and you are no closer to finishing that assignment.
One way to try to avoid this downward spiral is to do homework assignments in a public area, where parents can keep track of what you are doing. That way you are less likely to play when you are supposed to be working.
Also, try writing your assignments out first. That way you can quickly type out your paper instead of getting distracted on the computer. Get in. Get out. Pass your courses.
The Internet is a great place to entertain and educate yourself but, as students and soon-to-be adults, we need to learn to regulate our Internet consumption...something I am trying to do. After all, will those tweets really help you on tomorrow's test?