I have found myself spending about 95% of my day in front of a computer on the internet, whether it is working, for school, blogging, or for entertainment. It has become the only time I am away from the internet is when I am asleep. So much of my energy goes into the online universe that it’s becoming exhausting, but it’s hard to stop using the internet when it’s the basis of my education and employment. I’ve started to look for ways to battle the internet fatigue I am experiencing.
To better define Internet Fatigue, here is a great quote from a Complex article.
It’s been months since I first diagnosed myself, and many of my friends and peers, with Internet fatigue, a phenomenon that is not new but seems to be intensifying. Internet fatigue is what comes after Internet addiction: you scroll, you refresh, you read timelines compulsively and then you get really, really exhausted by it. It is an anxiety that comes along with feeling trapped in a whirlwind of other people’s thoughts.
Don’t Lose Sleep Over It
Internet fatigue makes you exhausted, and when you’re exhausted you should sleep. However, sleep at normal hours for a normal period of time. I noticed my fatigue was getting worse when I stopped having a regular sleep pattern and wasn’t getting enough sleep. Just because you have internet 24/7, doesn’t mean you should be on it that much. Get rest, take care of yourself.
Focus On One Tab
I have the tendency to have 4-6 tabs open at one time, and have two monitors so two windows open at that. When you have your brain switch tasks so quickly between tabs and windows, you get tired a lot faster and can’t get anything done. Focusing on one tab will help you actually be productive and reduce the exhaustion of tab hopping.
Change Your Notification Settings
Seriously the best thing I have done is change my notification settings on everything to only be the most important. My phone isn’t constantly buzzing or lighting up every second, and I’m only getting what I need to see. I even went to the point of deleting the Facebook app off my phone entirely. I can guarantee it helps, because then you don’t feel obligated to check your phone every single time you get a notification. Seriously, you don’t need to get every notification right away, so change your settings so you don’t.
What do you do to prevent internet fatigue? Share with a comment.