The importance of the internet
Social media and the internet are an important part of our daily lives. The internet is crucial for daily activities, studying, working, social activities and leisure. It gives
- access to relevant information;
- provides entertainment;
- enables social contact around the world.
When internet use becomes risky
Most young people use the internet without any problems. Internet use becomes problematic when you spend too many hours online, when your mind is constantly occupied with the internet and you neglect other activities such as your studies, your personal hygiene or social contact.
Very often you also develop physical complaints such as headaches, eye issues, an unhealthy eating pattern and sleeping problems, such as a poor sleep quality and shorter sleep duration.
Problematic internet use is especially common among young people who play online games or use social media.