Nós somos a primeira geração à ter que lidar com essa enxurrada de informações e estímulos mentais, sonoros e visuais que a internet provê, principalmente no YouTube.
Eu sou um dos que caiu fortemente nesse abismo e acabei me tornando um viciado total, tanto em internet e suas diferentes interfaces quanto, mais especificamente, na plataforma de vídeos do Google.
Aqui seguem algumas dicas que eu achei na internet, que eu espero que possam ajudar a mim e qualquer pessoa que esteja na mesma situação.
Yes, you don’t watch a lot of television but you’re spending too much time in YouTube. This video-sharing website has garnered millions of followers all over the world, for only a very short time. With so many videos to watch you can’t help but spend the rest of your day doing nothing else but that.
Becoming addicted to YouTube is no joke. At first, you’re watching a few random videos here and there, and after some time, you realize that you can’t think of anything but getting to your computer and all the interesting stuff you could be watching. YouTube overuse can turn into a serious behavioural addiction, and begin to affect your life in negative ways.
Now just imagine how it can affect you personally. You can no longer complete your tasks, you spend less time on productive activities, and you may even distance yourself from your loved ones. It’s not really surprising that you’ll end up suffering from depression and a lot of stress later.
But how do you exactly get rid of YouTube addiction? Here are seven tips:
1. Just block it. If you don’t want to watch any YouTube videos, then just block the website from your computer. A lot of websites and plug-ins can already do that for you. Every time you check on YouTube, you’ll end up having an error page. Further, to make sure you don’t delete the plug-in, you can look for a tool that allows you to add passwords. Have someone set it for you.
If you want to make a clean break, have a friend or parent set a block password on your computer so that you won’t be able to access YouTube.
Limit your computer time. Put a strict personal limit on how much time you spend with your eyes on a screen- it’s generally considered unhealthy to spend more than four hours a day in front of a computer. Excessive computer use can lead to various issues, such as:
- Musculoskeletal problems.
- Repetitive stress injuries.
- Vision problems.
Get time management software. There are programs available that can track your time spent on different applications, so you can have an accurate idea of what you’re spending the most time doing (or not doing).
Use an “internet nanny” service, such as Net Nanny or K9 web protection. These are parental control programs which can set blocks on certain websites, or control the amount of time certain applications are available each day.
Take control of your computer time. If your addiction is in the early stages, you may be able to gradually lessen your need by managing your computer time.
Use the internet to further yourself, rather than getting swept up in entertainment for instant gratification. The internet is a gold mine of current information, history, and every other kind of knowledge there is. Use it to learn.
Get computer work done first. Within your allotted computer time, make sure you take care business first, before going on to YouTube videos. One of the benefits of breaking your addiction is that you will be in control of your time—rather than your addiction being in control of you.
2. Spend less time in front of the PC. You won’t be tempted to watch YouTube videos if you also spend less time with your PC. Besides it’s really not a good idea to spend more than 4 hours in front of your computer. You don’t have to cut everything off suddenly. If you spend 8 hours with it, you can reduce it to 6 or 5.
3. Take up a sport. A sport can be a good motivator for you to spend less time with YouTube. In fact, it can increase your self-confidence, plus you’re forced to spend more time with your friends and perhaps your family. It also feels so good if you win competitions.
Getting outside and getting physical is one of the best alternatives to engaging in an unhealthy, addictive behavior. Not only will your physical health improve, but getting involved in a team sport is beneficial for your social, mental, and emotional well-being.
If you don’t have friends interested in playing, you can always just show up at a local park with a basketball and shoot some hoops.
Find a local intramural league for your sport of choice.
Locate a local establishment for some shuffleboard, chess, checkers, or even “cornhole” if you’re not into the more physical sports.
4. Choose a hobby. If you don’t like sports, then at least pursue a hobby, and hopefully it doesn’t involve computers. If you’re a mom, arts and crafts would be perfect. You can share the hobby with your kids. If you’re a dad, creating furniture and fixtures may be an exciting hobby, which may even turn into a profitable venture.
Finding something else to do that will take your mind off all those oh-so-watchable videos is ideal.
Arts and crafts. You’ll find that making stuff, even if it’s just silly paper mache sculptures or origami, will not only help relieve your need for endless video gratification, but will make you feel much more fulfilled.
Painting or drawing. Creating is positive; watching endless videos is not. You can gain a sense of real fulfillment by engaging in creative arts, while simultaneously removing yourself from the situation (i.e. having nothing better to do, or even having a void in your life) that is causing your video addiction.
Play music. Musical creativity is another great alternative that can have benefits aside from helping with your addiction.
Get friends interested in playing music with you. This is another way to benefit your social life while eliminating your addictive behaviour. Playing music not only can help you treat your addiction directly, but also has benefits such as refining your time management and organizational skills, which can in turn help you manage what you do other than losing yourself in YouTube.
If you used to play an instrument, dust it off and start practicing again.
Take music lessons. Always wanted to sing better? There are lots of voice coaches out there.
Rather than watching YouTube videos, tape yourself playing or singing and post videos of your creativity.
5. Go to the outdoors. There are a lot of things you can do outside of your home, but you’re missing all of them since you’re just there, watching YouTube. Try being in the outdoors at least an hour a day. And if you can afford it, spend a night in the mountains camping or even travel outside the state or outside of the country.
Establish internet-free zones. When you’re addicted to a something on the web, such as YouTube, it’s a good idea to implement areas in your daily life that are completely free from the internet, or even better, all tech.
Leave the phone or tablet at home when you’re going out for a hike or a walk around the lake. Even though we think we’re doing something solely outdoors or generally active, there are usually still opportunities, even, say, camping, for logging on for some of those addictive videos.
When you go to lunch at work, take a magazine or book to the cafe instead of your tablet; even if you’re planning to read a book on that Kindle Fire, it’s way too easy to start browsing the videos as well.
Go on a tech vacation. There are actually camps where you can go with the sole purpose of freeing yourself from the need for internet, networking, and social media.
Getting out and having a week or even a day or two with absolutely no access can be great for breaking the cycle.
Getting completely away from the ability to feed your addiction can help you control your use, rather than having to live completely tech-free.
6. Encourage yourself to just do it. Unless you have the will to get rid of your YouTube addiction, you’ll never be able to do it. But how? Use subliminal messages. Affirmations have a way of changing your present mind-set from “cannot” to “can.” The moment you wake up, say the following lines:
Today, I’ll spend more time on things that make me grow.
Today, I will spend more time with friends and family.
Today, I’ll relax and spend my day with a lot of quiet and peace.
7. Redirect your need for gratification. Addiction happens when you start to need a particular stimulant to feel good or fulfilled. Explore other, more positive and healthy alternatives to achieve the gratification you seek.
Recognizing the problem. Accept that you have an addiction. Just like with any addiction, the first step is recognizing you have a problem. YouTube attracts millions of viewers, and it can be easy to start spending much more time than you ever intended watching videos. Recognizing the early signs of addiction in yourself is crucial to treating the problem.
Recognizing alienation. Are you pushing away friends or family, those who care about you? When someone is addicted, be it to drugs, alcohol, video games, or even YouTube videos, one of the first behaviours they tend to exhibit is only wanting to be around those who enable their addictive behaviour.
Examine your health. Addiction, even if it has nothing to do with substances, often causes one’s health to suffer.
Has your bodily hygiene gotten worse? Have you begun to neglect your hair, nails, teeth?
Look at your eating habits. Behavioural addiction can lead to less awareness of the sustenance you are putting into your body.
Do you have sudden mood changes? Irritability, especially when you are unable to engage in your addiction, depression, and anger can be signs that you have a problem.
Be aware of excuses. Another sign that there is a problem is a tendency to make excuses or rationalize why it’s OK to continue with your addictive behaviour.
Non-addicts will see a negative behaviour and want to eliminate it.
If you have an addiction you may find yourself rationalizing why it’s not a problem-which can mean that it is.
Realize when there are consequences on your life. If you’ve begun to reach the middle or late stages of YouTube addiction, you will begin to experience a detrimental effect on other, more positive aspects of your life.
Is your work suffering? Do you ever miss work as a result of your need for video streaming?
Do you spend less time engaging in other physical activities? Often an addiction will lead to a sharp decrease in time spent exercising, going to events, or other social and physical activities.