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Signs & Symptoms
Internet and Gaming

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​Signs and symptoms of excessive internet use/gaming

  • You have problems reducing your use of the Internet;
  • You crave spending more time on your digital device;
  • You become aggressive, depressed or irritable without your digital device;
  • You spend less time with your family;
  • You lie to your family about what you do;
  • Your sleep is affected, you don’t eat regularly and you don’t shower as often;
  • You are tired in class and you can’t concentrate;
  • You don’t do your school/work;
  • You are absent from school or work.

Consequences of excessive internet use/gaming

  • Physical
    • Migraines
    • Sleep disturbance
    • Backaches
    • Eating irregularities
    • Poor personal hygiene
  • Psychological
    • Inattention
    • Aggression
    • Restlessness and irritability
    • Preoccupation with games even when not playing
    • Loss of interest in other activities
  • Social
    • You neglect personal relationships
    • Isolation from family and friends
    • Difficulties in engaging in real world communication
    • Social awkwardness
    • Poor performance in school

To learn more, you may download our educational brochures.

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