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Internet Use

Does the internet distract you from studying?

If you find yourself spending more time than you'd like on non-academic websites, try
  • Setting your homepage to www.utexas.edu
    or www.google.com
  • When studying, set your chat profile to busy or invisible.
  • Avoid going to sites that could lure you away from your work.

If you use Facebook or MySpace, be aware that unless you set your profile to "private" or "restricted," your information - including photos of you, your contact information, and potentially damaging secrets - are available to anyone, anytime. Tweak your privacy settings to limit who can see your profile.

Facebook: What You Need to Know

When does internet use become a problem? The following signs suggest that it may be time to seek help:

  • Avoiding people to spend more time online
  • Sacrificing sleep to spend more time online
  • Unable to limit time spent online
  • Relationships and schoolwork suffer
  • Feeling panicky or irritable when away from a computer
  • Anticipating or craving time online

UT's Counseling & Mental Health Center can help.

Students can meet with a professional counselor to discuss their concerns. To contact the UT Counseling and Mental Health Center, call (512) 471-3515 or go to the 5th floor of the Student Services Building (SSB) 8am - 5pm, Monday - Friday.
UT Counseling and Mental Health Center
CMHC Crisis Line

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