12/09/2014 06:18 pm ET Updated Dec 09, 2014

How The Internet May Be 'Getting In The Way Of Every Important Thing In Your Life'

The Internet has its perks, but it certainly has its pitfalls, too.

The latest video from The School Of Life, a London-based organization that focuses on developing emotional intelligence, warns that the Internet may be "getting in the way of every important thing in your life."

The group has a point: Crime, bullying and threats to privacy have all been taken to a new level because of the Internet. Plus, we're incredibly addicted to being online.

According to one survey, the clip notes, people "put the Internet at the top of their list of daily essentials," over a bath, car and TV. And three out of five people in the United Kingdom said checking the Internet is the last thing they do at night and the first thing they do in the morning.

The Internet also poses a huge threat to our interpersonal relationships: According to the video, two out of five women say one of the greatest challenges in their relationships is trying to prove themselves more interesting than their partner's smartphone. (Yikes!)

We're not saying the Internet is all bad news, but the video does point out some ugly truths: After all, 72 percent of Americans almost always have their phone within 5 feet of them, according to a 2013 study from Harris Interactive and Jumio, and nearly 20 percent of young adults are looking at their phones during sex.

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