A. Background of the Study
Internet use has exploded in recent years, providing a constant, ever-changing source of information and entertainment. Ten years ago, the only people who spent a majority of their leisure time on the computer were paid members of the technology industry. Today, however, with the growing importance of the internet in everyday life, more and more people are accessing various online resources each day. The World Wide Web is informative, convenient, resourceful, fun, but also potentially way for internet addiction.
Internet use in Philippines has increased dramatically and has become a major part of daily life. According to Philippines Internet and Telecommunication (2010), in the recent statistics there are 29 million internet users in the country out of the general population of 99 million, which means that 29.7% of the general population of this country are internet users.
As the web has become a part of mainstream life, some mental health professionals have noted that a percentage of people using the web do so in a compulsive and out-of-control manner.
In some respects, addictive use of the Internet resembles other so-called "process" addictions, in which a person is addicted to an activity or behavior (including gambling, shopping, or certain sexual behaviors) rather than a substance (mood-altering drugs, tobacco, food, etc.).
The concept of compulsive Internet use is relatively new and is not yet formally recognized as a psychological disorder, although research is underway in this area. However, there is increasing evidence that for some people, compulsive Internet use interferes with daily life, work and relationships.
Internet addiction is a problem of compulsive stimulation, much like drug addiction. Because of this similarity, well studied treatment procedures known to be useful for helping drug addicts towards recovery are adapted for use with Internet addicts when the need arises.
B. Statement of the Problem...