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  • 1. INTERNET ADDICTION University of the Philippines College of Education Educational Technology Department EDTECH 101 – Instructional Media Resources Ferdinand B. Pitagan, PhD Professor of Education
  • 2. ICT growth
    • ICT – I nformation and C ommunications T echnology
    • fast growth worldwide -- computers, Internet, mobile phones
    • market
    • Providers targeting youth
    • Schools introducing ICT in education
    • See http://www.internetworldstats.com/stats3.htm
  • 3.
    • Teens
    • - Over 90% Use the Internet for new information
    • - Over 70% use instant messaging to keep in touch
    • - Over 50% contact strangers on the net
    • - Over 40% post own information online to be contacted
    • - Over 30% experienced cyberbullying
    • Overall
    • - 25% of retail stock trades on the Internet
    • - Over 90% Internet users, online shopping
    • (Korea, UK, Germany, Japan, US)
    • - 87% of print journalists connected to the Internet
    • Sources - Lenhart, Simon & Graziano, 2001; Jung, 2003; 2007 Pew/Internet research; 2008 Nielsen
    ICT Growth
  • 4. ICT growth Today’s wired / wireless life A bed of roses ? A bed of thorns ? Both!!
  • 5. Some facts (Japan)
    • 20% of families with teens suffer from children’s internet dependency (2003)
    • 35% online while resting (2004)
    • 21% online while studying or working (2004) --- Declared Internet Addiction as an Illness
    http://www.johotsusintokei.soumu.go.jp/whitepaper/eng/WP2004/press_information01.pdf See (4) Trends in Internet Usage (Japan) – 1 page handout
  • 6. 13.7% of Chinese adolescent Internet users – about 10 million teens - meet Internet addiction diagnostic criteria (2007) Law: Restricting computer game use; discourage more than 3 hours of daily game use Some facts (China)
  • 7. Some facts (Korea)
    • Up to 30 percent of South Koreans under 18, or about 2.4 million people, are at risk of Internet addiction (2007)
    • Average high school students - 23 hours each week gaming
    • << Internet addiction, one of most serious public health issues>>
    • National level – Center for Internet Addiction Prevention and Counseling (2003)
    • Institution/school level - 1,043 counselors in the treatment of Internet addiction; enlisted over 190 hospitals and treatment centers; prevention measures into schools
  • 8. Some facts (UK and USA, 1998 - 2004) http://www.johotsusintokei.soumu.go.jp/whitepaper/eng/WP2004/press_information01.pdf
    • A study of 445 Internet users in UK
    • --- Most a ddicts - around 30 years old women
    • 2. A study of 496 Internet users by Young (USA)
    • --- 396 classified as dependent users
    • --- middle-aged women and unemployed
    • Recent studies – Teens are in danger!!
    • Addicts tend to use chat rooms/online dating , pornography, email, e-shopping, web surfing, online gaming
  • 9. Studies (ICU, 2005 a small scale study) Source: 2005 ETC100 class 39%, Use Mobile 1 – 5 hours 31%, M-Emailing 20 – 50 times Calling time per d a y none 10% 0~1 min 15% 1~5 hours 39% b/t 5 – 15 min 15% Over 15 min 21% Number of Sending & Rec ei ving mails per day ~5 15% 5~20 49% 20~50 31% 50~100 5%
  • 10. Complications in Diagnosing Internet Addiction Issue #1: Internet, not drugs Issue #2: Internet, Useful tool Issue #3: Difficult to diagnose (degree of dependency?)
  • 11. Check Level of Internet dependency http://www.netaddiction.com/index.php?option=com_bfquiz&view=onepage&catid=46&Itemid=106
  • 12. Problem Solving: Discussion
  • 13. Why is this issue important? Academic problems Familial problems Occupational problems Emotional, cognitive, behavioral changes
  • 14. What can you do to help Internet / Mobile dependents? Well…
  • 15. Some solutions Controlled Use External stoppers Time management Set goals Reminder cards Personal inventory Abstinence Clinic Support group Family therapy