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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