For most of us, surfing the Internet has become as much a part of our daily lives as turning on a TV or listening to music; computers with Internet access are in our homes, dorms, offices, schools, hotels, cafes, and libraries. The Internet has become an invaluable tool for communication, information, and entertainment.
Popularity of online activities brings along internet addiction. Internet addiction can be defined as an excessive amount of time spent using the Internet, resulting in lack of healthy engagement in other areas of life. Internet addiction appears to have most impact on relationships, sometimes causing them to break down.
Researchers have found that some signs of Internet addiction include compulsive use, a preoccupation with being online, lying or hiding the extent or nature of online behavior, and inability to stop using the Internet. In some cases, addicts use of the Internet in increasing amounts of time in order to achieve satisfaction.