Since the advent of the internet it has been used as one of the most universal tool for communication between parties in widespread geographical locations; people have used the internet to access information in websites, to chat, to send emails, to do shopping, to gamble, play games, watch videos, download files and music, et cetra. The internet has therefore become a crucial enabler in the lives of many people throughout the world, such that some people even believe they cannot do without it. Internet addiction may be said to arise from excessive use of internet that may lead to compulsive behavior by the internet user, or what is called pathological internet use. People addicted by the internet are known not to be able to resist the lure of the cyberspace (Griffiths, 2000).
Nature of Internet Addiction
According to the Centre for Internet Addiction (2011) research on internet addiction originated in the US by Dr. Kimberly Young in 1996. Since then, studies have documented Internet addiction in a growing number of countries such as Italy, Pakistan, Iran, Germany, and the Czech Republic. Reports also indicate that Internet addiction has become a serious public health concern in China, Korea, and Taiwan. Some of the notable signs from the addicts are: heightened sense of euphoria while involved in computer and Internet activities; neglecting friends and family; neglecting sleep to stay online; being dishonest with others; feeling guilty, ashamed, anxious, or depressed as a result of online behavior; physical changes such as weight gain or loss, backaches, headaches, carpal tunnel syndrome; withdrawing from other pleasurable activities, and other such behaviour. Some people have even been known to prefer cyber friends than actual friends, and have cyber affairs, and cyber sex. This has led to such people getting antisocial and getting themselves in anti social behaviors including drug abuse, depressions and lack of self confidence as they are unable to face the real world.