A.Background of the study
It is known that we are living in technological era. The computers became irreplaceable tool in everyday life of almost each person. The adult users generally use it for business purposes while youngsters for computer games. Computers became that part of our life and every important component in the spheres of the life leisure. And nowadays majority of young people spend their leisure time playing computer games, surfing through the internet. Computer have become one of the favorite time-spending of young people in all ages, and even some adults and the students.
With permanent development of computer technology the quality of people using computer either for working purposes or entertainment purposes is increasing speedily. There are many things that causes addiction to computer, one reason being, is that most of the students just need something to occupy their time and these games and browsing internet do that for countless hours. Some students use computer to escape their reality which can include school, work and possibly personal problems. Computer also represents students to challenges they can overcome so they can feel a sense of accomplishments in virtual world, mistakes can be undone and time can review itself with the push of a few buttons.
B.Statement of the problem
This study sought to evaluate the different factor that causes STI College Taft Students addiction to computer games. The researcher prepared some of the following questions:
1.What factors that students addicted to computers?
2.What are the signs that would let us know if a student is addicted or not?
3.How computer affect students vices in their everyday lives? C.Significance of the study
This Study will enlighten the students of STI College Taft, about the causes, disorders, and negative affects that they can get through computers. Also these studies would like to encourage them to seek immediate way to prevent computer addictions.
D.Scope and Delimitation of the study
These studies focused in computer addiction. How computer affect our co-students in STI College Taft in different factors, such as in their studies, personal problem, emotional, physical and mental, time, financial and social. We researched also the reason why they are involved in this problem. We also study the symptoms and effect of computer addictions. We emphasize some of alternative solution in this problem.
We limit this study by given information in computer addiction, until we came up in the effects and at last we give our recommendations to help our student to solve their dilemma about computer addiction.
Meaning of Computer Addiction
Computer addiction exists where an individual displays excessive or compulsive use of the computer, either in online or offline mode, notwithstanding its dire consequences on his or her daily routine and socio-economic functionality. Three sub types are generally recognized, that is, games addiction, sexual viewing, and e-mail/ text messaging addictions. Computer addiction is still considered an unofficial compulsive disorder according to the latest release of The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. There are two major types of computer addiction; these are the online and the offline addictions. Offline addiction is used in reference to computer game playing which could be done either online or offline by means of downloaded or copied games. The addiction to online games is what is usually called Internet addiction and it attracts more scientific research than the offline mode of computer gaming.
Key Symptoms of Computer Addiction
There is a thin line between occupational or necessary use of computers and addictive behaviour. However, there are some signs that indicate that an individual may have gone aboard in his use of electronic media/technology. These include the following:
- Being constantly preoccupied with the computer whether in the online or offline mode
- Strong desire to go online or use the computer applications all the time
- Immediate desire to use the computer as soon as one wakes up in the morning
- Old hobbies being replaced by time spent on the computer, thus being the main source of leisure and entertainment leading to procrastination
- Allowing actions done on the computer to take the time which is ordinarily meant for doing important activities such as assignments
- Telling lies about what you actually do on your computer to give the impression that you are spending quality time whereas you were merely playing computer games
- Feeling anxious about using the computer or feeling disturbed when you have limited time on it
- To lose track of the passage of time when you are using the computer
- Using the computer to evade reality
The Effects of Computer Addiction
The effects of computer addiction includes cutting off direct physical social interaction; using the computer for narcotic effects either to relieve stress, boredom or to gain pleasure; irritability and depression when opportunity to use the computer is denied; spending undue amounts of money on hardware and other computer related accessories; and failure to carry out educational, job, family and social obligations as a result of excessive time spent on the computer.