We may be more connected virtually, but such connections seem to be coming at the cost of our physical relationships. According to a study, college students who are addicted to the internet are reporting positive as well as negative effects on their family relationships.
The study offers the first step toward designing effective interventions to address Problematic Internet Use (PIU) among the college-age population. The research team conducted a qualitative study of 27 US university students who self-identified themselves as problematic internet users. College students may be especially vulnerable to developing PIU for reasons that include free internet access, large blocks of free time, courses that require its use and the sudden freedom from parental control and monitoring.