Context: This study determined the prevalence and factors of Internet addiction disorder among senior college students in Ateneo de Naga University.
Study design: Descriptive correlational-survey research ; qualitive technique using standardized test
Study setting: Ateneo de Naga University
Study population: 426 senior college students of Ateneo de Naga University enrolled during the first semester, school year 2007-2008 belonging to the Commerce Department, Engineering Department, Education Department and Arts & Sciences Department.
After employing the IAD Test designed by Dr. Kimberly Young, the survey showed that 68.54 percent of the respondents have moderate IAD, 30.52 percent were mild, and 0.94 percent has severe IAD. The severe IAD students were further tested for their psychosocial profile using the DOSC, MBTI, and Bar-On EQ. the psychosocial factors that were found to be stongly negative correlated were aspirations, academic interest and satisfaction, leadership and initiative, identification vs.alienation, and adaptability. Interpersonal scale was found to have positive strong correlation with IAD.
The researcher therefore concludes that the IAD is prevalent among senior collge students only that it differs in the level. A guidance special progarm for Intenet Abuse was also proposed in the study.