Addiction - "a habit so strong that one cannot give it up." We are all aware that people form addictions to many things, from cocaine to gambling. References to alcoholism, workaholism, even chocoholism, are commonplace throughout our society. The idea that people can form addictions to computing is a relatively new one, but quickly gaining ground. Perhaps some day the word "netaholism" will be as widely-used as the others; being a "user" may have more connotation than we realize. Our purpose is to present you with existing problem. As this university is concerned with informatics, computing, so we believe this information will be useful.
The cold war and academia were the parents of the modern computer age. It was the Pentagon, in the late 1960's, that funded research and development of computers and the prototype of the Internet at universities around the country. Academics understood the value of sharing the information that was stored on separate computers at different university sites. In 1972, e-mail was invented to assist communications among these researchers and developers. Fairly quickly, others understood the commercial implications of what was developing.
The personal computer, or PC, allowed more people access to the early Internet from their homes. The early Internet and computer software generally however, was not particularly "user friendly". Computers could only "talk" to a limited number of other computers that were linked on the same network, running on the same programs.
The advent of a program in the early '90's, which allowed computers anywhere to communicate with each other, ushered in "the world wide web" or WWW. Now all the computers on the Internet could have an address and use a common language. Once a user-friendly browser system was developed, allowing people to sort through and find what they wanted on the Internet, the explosion in popularity of the Internet occurred. Now, anyone who...