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The Effects of Computer Addiction to the Academic Performance of the Students

Guardiano, Lorenzo Ruiz C.

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This research entitled The Effects of Computer Addiction to the Academic Performance of the Students submitted by Lorenzo Ruiz Guardiano in partial fulfillment of the requirements in English 12A (writing discipline).

Acknowledgement

This study will not be possible without those people who extended their help and those who encouraged and guided us to finish his research study. The researcher would like to extend his absolute gratitude to the following:

First of all, the researcher would like to thank his professor in English 12A, Yam Espinosa, who never ceased to support and give him advices to make their research worthy.

To his sister, Lourdes Fatima Guardiano, who extended her hand to help on this research study.

Thank You!

Abstract

Nowadays, computer and internet became parts of our daily life. These enable us to do things easier and faster. They also help us to communicate to other people especially to those who are far. Many people rely many things on the computer and internet. With the overuse of these, there is a potential for addiction. And addiction causes many negative effects to people especially to the students. The effects were escapism to reality, dishonesty, and financial problems. With these effects they have experienced, they have been also affected academically by their poor performance at class.

According to Dr. Marc Kern, when you're preoccupied with a video game or something like that, well you don't have to go and negotiate with the local bully, or the girls, or whatever. You get all your needs met in this mechanical way, and in a way you're stunted in learning things you would normally learn just by being alive, and going to school, and by being out there. It stifles, because these mechanisms do seem to work efficiently, effectively and predictably and it's reinforcing, so you get an illusion that you have the skills to get out there and make it in the real world, when in actuality, you really have forgone them and you may be out of sync with your contemporaries and they have the skills, and you don't and then you're going to withdraw more into video machines, because you're further behind as the weeks and years go on. This is the reason why a lot of students prefer to play computer games until they are not satisfied on playing. On the other hand, cyber crimes is now increasing because of internet addiction. It is reason why some crimes such as rape, robbery, and even murder happen. People today use the social networking sites to do these crimes.

Computer and internet are really important to us. But anything that is abused causes negative effects. People, especially the students, should now their limitations and be responsible enough to protect themselves. The researcher recommends that parents must observe and limit their childs activities; the teachers should not always advise their students to use computer to do researches; schools should elaborate the computer ethics; the government should have more fortified laws against cyber crimes; and the students should know how to manage their time between their studies and computer activities.

Related Literature Local Literature

Problem Information Among 7,600 respondents, whose age varied from three to 39, a total of 1,713 persons could be described as addicted to the Internet. Internet addiction among adolescents took the biggest share with 12.4 percent, while adult addiction stood at 5.8 percent. Crimes in the Asian country have been linked to Internet addiction. Last year, a teenager killed his mother for scolding him for excessive game-playing and then committed suicide. In 2009, a couple addicted to online games left their premature baby starve to death. The story sent shockwaves throughout the country.

Author Manila Bulletin

Date Source Published Sept. 28, http:// 2011 mb.co m.ph/n ode/33 5956/in ternetaddicti on

Due to the addiction felt by the Encarta students in computer, without their knowledge, they havestarted to experience the bad effects of computer addiction. The effects were escapism to reality,dishonesty, and financial problems. With these effects they have experienced, they have beenalso affected academically by their poor performance at class.Escapism is defined as something such as fantasy or entertainment that makes it possibleto forget about the ordinary or unpleasant realities of

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life for a while Many teenagers who use the computers dont seem realize that sitting in front of the computer is harmful at all. The electromagnetic waves from the computer-screen make our brain cells get stiffen every second. Human eyes can also lose its focus and get dehydrated easily because the ELF, VLF, RF and MICROWAVE (types of injurious electromagnetic waves). These harmful waves can cause headache, drop in eyesight, a brain tumor and leucosis in the worst case. Moreover, sitting in front of computer without exercising makes the teenager unhealthy. But this is not the only harmful cause of computer addiction. Computer addiction brings mood swings, withdrawal from family and friends, sleep deprivation, poor eating habits and hygiene, wrist injury, back and neck aches, low grades, stealing, lying, poor attention span in school or at work, absenteeism, tardiness and a breakdown in relationships. Left unchecked, computer addiction can ruin the addicts life.

Oppapers. com

Sept. 13, 2011

http://w ww.opp apers.c om/essa ys/Caus e-AndEffectsOfComput erAddicti on/775 696?top ic

Philippine Star

Novembe r 28, http://w 2010 ww.opp apers.c om/essa ys/Com p uterGames/ 525380

One can overcome computer Dr. Randy addiction in children by Dellosa encouraging them to have other interests and social activities; setting limits on computer use and understanding that the child might have underlying emotional problems, which make him, escape through computer addiction.

Novembe r 28, http://w 2010 ww.opp apers.c om/essa ys/Com puterGames/ 525380

Foreign Literature

Problem Information When you're preoccupied with a video game or something like that, well you don't have to go and negotiate with the local bully, or the girls, or whatever. You get all your needs met in this mechanical way, and in a way you're stunted in learning things you would normally learn just by being alive, and going to school, and by being out there. It stifles, because these mechanisms do seem to work efficiently, effectively and predictably and it's reinforcing, so you get an illusion that you have the skills to get out there and make it in the real world, when in actuality, you really have forgone them and you may be out of sync with your contemporaries and they have the skills, and you don't and then you're going to withdraw more into video machines, because you're further behind as the weeks and years go on. Compulsive Internet use seems to produce the same type of tolerance and withdrawal as other addictions. There is also growing research evidence supporting the conclusion that many Internet users, perhaps as many as six percent, are being negatively impacted by their

Author Dr. Marc Kern

Date Published 2006

Source http://w ww.add ictionalt ernative s.com/

Dr. Dave N. Greenfie ld

January 1999

http://w ww.tru news.co m/listen _now.ht m

Internet use. It seems that you can develop a tolerance to Internet use, as you may need greater amounts of time online or to access more stimulating material. Although Web sites need not be sexual in nature in order to become addictive, they often are for a great number of Netheads. Of those who meet the criteria for Internet addiction, 62 percent regularly logged on to pornography sites, and reported experiencing sexual arousal while online "sometimes." They spent an average of over four hours per week viewing material on the adult sites, and 37.5 percent reported masturbating while online! For these Internet users, the Net offered a high degree of stimulation and sexual excitement. Most Internet addicts are young, Dr Mark socially unskilled men," he told Griffiths BBC News Online. "It's tragic these people have the same problems as any other addict." However, he said Internet addiction was a small problem at present, but Dr Young's criteria classified too many people as addicted to the Internet. "A lot of these people aren't addicted to the Internet - they're addicted to sex or gambling and they use the Internet as a tool," he said. September http://w 1999 ww.lieb ertonlin e.com/d oi/abs/1 0.1089/ 109493 100316 067?jou rnalCod e=cpb

Aside from academic obligations, children and young people have relatively few responsibilities to shirk by playing games. When an adult with dependents becomes addicted to computer games, however, the addiction can shatter a family. Game obsession takes away from time spent with family, which can lead to neglect of children and weakening of marriage bonds.

Dr. David Walsh

1999

http://w ww.par entfurth er.com/ technol ogymedia

Studies of the negative effects of television addiction indicate that TV viewing can seriously hamper a child's proper education and learning when done either to excess or when the content proves too extreme. Such activities distract children from learning, create negative feelings and emotions that interfere with proper education, and can lead to addiction. One mother said that she limited her children's access to computer games after she discovered that, not only were they chronically fighting over these games, but her year old baby was making computer game sounds

Parentin gHealthy

2007

Parenti ngHealthy .com