The popularity of the internet continues to grow because of the many ways users can interact, be entertained, informed, contacted, and occupied. Users connect through virtual worlds, blogs, games, subscription services and social networking sites. Technology gives users the ability to stay connected and contactable 24 hours a day.
However, being connected 24 hours can lead to excessive internet use, which can have a negative impact on the wellbeing of the user and his/her friends and family. Attention to the issue of potential for harm to the user is increasing.