This paper presents empirical qualitative results of Internet heavy-use and
addiction among some college students in Taiwan. It offers in-depth, onlin
e interviews of student-subjects in order to facilitate an interdisciplinar
y understanding of Internet heavy use, addiction and its potential impacts.
A total of 83 subjects were interviewed, both as individuals and in chat-r
oom groups. The analysis of qualitative data presented in six major themes:
(1) Internet use and reasons; (2) Internet features; (3) the Internet as r
eplacement for other media; (4) impact of Internet overuse; (5) controlling
Internet use; and (6) coping with Internet withdrawal. Discussions, explan
ations, along with examples and quotes from subjects, are provided in each
section. Implications for student affairs administrators and further resear
ch directions are also addressed.