The development of telecommunication technology and internet in 20th century
has accelerated the advent of a new era that is dominated by information
and technology. Especially, Korea has ranked as one of the world’s IT countries
because more than 10 million people, about 72% of the population, can
have access to high-speed internet.
Internet-centric communities have brought changes into our lives. Some people
feel very stressful because they could not get accustomed to these changes,
but others are addicted to the internet.
Some typical examples of the internet addiction are game addition, chatting
addiction, internet gambling addition, and online pornography. These additions
have caused physical mal-functions and distorted human relationship with family
members, friends, and acquaintances. They can not lead an ordinary lives.
They cannot control imaginary desires or impulses. What is worse, the internet
serves as a means of cyber crimes, such as suicide, fraud, and stalking. Even Christian
families are suffering from the internet addictions, which finally result in faith
crisis, family conflict, and family breakdown.
Church workers and try to find how to cope with them, but finding appropriate
solutions is not easy. Thus, this paper purported to understand these social
ills in terms of Christian views and to offer some suggestions that come from
Christian counselling perspectives.