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from  Dhofar  University.  The  findings  revealed  low  rates  of  students  volunteering  and  the
               popularity of occasional volunteering.  It also revealed that sport and cultural organizations were
               the main beneficiaries of students’ voluntary activities as well as local agencies.  The study found
               that altruistic motivations are most commonly cited as reasons to volunteer is religious believes.
               Promote national affiliation, wanting to fill spare time, and gaining work experience are also
               important motivating factors. Students were clear that they wanted their volunteering to make
               a difference and some preferred to select activities that allowed them to see more impacts.
               Student volunteers report many positive impacts on their own personal development, skills and
               employability. The major barrier to volunteering reported by students is lack of time owing to
               study pressures.  The  study  revealed  no  significant  statistical  differences  regarding  university
               students’ attitude towards any kind of voluntary services and the obstacles that hinder their
               participation  in  those  activities.  The  study  also  included  a  number  of  recommendations  and
               suggestions with the aim of further strengthening university students’ participation in voluntary

               S. Menon, T. Al Mashani, L. Al Mashani, “Prevalence of Internet Addiction among young people
               in Oman”, FURAP Call 4, Funded by TRC.

               There  is  increasing  evidence  today  from  research  world-wide  that  internet  addiction  is  an
               ongoing problem and it is rapidly increasing. Just like compulsive gambling, overeating and taking
               alcohol  or  drugs  some  individuals  who  continuously  and  excessively  use  the  internet  have
               become addicted to this in much the same way as other addictions. This study examined the
               prevalence of Internet addiction among young people in Oman. The perverseness of technology
               everywhere today has created some conditions and problems in the form of addiction to the
               internet  or  Internet Addiction.  In  this  study  students  from two  universities  in  Oman, Dhofar
               University and Nizwa University were surveyed for internet usage using the Young’s Internet
               Addiction scale. Many demographic variables and their relationship to these addiction behaviors
               were also examined. The study was analyzed using several descriptive and inferential statistical
               methods with the SPSS software. Some interesting findings emerged and the implications of
               these findings  are  discussed.  It  is  suggested that proactive  interventions  and awareness  and
               recognition of this addiction be done as both students and employees, could potentially become
               addicted  to  a  technology  that  is  being  provided  directly  by  the  college  or  institution.  Many
               recommendations for future research on this important topic are suggested.

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