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Internet addiction is an issue that will be better researched in years to come

A new research study indicates some children and teenagers will become addicted to the internet, which can lead to ADHD, hostility, and social phobia.

Even though internet addiction is a growing problem with adults, according to researchers, there is even more concern related to internet addiction for the younger generation.

Researchers surveyed 2,293 seventh graders in Taiwan, noting 10.8% of them developed an internet addiction over time.  Furthermore, the researchers discovered those found be addicted to the internet suffered from ADHD and increased hostility.

Boys are more likely to become addicted to the internet, though girls had a higher level of depression and social phobia.

"The study's indication that children who are hyperactive or diagnosed ADHD are finding an outlet on the Web makes such perfect sense," said Michael Gilbert, Center for the Digital Future at the University of Southern California, who wasn't involved with the research.

Researchers in China and Japan are spending an increased amount of time looking into internet addiction, as there have been a handful of deaths related to prolonged computer and Internet use.

Internet addiction is not an official disorder, but will likely be entered into the 2012 version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM).  In the future, researchers will attempt to discover other negative impacts from internet addiction -- and will try to identify official criteria so it can be entered into the DSM.

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RE: Here's a thought
By noirsoft on 10/7/2009 9:04:21 AM , Rating: 4
The study is saying that kids who suffer from ADHD and other issues can become addicted to the internet because is provides them with an an environment that works better for them than standard interactions, and your answer is to take away the computer?

Guess what? diabetics have an addiction to insulin injections. We should rein in this addiction and make insulin illegal!

RE: Here's a thought
By Reclaimer77 on 10/7/2009 9:46:02 AM , Rating: 1
The Internet is a godsend for people with ADD and ADHD.

I am 32 and have suffered with this all my life. People with ADD/ADHD never feel comfortable in social situations. We never "fit in" with the crowd or always feel awkward.

You can't parent or discipline the ADD out of someone. Something people without the condition don't seem to understand.

Frankly I find the term " internet addiction " absurd. How do we quantify it ? If it's measured in terms of how much time is spent on it, then I think we can safely say 100% of the modern world is 'addicted' to it.

RE: Here's a thought
By The0ne on 10/7/2009 10:10:42 AM , Rating: 4
I'm pretty sure you don't mean what you said about internet addiction. There are those, kids and adults, that are on the internet almost 24/7 doing basically the same thing. Most of the stories are about games but it could be gambling, porn, social sites, etc. When you can think nothing of anything else or when you have no will power left to take yourself away knowing that fact it's destroying in some in my view an addiction. These people have to have whatever their doing. That's addiction.

What you're generally talking about is people like me who work on computers all day long but are using it for various task (design, eco, meetings, emails, drawings, research, etc.) That's not addiction because.

Of linking ADD/ADHD to internet addiction I don't know but I know people who are addicted to internet and have their lives ruined or in the process :)

RE: Here's a thought
By Reclaimer77 on 10/7/09, Rating: 0
RE: Here's a thought
By The0ne on 10/7/2009 10:57:01 AM , Rating: 2
lol, you are a douche as your many posts shows. Common sense doesn't go well with you..aiken (sp?) was right to put you in your place in the auto discussion.

RE: Here's a thought
By Reclaimer77 on 10/7/2009 12:13:11 PM , Rating: 2
No it's just funny to observe how society deems one action "health" and one an addiction.

There are plenty of productive healthy good members of society who are on their computers "way too much". But they get frowned upon by those who decide they are a judge and jury.

As far as I'm concerned, if you pay your taxes and have no criminal record, you are ok by me. What you do in your own home is your business.

RE: Here's a thought
By wempa on 10/7/2009 12:25:57 PM , Rating: 2
Anything in excess is bad. Moderation is the key. If you have a hard time dragging yourself away from the computer, then you DO have a problem.

RE: Here's a thought
By bighairycamel on 10/7/2009 12:24:02 PM , Rating: 2
Yah I hate how the word "addiction" gets thrown around. Why does a doctor get to decide what the social norms are? Expecting a certain amount from anyone adds a level of conformity which they can kindly cram up their cramhole.

Besides, the time people spend in the internet during their free time would have been used watching TV 15+ years ago and it gives access to much more beneficial information than you could find on TV at any given moment.

RE: Here's a thought
By Alexstarfire on 10/7/2009 3:54:24 PM , Rating: 2
I find it odd that if you switch out internet for partying that it suddenly becomes acceptable. And by partying I'm not saying drugs and alcohol either. Only difference seems to be that you can learn useful things on the internet while at a party you're not likely to learn jack sh!t. I don't believe doing anything for the majority of your free time is healthy. I'm sure I spend too much time on the internet and playing games, but usually it's because there isn't anything else worth doing. I hate driving 20+ minutes just to visit my friends. And I only say that because I always drive to them and not the other way around.

RE: Here's a thought
By ggordonliddy on 10/8/2009 2:50:00 AM , Rating: 2
I haven't taken a bath or shower in years, nor used toilet paper or even a toilet (why waste water? I shan't do it! the bathroom can hold quite a lot of poo before they evict me). Does that make me a bad man?

RE: Here's a thought
By MadMan007 on 10/8/2009 9:04:15 AM , Rating: 2
Uuh, so you don't think that society at some point frowns upon excessive partying? That's they key - *excessive* - and it will eventually catch up with you.

RE: Here's a thought
By MrBlastman on 10/7/2009 11:40:42 AM , Rating: 1
I know of people who are addicted to gaming, most predominantly they are MMO players. It seemed for a while all they would do is sit on a server, play their silly "task" oriented game and repeat the same actions over and over. For some of them, it became such a great distraction in their life that all outside contact with their real world friends ceased for some time.

However, they had made a large number of friendships online which lead to interaction in an electronic form. What I witnessed in them was a transition from the physical world to the digital world. Yes, I nearly lost a friend or two but at the same time it wasn't as if they shut themselves in a shack in the middle of a Montana compound and wrote manifestos all day long; rather, they simply change the medium in which they spent their daily activities within.

Their life did not end, it meerly changed. They continued to work and continued to hold down jobs while remaining productive. They were not exceeders or high achievers, but they accomplished the means necessary to fund their lifestyle.

From my point of view, I saw it as a way of life that I would rather avoid (though while recovering from my own mistakes years ago I found I had to embrace (without MMO's) rather than shun due to being capable of nothing else) now. I do not shun them at all. I do not call them out as lesser people either. I do despise MMO's as I find their model quite silly, repetitive and lame but, I am happy there are some people who have found unity and collaboration within them.

For them, it is their existence. Whether they are addicted or not, I could care less as long as they manage to cover their expenses and lifestyle needs within our physical world. It is their choice as to whether they spend time online. As long as they maintain a balance and can afford themselves that time, what is the problem with it?

The article mentioned in one part that internet addiction "caused" ADHD. I highly contest this as there are many of us that were diagnosed with ADD/ADHD before gaming really was a "thing" kids did. I know it is hard to believe this, but there was a time when kids grew up playing outside and watching very little TV, and, even some of those kids suffer from this affliction. It is improper to the highest degree to blame this condition on gaming.

Rather, I think as Reclaimer has pointed out, gaming is an outlet for those who suffer from ADHD due to the nature of interaction that it requires. It provides a means where they can operate their brains at the efficiency level that they choose. I have found many a person who is ADHD and has difficulty concentrating on menial tasks to have a high level of concentration within a game. Why take that away from them if it is a tool that can allow them a better quality of life?

I would rather them game on the internet than gamble, do drugs, engage in risky sex or go on a killing spree--wouldn't you?

RE: Here's a thought
By The0ne on 10/7/2009 12:26:55 PM , Rating: 2
You're missing the point of the term addiction. Reclaimer jsut doesn't have a single clue.

To gamers who are actually addicted, taking them away from the environment puts them in a "panic" mode where they could be depressed, withdrawn, and as some of us have seen videos of destructive. What you're talking about is not addiction. Sure you spend some hours gaming but you're meeting with people, socializing, having a good time, and more importantly knowing when to get off and do something else.

Those that are addicted do very little besides gaming (used as an example here). This isn't different from say gambling or drugs. It's their high, their peace, their sanctuary, etc etc. They will do just about anything to get to that place again, even if that means stealing, not eating, not going to school, not taking care of your family/kids, and so on.

What you're saying "As long as they maintain a balance and can afford themselves that time, what is the problem with it?" is not an addiction.

Again, as for ADHD/ADD relating to this I've no clue nor know anyone to say anything about it. I do know of people who are addicted to internet, chat and gaming mainly.

All I'm saying is internet addiction is out there and one shouldn't scoff at it like Reclaimer has with absolutely no clue nor experience in the matter.

RE: Here's a thought
By Reclaimer77 on 10/7/2009 12:45:50 PM , Rating: 2
I think you idiots who need to Wiki everything have the addiction. Why didn't you look it up in a BOOK !!?? Aha, I've got you now.

You're an addict. Get help, and an encyclopedia.

RE: Here's a thought
By Pirks on 10/7/2009 3:12:42 PM , Rating: 2
I've got happily married because I've got sort of an addiction to online chats about 10 years ago where I met my wife (on ICQ actually). So I have to side with Reclaimer here and tell all the "judges" and "Internet addiction doctors" to FOCK OFF.

RE: Here's a thought
By Reclaimer77 on 10/7/2009 6:37:15 PM , Rating: 2
Yup I met my GF on the 'net and, going on 4 years now, she's been the most awesome thing in my life ever. Probably gonna make her an honest woman soon.

I don't care how many bars or meat markets I might have gone to, never would have met someone like her.

RE: Here's a thought
By FITCamaro on 10/7/2009 11:18:41 AM , Rating: 1
Yes. I really don't by the vast majority of ADHD cases anyway. Most are diagnosed because parents are too lazy to deal with their kids and doctors make money off selling the drugs.

RE: Here's a thought
By Reclaimer77 on 10/7/2009 12:15:31 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah I don't buy multiple personality disorder anyway. Most are just used by psychos to get out of murdering people.

RE: Here's a thought
By FITCamaro on 10/7/2009 4:22:30 PM , Rating: 1
They use temporary insanity.

You can say whatever you want. It seems like these days over 25% of kids are being diagnosed with ADD or ADHD.

ADD = attention deficit disorder.
ADHD = attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder.

Kids not paying attention and being hyper? No....

I'm not saying there are no people with the disease. I'm saying its easily the most overdiagnosed disease out there because parents today are lazy. Or they don't want to discipline their kids.

My cousin takes ADD medication. He's not ADD, he's lazy. My aunt and uncle don't discipline him enough and just yell at him. He knows he can get away with stuff and not do his work.

RE: Here's a thought
By Reclaimer77 on 10/7/2009 6:34:17 PM , Rating: 4
Your goddamn right I'll say what I want, because I have lived with this and struggled with it for 32 years. And it pisses me off when people like you dismiss it, call us lazy, blame our parents etc etc. Just because you can't imagine what's it like to have it.

People like you concentrate when they need / want to. People like you can read a chapter for a test ONCE, instead of having to read it 6 times for it to sink in. People like you can sit still and not shake their leg, bite their nails, or do other fidgeting that drives others crazy. People like you are at ease in social situations and don't blurt out stupid crap or do awkward things.

And people like you never grow up dealing with the eventual slow degrading of self respect, esteem, and anger issues that all of the above cause. I doubt you have ever cried yourself to sleep because you hate yourself for NOT being able to concentrate or pay attention and learn something no matter how hard you tried.

So don't come here with your high handed B.S and preach to me about it. Calling my mother a bad parent and me lazy. You know fuck all about it Fit. And I would hate being your cousin and knowing how you talk about him to the entire internet because he might have a condition and you don't give a crap. HIV was controversial and hard to diagnose too, so were a host of other things. I'm well aware of the scientific debate on this subject, but it's easy for them to sit back and debate on something that they don't have to live with on a daily basis.

RE: Here's a thought
By rudolphna on 10/7/2009 7:58:24 PM , Rating: 3
+1 You go reclaimer.

RE: Here's a thought
By StinkyWhizzleTeeth on 10/8/2009 1:46:19 PM , Rating: 2
I have Aspergers, and I can relate to that completely.

What I notice the problem to be is not that people don't take the time to understand, but that they judge based on their assumptions about circumstantial evidence. They can't understand, because it is impossible until they experience a disability for themselves. The best they can do is not convict someone and send them to "prison" based on their assumptions based purely off circumstantial evidence.

They don't take the time to think that maybe they don't have the whole picture. They can't see that there is a spectrum of difficulty that disabilities cause. This is caused by both nature and nurture.

That guys cousin doesn't seem to get much nurturing from his parents, or his cousin, which would make the disability have more affect. People with disabilities in supportive families do a whole lot better. Which is exactly the opposite effect that most people would assume.

I'm amazed because The Bible teaches clearly about judging, yet most Christian's still judge like they're all knowing like God. They're not doing God's will, but Satan's.

RE: Here's a thought
By HrilL on 10/7/2009 5:18:10 PM , Rating: 2
I've got both ADHD and ADD and I'd have to say the internet is calming. I can hope around do one thing for a minute and something else the next. But really that is more computers in general. At work I multitask like no other because well it makes me more productive. I've tried the drugs to help my concentrate and all the do is sad sedate you. I took Ritalin and honestly its pretty much prescription meth. I would never get hungry couldn't sleep more than a few hours and it lead to a feeling of anxiety everywhere. I was diagnosed as a kid and took Ritalin from 7-13 and then I tried it again in college for about 9 month and I stopped. While I have to admit it helped with sticking to one task I'd rather live my life free than be controlled by a substance.

I do have to agree that the rate of diagnoses has gone up exponentially in the past decade. And a lot of this has to do with bad parenting and teaching for that matter. Teachers don't want to have to deal with any type of misbehavior so they suggest the parent take their kid to the doctor. Once you drug the kid up so damn much no wonder their not acting up. They live in a haze. Nothing will excite you. Life seems completely bland. Food doesn't even taste as good as it once did. That is no way to live your life. I've done both and I'm never going back. The positives don't out weigh the negatives and it feels like it destroys your creative mind as well.

RE: Here's a thought
By Reclaimer77 on 10/7/2009 6:40:38 PM , Rating: 2
Well there's two sides to it. I know for a fact that without Ritalin I would have failed high school. And the dose is VERY important and requires fine tuning and months and months to get it right without those side effects. At least in my case.

RE: Here's a thought
By callmeroy on 10/7/2009 2:01:06 PM , Rating: 1
Guess what? diabetics have an addiction to insulin injections. We should rein in this addiction and make insulin illegal!

Bad analogy if you ask me --- there is a very distinct difference here....

For someone "addicted" to the Internet to stop using the Internet doesn't directly result in adverse health effects.

For someone who is diabetic and relies on insulin injections to stop getting them.....means they die.

Not quite the same thing....

RE: Here's a thought
By Alexstarfire on 10/7/2009 3:57:47 PM , Rating: 2
Actually, addiction in any form results in some sort of deterioration of health if you take it away from them. Some are far more drastic than others, but it's there. I do get your point though.

RE: Here's a thought
By Camikazi on 10/7/2009 4:44:50 PM , Rating: 2
So with drawl symptoms that can make them depressed and in some suicidal is not an adverse health effect? Or maybe the rage some go into over it? Being taken away from any type of addiction is VERY bad for at least a while, and in the ones who get cut off and left alone it can be dangerous.

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