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
Boys are more likely to become addicted
to the internet, though girls had a higher level of depression and
"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
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 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.
quote: A new research study indicates some children and teenagers will become addicted to the internet, which can lead to ADHD, hostility, and social phobia.