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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 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.

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