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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: Hmmm...
By Modeverything on 10/7/2009 11:23:58 AM , Rating: 3
I think one of the issues is things to do are being taken away from kids, and kids are too sheltered.

When I was a kid, we used to go play kickball, football, and baseball in fields. We used to ride motorcycles in dirt areas with hills and jumps and stuff. Point is, there was a lot of stuff to do outside. Also, when we got mad at each other, we fought it out, then made up and continued on our way; a great way to relieve stress and tension.

Now there are no fields to play in, there are no places to ride dirt bikes, and kids aren't even allowed to fight out their differences. How many kids today growing up even get to play a game of football with the other neighborhood children. How many kids know what it feels like to mouth off and get punched in the face, then think, maybe I shouldn't say that.

My point is there are a lot of experiences that I think is necessary for a person's growing process, and many of these things have been taken away. So that leaves nothing else for kids to do except surf the internet, and get mad at things and have a lot of built up stress and tension which leads to aggression.

RE: Hmmm...
By alphadog on 10/7/2009 4:15:15 PM , Rating: 2
I used to skate and got many a railing into my nads.

I wish the Internet was around then...

RE: Hmmm...
By Camikazi on 10/7/2009 4:50:06 PM , Rating: 2
You didn't need more net, you needed less railings :P

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