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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 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.

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