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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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Makes no sense
By sliqdude on 10/7/2009 11:49:26 AM , Rating: 3
What about sports addiction? I have yet to see any kind of research on this. I know people that spend a vast majority of their lives involved in sports. This need to fit in with the Jocks, playing sports video game (not online), playing sports related games at work (paper football), attend sports events while not engaged in them physically, switching from sport to sport, following players careers (stalking), fantasy sports leagues, and there are more and more of these types of situations that have been overlooked. It would also appear to me that those athletes who do not go onto college stay in their hometown wasting their lives away drinking and reminiscing about the "glory days". I can think of 3 people that I know personally that are "addicted" to sports. Why is this being overlooked????

RE: Makes no sense
By VashHT on 10/7/2009 12:49:47 PM , Rating: 3
You make a good point, certain addictions are considered socially acceptable. I always thought it was weird my co-workers would ask me why I spend so much time playing games but when I ask them what they do they're just like "Well you know I watch TV and stuff most of the time". Apparently sitting on your ass in front of the TV is somehow better than doing it in front of the computer, confuses the hell out of me.

RE: Makes no sense
By alphadog on 10/7/2009 4:16:43 PM , Rating: 2
A hearty +1!

RE: Makes no sense
By Camikazi on 10/7/2009 4:51:31 PM , Rating: 2
I do both! TV Tuners in my comp, surf net and watch TV, research what I see on TV while I'm watching it!!!

RE: Makes no sense
By SavagePotato on 10/7/2009 10:02:23 PM , Rating: 2
There is a very interesting speech made by Marilyn Manson regarding sports and jock culture dominating the United States particularly.

He made it just after the columbine massacre and it was very well thought out and worth watching for anyone.

"I modded down, down, down, and the flames went higher." -- Sven Olsen

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