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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 Reclaimer77 on 10/7/2009 12:13:11 PM , Rating: 2
No it's just funny to observe how society deems one action "health" and one an addiction.

There are plenty of productive healthy good members of society who are on their computers "way too much". But they get frowned upon by those who decide they are a judge and jury.

As far as I'm concerned, if you pay your taxes and have no criminal record, you are ok by me. What you do in your own home is your business.

RE: Here's a thought
By wempa on 10/7/2009 12:25:57 PM , Rating: 2
Anything in excess is bad. Moderation is the key. If you have a hard time dragging yourself away from the computer, then you DO have a problem.

RE: Here's a thought
By bighairycamel on 10/7/2009 12:24:02 PM , Rating: 2
Yah I hate how the word "addiction" gets thrown around. Why does a doctor get to decide what the social norms are? Expecting a certain amount from anyone adds a level of conformity which they can kindly cram up their cramhole.

Besides, the time people spend in the internet during their free time would have been used watching TV 15+ years ago and it gives access to much more beneficial information than you could find on TV at any given moment.

RE: Here's a thought
By Alexstarfire on 10/7/2009 3:54:24 PM , Rating: 2
I find it odd that if you switch out internet for partying that it suddenly becomes acceptable. And by partying I'm not saying drugs and alcohol either. Only difference seems to be that you can learn useful things on the internet while at a party you're not likely to learn jack sh!t. I don't believe doing anything for the majority of your free time is healthy. I'm sure I spend too much time on the internet and playing games, but usually it's because there isn't anything else worth doing. I hate driving 20+ minutes just to visit my friends. And I only say that because I always drive to them and not the other way around.

RE: Here's a thought
By ggordonliddy on 10/8/2009 2:50:00 AM , Rating: 2
I haven't taken a bath or shower in years, nor used toilet paper or even a toilet (why waste water? I shan't do it! the bathroom can hold quite a lot of poo before they evict me). Does that make me a bad man?

RE: Here's a thought
By MadMan007 on 10/8/2009 9:04:15 AM , Rating: 2
Uuh, so you don't think that society at some point frowns upon excessive partying? That's they key - *excessive* - and it will eventually catch up with you.

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