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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 The0ne on 10/7/2009 12:37:18 PM , Rating: 2
My sister does this with my three nephews here too. She yells at them if they play for too long but allows them to continue playing if they agree to her terms. All three are in college and have friends and it's working out good but I sometimes wish they could use those hours more productively. But they can't be like other people and mys sister has a point of doing so,

Keep them home, close to family members so you can teach them properly and at the same time avoid them being out there too much and joining some of the "bad" groups, which I might add is prevalent in the neighborhood.

But again, this isn't an "addiction". Are people so clueless of the word "addiction" that they can say "health" is just thrown around like it's nothing. That's like saying this drunk bastard that keeps pissing in your yard day in an day out is healthy, or that pedophile that keeps banging your kid isn't sick or addicted to sex. Sarcasm aside, addition means ADDITION. Is the word not strong enough? :o

Where's OmnicronX, I'll let him tell everyone to Google it.

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