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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 callmeroy on 10/7/2009 2:01:06 PM , Rating: 1
Guess what? diabetics have an addiction to insulin injections. We should rein in this addiction and make insulin illegal!

Bad analogy if you ask me --- there is a very distinct difference here....

For someone "addicted" to the Internet to stop using the Internet doesn't directly result in adverse health effects.

For someone who is diabetic and relies on insulin injections to stop getting them.....means they die.

Not quite the same thing....

RE: Here's a thought
By Alexstarfire on 10/7/2009 3:57:47 PM , Rating: 2
Actually, addiction in any form results in some sort of deterioration of health if you take it away from them. Some are far more drastic than others, but it's there. I do get your point though.

RE: Here's a thought
By Camikazi on 10/7/2009 4:44:50 PM , Rating: 2
So with drawl symptoms that can make them depressed and in some suicidal is not an adverse health effect? Or maybe the rage some go into over it? Being taken away from any type of addiction is VERY bad for at least a while, and in the ones who get cut off and left alone it can be dangerous.

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