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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 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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