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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 HrilL on 10/7/2009 5:18:10 PM , Rating: 2
I've got both ADHD and ADD and I'd have to say the internet is calming. I can hope around do one thing for a minute and something else the next. But really that is more computers in general. At work I multitask like no other because well it makes me more productive. I've tried the drugs to help my concentrate and all the do is sad sedate you. I took Ritalin and honestly its pretty much prescription meth. I would never get hungry couldn't sleep more than a few hours and it lead to a feeling of anxiety everywhere. I was diagnosed as a kid and took Ritalin from 7-13 and then I tried it again in college for about 9 month and I stopped. While I have to admit it helped with sticking to one task I'd rather live my life free than be controlled by a substance.

I do have to agree that the rate of diagnoses has gone up exponentially in the past decade. And a lot of this has to do with bad parenting and teaching for that matter. Teachers don't want to have to deal with any type of misbehavior so they suggest the parent take their kid to the doctor. Once you drug the kid up so damn much no wonder their not acting up. They live in a haze. Nothing will excite you. Life seems completely bland. Food doesn't even taste as good as it once did. That is no way to live your life. I've done both and I'm never going back. The positives don't out weigh the negatives and it feels like it destroys your creative mind as well.

RE: Here's a thought
By Reclaimer77 on 10/7/2009 6:40:38 PM , Rating: 2
Well there's two sides to it. I know for a fact that without Ritalin I would have failed high school. And the dose is VERY important and requires fine tuning and months and months to get it right without those side effects. At least in my case.

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