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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 6:34:17 PM , Rating: 4
Your goddamn right I'll say what I want, because I have lived with this and struggled with it for 32 years. And it pisses me off when people like you dismiss it, call us lazy, blame our parents etc etc. Just because you can't imagine what's it like to have it.

People like you concentrate when they need / want to. People like you can read a chapter for a test ONCE, instead of having to read it 6 times for it to sink in. People like you can sit still and not shake their leg, bite their nails, or do other fidgeting that drives others crazy. People like you are at ease in social situations and don't blurt out stupid crap or do awkward things.

And people like you never grow up dealing with the eventual slow degrading of self respect, esteem, and anger issues that all of the above cause. I doubt you have ever cried yourself to sleep because you hate yourself for NOT being able to concentrate or pay attention and learn something no matter how hard you tried.

So don't come here with your high handed B.S and preach to me about it. Calling my mother a bad parent and me lazy. You know fuck all about it Fit. And I would hate being your cousin and knowing how you talk about him to the entire internet because he might have a condition and you don't give a crap. HIV was controversial and hard to diagnose too, so were a host of other things. I'm well aware of the scientific debate on this subject, but it's easy for them to sit back and debate on something that they don't have to live with on a daily basis.


RE: Here's a thought
By rudolphna on 10/7/2009 7:58:24 PM , Rating: 3
+1 You go reclaimer.


RE: Here's a thought
By StinkyWhizzleTeeth on 10/8/2009 1:46:19 PM , Rating: 2
I have Aspergers, and I can relate to that completely.

What I notice the problem to be is not that people don't take the time to understand, but that they judge based on their assumptions about circumstantial evidence. They can't understand, because it is impossible until they experience a disability for themselves. The best they can do is not convict someone and send them to "prison" based on their assumptions based purely off circumstantial evidence.

They don't take the time to think that maybe they don't have the whole picture. They can't see that there is a spectrum of difficulty that disabilities cause. This is caused by both nature and nurture.

That guys cousin doesn't seem to get much nurturing from his parents, or his cousin, which would make the disability have more affect. People with disabilities in supportive families do a whole lot better. Which is exactly the opposite effect that most people would assume.

I'm amazed because The Bible teaches clearly about judging, yet most Christian's still judge like they're all knowing like God. They're not doing God's will, but Satan's.


"We are going to continue to work with them to make sure they understand the reality of the Internet.  A lot of these people don't have Ph.Ds, and they don't have a degree in computer science." -- RIM co-CEO Michael Lazaridis











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