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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 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.

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