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Researchers indicate teenagers addicted to the Internet are more likely to harm themselves than other teens

A new study indicates teenagers who are addicted to the internet are more likely to have behavioral issues along with a higher likelihood for self-harm.

During the study that involved 1,618 teenagers between the ages of 13 to 18 from the Guangdong Province in China, some of those surveyed admitted to hitting themselves, burning, pinching, and other forms self-abuse. People who admitted to being addicted to the internet reportedly were 2.4 times more likely to have hurt themselves in the past six months.

Specifically, less than one percent said they were severely addicted to the internet, while around 10 percent were moderately addicted.

"In recent years, with the greater availability of the internet in most Asian countries, internet addiction has become an increasing mental problem among adolescents," the study noted.  "Many studies have reported associations between Internet addiction, psychiatric symptoms and depression among adolescents."

The joint Australian-Chinese study, carried out by the University of Notre Dame Australia's Dr. Lawrence Lam, indicates a "strong and significant" correlation with internet addiction and self-harm.

So-called internet addiction -- which has reportedly existed since the mid-1990s -- is still a grey area among mental health experts interested in creating specific guidelines to define internet addiction.

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By Targon on 12/7/2009 9:04:14 AM , Rating: 2
There are many differences in the CULTURE in China compared to other parts of the world, just because there is a study done in China does not mean that the results hold ANY merit for other parts of the world. In much the same way you can't expect results from the back country of Kentucky to New York City(vastly different lifestyles), you can't just say that what is true of China applies to the USA, or Europe, or Africa.

Teenagers in general are generally prone to all sorts of behavioral issues, and that is the result of culture, plus biology, and trying to cope with the results of hormones on how a person feels, both mentally and physically. Add to this the drugs/medications that are all over the place(you feel tired, pop a pill, you have a headache, pop a pill, depressed, pop a pill), and it is a wonder that teenagers learn to deal with ANYTHING without taking some sort of drug in the USA. In other countries where taking pills for every possible bad feeling isn't the norm, teenagers STILL end up needing to learn how to deal with the conflict between what the body, mind, and culture may be demanding. So, is stress and depression in teenagers REALLY so hard to understand?

The real problem is that acting out instead of trying to control how a person is feeling has become a lot more common and accepted overall. Instead of trying to cope, teens may just try to kill themselves, and because they read about it, it becomes an almost acceptable thing to them.

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