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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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RE: typical biased from the beginning study
By Alexstarfire on 12/7/2009 9:12:55 AM , Rating: 0
I didn't read past the first paragraph and even what I read just kind of makes me wonder. Mainly I'm curious to know what they consider self-abuse. I know they have the list, but come on. Do things like popping pimples count? I believe that'd fall under something like pinching. Another one I bring up is burning. I've played with my fair share of fire and while my intention is not to burn myself it's unavoidable that you're going to get burned when you play with fire as much as I did.

Although, the mere fact that less than 11% of those studied said they were even mildly addicted to the internet seems to prove that there is no real link.


By bupkus on 12/7/2009 10:25:25 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
but come on


come on...


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