Saturday, August 14, 2010

Is there such a thing as internet addiction?

Is there such a thing as internet addiction? And if so, what can you do about it?
That's a good question. Officially, internet addiction is not a diagnosis included in the DSM, the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, but I've read that it may be listed in the 2012 edition. Some research does suggest that internet addiction is real and occurs particularly among adolescents. The incidence appears to be highest in Eastern, rather than Western nations. In fact, both China and South Korea consider internet addiction their number one public health problem.

A study published in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine in October, 2009, concluded that internet addiction is most likely to affect youngsters who are depressed, hostile, have attention deficit disorder or social phobia. Boys are said to be more susceptible than girls; also at risk are those who spend 20 hours a week online or use the internet daily. Read more...

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