Latest Internet addiction disorder Stories

2010-08-03 05:30:00

Teenagers who use the Internet uncontrollably are more than twice as likely to become depressed as those who surf the Web normally, according to a new study by researchers in China and Australia. The study involved 1,041 teens in southeastern China who completed a questionnaire to identify whether they were pathological Internet users.  The researchers then assessed the teens for anxiety and depression. Among the participants, who were on average 15 years old, 940 (90.3 percent) used the...

2010-06-29 08:08:46

Affected individuals have common psychological profiles A study of university students found no overlap between those reporting excessive Internet use and those with problem gambling. However, both addictive behaviors are associated with psychological issues such as depression, anxiety, stress, and loneliness, according to a provocative Rapid Communication in Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, a peer-reviewed journal published by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. The article is available...

2010-04-25 07:40:00

According to a new study, American college students are addicted to cellphones, social media and the Internet. Researchers at the University of Maryland asked 200 students to try and give up social media for an entire day.  They found that after 24 hours many showed signs of withdrawal, craving and anxiety along with an inability to function well without their social media links. The study's project director, Susan Moeller, said many students wrote about how they hated losing their...

2010-04-23 06:00:00

South Korea, widely considered the most wired nation on the planet, is searching for ways to deal with the growing problem of Internet addiction, according to an April 22 Associated Press (AP) report. Eo Gee-jun, president of the Korea Computer Life Institute, says that 26-percent of teenagers and 30-percent of adults are addicted to online video games. Considering that an estimated nine out of every 10 South Korean homes have broadband Internet access, and that 24-hour Internet cafes are...

2010-02-03 07:35:00

People who spend a lot of time browsing the net are more likely to show depressive symptoms, according to the first large-scale study of its kind in the West by University of Leeds psychologists. Researchers found striking evidence that some users have developed a compulsive internet habit, whereby they replace real-life social interaction with online chat rooms and social networking sites. The results suggest that this type of addictive surfing can have a serious impact on mental health....

2009-11-06 12:35:00

China's Ministry of Health has banned the practice of physical punishment for teens that are addicted to the Internet, following the death of one 15-year-old. The young boy, named Deng Senshan, was placed in an Internet addiction camp in China's Guangxi region, where he was physically abused and died hours after being admitted. Days after the boy's death, teenager Pu Liang was sent to a hospital with water in the lungs and kidney failure after being abused at a camp in Sichuan Province. There...

2009-10-06 09:03:25

Adolescents with psychiatric symptoms such as attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), social phobia, hostility and depression may be more likely to develop an Internet addiction, according to a report in the October issue of Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. Although the Internet has become one of the most significant information resources for adolescents, addiction to the Internet can negatively impact school performance, family...

2009-02-24 11:56:14

Researchers reported on Monday, teenagers who are preoccupied with their Internet time might be more prone to aggressive behavior. Over 9,400 Taiwanese teenagers were studied, and the researchers found that those with signs of Internet "addiction" were more likely to say they had hit, shoved or threatened someone in the past year. Several other factors were accounted by the investigators, including the teenagers' scores on measures of self-esteem and depression, as well as their exposure to...

2008-11-12 15:00:26

NORTH PALM BEACH, Fla., Nov. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Indications that the economy is leading to increased substance abuse, compulsive gambling and other addictive behaviors have led one of the nation's premiere addiction rehabilitation facilities to create a charitable arm to provide financial support for people in need of addiction treatment. (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081112/CLW099 ) "The economy exerts a negative effect on the ability to fund alcohol detox and drug rehab...

2008-10-25 18:15:00

A study of 5.2 million elementary, middle and high school students in South Korea has found nearly 2 percent of them are obsessed with the Internet. Liberty Forward Party official Lee Sang-min said the Education Ministry study found nearly 99,500 of the students surveyed could be classified as being addicted to the Internet, The Korea Times reported Friday. Those classified as Internet addicts routinely spent more than four hours each day using online services and reported corresponding...

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