Internet addiction study study sees ‘pathological’ problem

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The figures jumped on weekends, with around 14% of junior-high students and around 21% of high school students spending over five hours on the Internet.

The students were also asked whether they felt depressed or anxious when not using the Internet, and whether they felt they had jeopardized important relationships or school activities because of Internet use, reports Japan Real Time.

Of those thought to be addicted 43% slept less than six hours a night and 23.2% had trouble falling asleep.

Maki Ikeda, a researcher at Nihon University, said Internet addiction can lead to serious health problems in the long run, such as malnutrition and depression.

“Even many of those who weren’t judged to be addicts appear to be generally lacking sleep,” she said.

Internet addiction is on the rise the world over with a generation used to having the world at its fingertips.

by Maesie Bertumen

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