Internet Addiction

Jul 03, 2013

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Can surfing the Internet lead to an addiction comparable to alcohol and drugs?

Swansea and Milan universities conducted a study and discovered that young people experienced “negative moods” when they stopped surfing the Internet. The symptoms of those heavy Internet-users include depression.

The study examines the negative psychological effects of Internet addiction, which is classified as a clinical disorder shown through extreme Internet use.

The symptoms young people experience when quitting the Internet are similar to those symptoms when quitting hard drugs and alcohol.

Swansea University’s Professor Phil Reed, in the college of human and health sciences, stated, “When these people come off-line, they suffer increased negative mood—just like people coming off illegal drugs like ecstasy.”

He added, “Our results show that around half of the young people we studied spend so much time on the net that it has negative consequences for the rest of their lives.”

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Internet addiction needs to be prevented from a young age. Talk to your teens and young children about an appropriate amount of time to spend online. Set guidelines as to how to effectively spend time on the Internet to prevent your child or teen from surfing aimlessly online for hours. With parental controls like Net Nanny, parents can control and monitor the amount of time kids spend online.

Educate your child early on about the effects of excessive Internet use. Set clear rules and guidelines to prevent an addiction from occurring.

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