As described in Phantis, Greek Internet addicts are spending an average of 42 hours per week on the Internet, according to a new book in Greek by a seasoned police officer heading a cybercrime subdivision of the Athens police. According to data in the book addicted people have used the Internet for six years on average before being diagnosed, while the majority are addicted to Internet games specifically (97%). Internet addicts log on mostly at home (79%), at Internet cafes (67%) and at school (17%).
In 72% of cases, psychiatrically-diagnosed symptoms follow addiction.
“My 3-year-old daughter spends 4 hours a day on her iPad…she’s an addict“
Are we raising a generation of addicted techno tots? It emerged this week that a four-year-old needed psychiatric treatment for her iPad addiction. And half of all parents let their children use tablets or smartphones – yet 81 per cent of mums and dads worry about the psychological effect, with many tots throwing tantrums when gadgets are taken away.
Read more: http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/features/4902010/children-addicted-to-ipads-and-computers.html#ixzz2RUMkYC00
China plans policies against internet addiction
China is doing it wrong. Policies for not using the web will not get people less addicted, but will lead them to find new ways to reach the Internet.
”You can forbid the internet, but young people will still find a way online,” he says, noting that this generation grew up with the computer. The only way to remove the attraction, Pi says, would be if peer pressure started to make it unfashionable to spend a whole day in front of the computer.”
Do you think it’s possible to make it unfashionable? Or even needed? I think not. The solution shouldn’t come from “use less”, it should come from “use in a smart way”
Women are more addicted to the Internet than men
“A new study conducted at the University of Bonn in Germany suggests that internet addiction is not only very real but can be linked to genetics! Researchers surveyed a pool of men and women concerning their internet habits. Of those surveyed, nearly 16% said the internet consumes their daily thoughts, and believes that their well-being depends on them signing on. When compared to the “healthy subjects,” researchers found the addicts were more likely to carry a genetic variation similar to nicotine addicts. Women were even more likely to have this gene mutation. Researchers feel that female susceptibility to internet addiction is increased by social networking sites such as Facebook.”