Psychiatric symptoms may predict internet addiction in adolescents
In today’s hectic life people want to achieve anything without putting any efforts. With the coming up of technology new electronic gadgets are being launched almost every other day. People have become addicted to internet and mobile gadgets so much so that they have started sabotaging their social life. This all has resulted in a chaos among youngsters. They all want to copy and compete with their colleagues in buying new gadgets whether they could afford it or not. If they are unable to compete with their colleagues, they become hostile and depressed; they don’t pay attention to their family and social responsibility. Other causes of their unrest could be due to the burden of studies and achieving high laurels in their intellectual studies. According to a report published in the October issue of Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals, youngsters with psychiatric symptoms like hostility, depression, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), social phobia are likely to become internet addicted.
No doubt internet today has become one of the big resources for youngsters, but addiction to it has started showing an adverse effect on their school and college performance, family relationships and their emotional state. According to the authors of the study this fact has been described as internet addiction or problematic internet use and has categorized as a possible behavior addiction.
Prior to this study there were reports which had revealed that 1.4 percent to 17.9 percent of adolescents are addicted to the internet in Western and Eastern societies. Various researchers had suggested adding internet and gaming addiction to the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. It was then decided to put these risk factors for clinical significance and find out ways and means of its prevention and early intervention.
During the course of the study with a two year of follow-up Chih-Hung Ko, M.D., of Kaohsiung Medical University Hospital and Kaohsiung Medical University, Kaohsiung City, Taiwan, and colleagues examined 2,293 seventh-graders (1,179 boys and 1,114 girls) from ten junior high schools in southern Taiwan, through a questionnaire. The main reason was to find out the association between psychiatric symptoms such as ADHD, social phobia and hostility and Internet addiction.
The results of the study highlighted that no doubt depression, ADHD, social phobia and hostility were found to be the main cause for occurrence of Internet addiction while depression and social phobia were also the reason behind Internet addiction among only female adolescents. In addition it was found that hostility and ADHD were also being the culprits behind internet addiction.
The authors concluded that efforts should be made to control these flaws of hostility, depression, ADHD and social phobia and intervention should be carried out to prevent internet addiction in youngsters.
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