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Psychiatric symptoms may predict internet addiction in adolescents

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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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4 thoughts on “Psychiatric symptoms may predict internet addiction in adolescents
  1. Elizabeth

    This is a really enlightening article! I am a mother of two, a boy and a girl, they are at 7 and 9 years old and they are both just growing up so fast! I’m afraid that too much internet and television might affect their attitude and behavior towards other people so I haven’t allowed them to have mobile phones yet, and I’m keeping a strict schedule when using the computer and even the television. I sometimes feel that I am depriving them the fun that these electronic gadgets provide but I just want them to get more involved with physical activities and socialize with other kids, and not want them to have any of these effects specially depression!

  2. Justin Roy

    I am lucky to have been born in the 80’s; my childhood was way more awesome compared to the present generation. I have experienced playing tag with my neighbors and/or schoolmates, roller skating or skateboarding, and a whole lot more of fun outdoor activities. Nowadays, wherever you look, almost all children now have their own smart phones, iPads/tablets and what’s unfortunate is that they can’t seem to take their hands and eyes away from it! I know that we don’t want our children to be left behind in today’s modern society, but I guess discipline is the main key to avoid this type of addiction; we would want them to develop an active mind and how else than by getting into an active lifestyle.

  3. Mia

    Most of the kids nowadays had develop a sort of isolation problem, teens usually get stuck using internet or watching lots of movie. This is very alarming to me, I’m guilty of doing this to my children, I provided each them a smartphone for communication. But as I observed them, they had get the hang of using or browsing the net rather than talking to each other. This is one bad effects of Internet and technology. Kids won’t be excited to play with their friends physically, they play online instead and physical interaction had been lost. Now we had a no tech policy at home, smartphone or any of kind will not be use inside the house. I want to start interaction between each other at home, every week I bring them to their friends house to have a sort of activity wherein my kids and their friends will have a physical activities and being depended to modern technology will be lessen. Thank you for this blog.

  4. Chen

    This blog article was great to know the importance of not being addicted at newly technology. Not all new technology can have good effects in our lifestyle. My cousin is 10 years old and have all the newly gadget, but I am strictly to him to only use it in just 3 hrs. per day. No extended time! He needs to learn socialize with the neighbors not only on the online social networking site. To prevent him from getting addicted with all the gadgets I set some activities for him. We play badminton, biking, and go for some food trip. Sometimes his attitude is affected by what he sees from the internet or from TV.

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