Finding Balance Most teens balance their internet use against other media types, school, sports, friends, and other commitments. But up to 10% of youth, risk developing a need to be online that becomes compulsive, or uncontrolled. This type of behavior is sometimes called: Internet addiction Problematic internet use Internet compulsion Internet overuse
New Research Reveals Risks Research titled Violent Video Games Alter Brain Function in Young Men found that changes in areas of the brain associated with the process of learning and emotional control in young adult men could be seen after just one week of game play. The change in brain function was reduced (but not eliminated) after game play was discontinued for a week.
New Research Reveals Risks In Britain, a study titled Majority of Brits feel 'upset' without Internet connection, found that: 53% of research participants feel upset without an internet connection 40% feel lonely when not able to go online And facing the challenge of giving up technology for 24 hours was considered by some to be as hard as quitting smoking or drinking.
New Research Reveals Risks A study conducted in Korea screened middle school and high school students for internet addiction and compared internet- addicted students with non-addicted students using an IQ test. Internet-addicted students had significantly lower comprehension scores than non-addicted students that may indicate a relationship between internet addiction and weak social intelligence. The study also found a relationship between the age when internet addiction started, the length of time a student was addicted, and students performance in areas related to attention.
Problematic Internet Use To look at problematic internet use from another angle, heres a news story on internet addiction by Katie Couric for CBS News :
20 Questions on Internet Dependency Do you: 1.Stay on the internet for much longer than intended, or not notice how much time passed while you were online? 2.Become infatuated with the internet; or specific internet destinations? 3.Make the decision to reduce the amount of time spent online, and then fail to achieve that reduction? 4.Spend money on internet devices or online that should be used for other necessities? 5.Escape into the internet to avoid responsibilities, escape painful feelings or troubling situations? 6.Think frequently about the internet or an internet activity when not using it or constantly look forward to the next opportunity to be online? 7.Have failed attempts to control your behavior, including aggressive behavior? 8.Check messages compulsively throughout the day? 9.Spend time online when you should be doing other things? 10.Have a heightened sense of excitement while involved in internet activities?
20 Questions on Internet Dependency Do you: 11.Become agitated or angry when not online or online time is interrupted? 12.Prefer to spend time online rather than with friends or family? 13.Feel restless when not online? 14.Lie to others about the amount of time you spend online? 15.Sneak online when no one is around? 16.Feel guilty, ashamed, anxious, or depressed as a result of online actions? 17.Sacrifice sleep to spend time online? 18.Have physical changes like weight gain or loss, backaches, headaches, pain in arms, wrists and hands? 19.Withdraw from activities you previously enjoyed? 20.Feel depressed?