Internet Addiction on the Decline?


A new study suggests that Internet addiction could be on the decline, among college students, anyway.

Researchers at the Seattle Children's Research Institute questioned more than 200 college students at two universities.

They found that 4% of the students scored high enough on the Internet Addiction Test (IAT) to indicate that they have an occasional problem or an addiction to the Internet.

However, it should be pointed out that the website claims "the Internet Addiction Test is not considered a well-validated psychological instrument."

Either way, the 4% figure is lower than previous studies that said 6% to 10% of the population is addicted to the Internet.

“Given the Internet is woven into the fabric of the lives of this generation of children, concerns about the potential for addiction are warranted and today’s college students are clearly at risk, given the considerable exposure that they have to the Internet,” said lead researcher Dr. Dimitri A. Christakis.

The researchers said universities should consider creating programs to deal with Internet addiction, as well as preventing it in the first place.

The study, titled “Problematic Internet Usage in U.S. College Students: A Pilot Study,” was published online in BMC Medicine.


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