Browsing online is one of the most worthwhile things to do, whether you want to while away time or want to work or search or buy. But how much of internet browsing is actually safe for you?
It is true that time flies while surfing the net, and a span on three hours feels more like 20 minutes for an average internet user. There have been many cases of internet addiction across the globe during the past decade, and the numbers have been rising at an alarming rate. What's more, rehabs have been opened all over the world for internet addicts.
Youngsters are more susceptible to internet addiction, and cause a lot of harm to themselves in the process. A new Chinese study reveals that adolescents addicted to the internet are twice as likely to harm themselves than regular kids. The researchers conducted a survey in Guangzhou in the Guandong Province of China, as 1,618 students aged between 13 and 18 were sampled. However why the scientists stuck to sampling in just one city is strange.
Anyways the study reveals some shocking truths - students addicted to the internet were more than likely to inflict self-harm upon themselves, such as hitting, deliberate burning, hair pulling and pinching. However, the study proves that none of the youngsters causing self harm contemplate suicide. Of the total participants, about 90 percent were normal users of the Internet, close to 10 percent were reasonably addicted, while 0.6 percent of the participants were severely addicted to the Internet.
Excessive use of the internet, psychiatric symptoms, and hopelessness among young people have all been linked in previous studies. "In recent years, with the greater availability of the internet in most Asian countries, internet addiction has become an increasing mental problem among adolescents," noted key author of the study, Dr. Lawrence Lam, from the University of Notre Dame Australia. "Internet addiction and self-injurious behavior can both be considered as part of the spectrum of impulse control disorders. All these behaviours may be rooted in some common … factors that require further exploration," claim the researchers.