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Internet Addiction

Internet “Addiction” Poses Risk for Depression in Teenagers

Pathological use of the Internet—defined by scientists as “uncontrolled” or “unreasonable” appears to be a risk factor for depression in teens, according to a recent study slated for publication in the October issue of Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine.

For nearly two decades, excessive Internet use has been identified as a problematic behavior with signs and symptoms similar to those of other addictions, including relationship problems, health issues, and aggressive behavior.

In a nine-month study of over 1,000 adolescents, researchers found that teens who used the Internet pathologically were nearly two and a half times more likely to develop depression of those who used the Internet less frequently.

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