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Nearly 600,000 addicted to internet

The Local · 26 Sep 2011, 16:14

Published: 26 Sep 2011 16:14 GMT+02:00

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The study, conducted by the Universities of Lübeck and Greifswald and supported by the German government, defined web addiction as excessive use, dependence on the web to escape from reality and indifference to serious consequences from the amount of time spent online.

Five percent of girls – the most affected group – were considered internet-addicted, in large part due to their devotion to online social networks such as Facebook.

Boys were slightly less affected with only three percent hooked on the web. Their biggest temptation was online games.

"These are often people who have not found much recognition in real life and who have difficulty making friends," Mechthild Dyckmans, the government's addiction tzar, said of the addicts. "Those are the people who feel more comfortable looking for friends online."

Dyckmans said about 2.5 million Germans between the ages of 14 and 64, or 4.6 percent, were "problematic internet users" with some difficulty limiting their surfing.

Dyckmans said the government now aimed to develop a standardised diagnosis to find better treatment options.

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The study was based on telephone interviews with 15,023 Germans.


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Your comments about this article

17:48 September 26, 2011 by Dayzee
I wonder how much money they spent on this very obvious study.........
17:58 September 26, 2011 by jmclewis
Total BS all it takes is Mom or Dad to provide some discipline. This is not cigarettes or drugs!
21:15 September 26, 2011 by catjones
Typical german Luddite conclusions. So many worries, so little time. Help us, oh, omniscient father. Protect us from ourselves.
00:45 September 27, 2011 by slawek
I guess years ago if interviewed one would consider me addicted to online porn.

It turns out that it was just a short-term learning curve for myself as broadband internet emerged and that with the new technical advancements I was simply curious what's out there. The moment I've seen almost everything the rush was over.

The positive after-effect - I can't stand advertising featuring sexy, seductively looking female models in questionable sexy poses and dresses. Why? Because it instantly evokes the feelings of loneliness and far unreachable distance from the women depicted. It's rather more like being confronted with some dirty mind of some photographer, who sees women as objects, whom you would never like to meet anyway.
13:09 September 27, 2011 by hankeat
I believe most of the Germans are addicted to foods, as most of them are overweight.
13:33 September 27, 2011 by michael4096
@catjones - don't get your Luddite reference. Luddites would suggest restricting the internet - this article mentions only treatment

sloppy history
16:14 September 27, 2011 by catjones
michael4096...let me help you with this. It's a treatment for a fallacious malaise. All the arguments above could be said about reading books. The internet is analogous to looms. The germans look to their government to protect themselves from an unproven boggey man.....see Google Map blurring.
16:28 September 27, 2011 by michael4096
Sorry, doesn't help me

There is nothing in the article about people looking to the government for protection. It simply says that the government is funding work to better understand the problem "..to find better treatment options". Totally unlike looms and probably the same as they do with people dangerously addicted to books.
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