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Wednesday 22 November 2017

Internet addiction can alter teen brains

INTERNET addiction disrupts nerve wiring in the brains of teenagers, a "groundbreaking" study has found.

Similar effects have been seen in the brains of people exposed to alcohol, cocaine and cannabis.

The discovery shows that being hooked on a behaviour can be just as physically damaging as addiction to drugs, scientists believe.

Distress

Internet addiction disorder (IAD) is a recently recognised condition characterised by out-of-control internet use.

Sufferers spend unhealthy amounts of time "online" to the extent that it impairs their quality of life.

Denied access to their computers, they may experience distress and withdrawal symptoms including tremors, obsessive thoughts, and involuntary typing movements of the fingers.

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