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Teenage Internet Addiction

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I have read several articles lately that outline teenage internet addiction.  Although my girls don't have the symptoms for it, my son does.  Do your kids fall into the category? 

  • Tolerance — Needing to play more and more in order to experience the same “rush”
  • Obsession — Spending most offline time thinking about past online experiences and planning for future online sessions
  • Frustration, anxiety, and/or irritability when not able to go online
  • Abandoning friends and other hobbies in order to focus on online activities
  • Continuing to spend time online even after negative repercussions (such as school problems, deteriorating relationships, and even health problems)

The following are among the specific signs that could indicate the presence of teen Internet addiction:

  • Most non-school hours are spent on the computer or playing video games
  • Falling asleep in school
  • Falling behind with assignments
  • Worsening grades
  • Lying about computer or video game use
  • Choosing to use the computer or play video games, rather than see friends
  • Dropping out of other social groups (clubs or sports)
  • Being irritable when not playing a video game or being on the computer

Physical symptoms associated with teen Internet addiction may include the following:

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome (associated with repetitive motions such as excessive keyboard use)
  • Insomnia
  • Poor nutrition (failing or refusing to eat in order to remain online)
  • Poor personal hygiene (again, neglecting this important issue in order to focus on online activities)
  • Headaches, back pain, and neck pain
  • Dry eyes and vision problems

by on Jan. 22, 2013 at 2:37 PM
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by on Jan. 25, 2013 at 3:59 PM

 i think lots and lots of people are getting addicted to the internet every day more and more . and with so manyparents allowing their young kids online for several hrs a day/weekly it wont be a surprise that in 10+ the amount of teens using glasses will be tripled then it is now .


by on Jan. 25, 2013 at 5:02 PM
We only own 1 laptop. No video games. And the kids have tablets that they're only allowed on a total of 4 hrs on the weekend. My kids are 13, 11, and 9
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by on Jan. 25, 2013 at 7:58 PM

Some good info ther thanks.

by on Jan. 25, 2013 at 10:04 PM

well this would not happen if parents would just monitor and control their children's online usage. I mean, they are the parents. What the parent says goes (unless you are such a push over that whatever the child says goes...which you aren't doing it right then). 

Children, especially teens need a lot of boundaries. Teens will do what they want when they want how they want IF their parents let them get away with it

by New Member on Jan. 28, 2013 at 12:16 PM
Very interesting. Treatment suggestions ?
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