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New Risk Factors For Internet Addicted Kids

Though it's not an official diagnosis, CNN reports that some kids and teens are more likely to become addicted to the Internet than others. A recent study suggests that kids who are depressed, hostile or have social phobia have a higher chance of developing an addiction, which is usually defined as spending so much time online that your day-to-day life suffers. Experts cite the constant stimulation of fast-paced video games and social networking sites, plus the ability to easily become anonymous or adopt a completely different persona.

According to the article, teens in Asian countries have the highest rate of addiction. In China alone, over 4 million teens are reportedly spending more than six hours a day online. Treatment is especially tricky, since it's nearly impossible to mandate teens avoid the Internet completely. To start, experts recommend parents put the computer in a central location in the home — like a hallway — as opposed to in a child's bedroom, which could encourage spending too much time online.

I think this is a scary phenomenon, and it's not new. Remember the Illinois facility offering treatment for web addiction and a similar Summer camp in China opened to help Internet-addicted teens? I just re-took the Internet addiction quiz to make sure I'm still in check!

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