Heavy internet use linked to signs of addiction

Heavy internet use linked to signs of addiction

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Beijing, CHINA: A Reporters Without Borders Chinese language website blocked in Beijing, 30 May 2007. China's Internet police took between five and eight hours to track down the new location of the media watchdog's Chinese language website and block it, the group said. The site, www.rsf-chinese.org was first launched on May 3 but access within China was quickly denied, so the group moved it to a new portal three weeks later, only to see it closed within hours. Experts say 30,000-40,000 Internet police are employed to implement the country's extensive Internet censorship system, known as the "Great Firewall of China." AFP PHOTO/Frederic J. BROWN (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)

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Associated Press

Posted on December 16, 2013 at 5:09 AM

 ROLLA, Mo. (AP) -- Young adults who are heavy Internet users may also exhibit signs of addiction.

That’s the finding of a new study that was conducted by researchers at the Missouri University of Science and Technology, Duke University Medical Center and the Duke Institute of Brain Science. The study tracked the Internet usage of 69 college students over two months. It reveals a correlation between certain types of Internet usage and addictive behaviors.

Researchers also found that students who scored high on an introversion scale spent 25 percent more time on instant messaging than those who scored low on the scale. Introversion also was closely tied to file downloading and loss of control to gambling.

The research was presented Dec. 18 at a conference in Chennai, India.

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