Internet addiction is worldwide phenomenon

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Six percent of the world is addicted to the internet, according to researchers in Hong Kong.

Internet addiction is characterized by an inability to curb one’s internet usage, to the point that internet usage begins to interfere with one’s interpersonal relationships. A recent study conducted by the University of Hong Kong examined 89,000 individuals in 31 countries around the globe.

"This study provides initial support for the inverse relationship between quality of life and Internet Addiction (IA). It, however, finds no support for the hypothesis that high Internet accessibility (such as the high penetration rates in northern and western Europe), promote IA," said Brenda K. Wiederhold, PhD, MBA, BCB, BCN, editor-in-chief of the Interactive Media Institute.

Researchers found that internet addiction was most prevalent in the Middle East, where 10 percent of people are addicted. It was least common in Northern and Western Europe, where the rate was below 3 percent.


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