Study Finds Up to 14% of People Have "Internet Addiction"

A random survey of 2,500 adults -- the first-ever attempt to quantify "Internet addiction" in the general population -- found that between 6 percent and 14 percent of computer users said they spent too many bleary-eyed hours checking e-mail, making blog entries or visiting Web sites or chat rooms, sometimes neglecting work, school, families, food and sleep. For his survey, which was published in the October issue of CNS Spectrums: The International Journal of Neuropsychiatric Medicine, psychiatrist Elias Aboujaoude sought to measure the problem in the general population, outside hyper-wired Stanford and surrounding Silicon Valley.

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