Monday, November 02, 2009

When Internet use becomes a problem - The Boston Globe

Sign of the times

The trouble signs are all there. They don’t sleep enough, they don’t eat right, they’ve lost touch with their friends, and their school performance has dropped off a cliff.

Their worried parents bring them to the doctor, fearing drug abuse or depression, but the evaluations come up empty. A doctor at Children’s Hospital Boston says something else may be at work. “We see kids who are just gaming, and they appear to their parents to have all of the signs and symptoms of drug use,’’ Dr. Michael Rich said about the seductive world of online games. “But in fact they are only hooked on the drug of electrons on their screen.’’

When Internet use becomes a problem - The Boston Globe

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