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Growing concerns about Teen internet addiction

Internet addiction among teenagers has already become a cause for concern on a global scale

Growing concerns about Teen internet addiction
Growing epidemic of internet addiction (represenative image)

In today's perspective, technology like the internet is an integral part of life but it's equally important to recognize that this addiction isn't simply a matter of using the internet to function, or spending an average amount of time on computers and smartphones.

Recently a research was conducted on Teen Internet Addiction, with the joint efforts by Kazan Federal University (KFU), Peoples' Friendship University of Russia (RUDN), Russian State University of Physical Education, Sports, Youth and Tourism, Plekhanov Russian University of Economics, and Irkutsk State University.

The survey was conducted among adolescents and young people aged 14-19 which covered secondary schools and tertiary education institutions.

Regina Sakhieva, co-author of the research explained, "We can detect adolescents' dependence on social networks, where everyone can feel interesting and needed. Many people become addicted to communication in social networks and replacing real-life relationships with virtual ones. Even you are aware of your addiction, it's not always easy to get rid of it."

The study revealed that that the majority of those questioned have predispositions for Internet addiction. As an outcome of the questionnaire analysis, a program for addiction prevention was put forward. The agenda intends at promoting social experience, self-regulation, and self-management in the information space, critical thinking with regards to content consumption. The program was tested and proved to be effective.

The program is divided into three parts - motivational and cognitive measures, practice-oriented measures, and reflexive training, and a systemic plan of its implementation for the audience of 14 to 19-year-olds.

Dr. Sakhieva told, "We see a solution in prevention measures implemented by all the participants of educational relations. That's why the researchers proposed psychological and pedagogical guidance of prevention policies, including organizational efforts for prevention, special courses for teachers and psychologists, and new forms and methods of prevention work."

Internet addiction among teenagers has already become a cause for concern on a global scale. To combat the growing epidemic of internet addiction, the World Health Organization is going to review the International Classification of Diseases later this year and officially categorize "gaming disorder" as a disease.

Teenage internet addiction has shown an adverse effect on the dopamine system in the brain. Studies are starting to reveal a reduction in the brain's dopamine receptors as a result of internet addiction among teens.



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