A recent Yale University study of over 3,500 school students in the the American state of Connecticut has found that one in every 25 teens reported an “irresistible urge” to be on the internet, tension when they weren’t online, or said they had tried to quit or cut down on internet time.
In addition, the study found that those students with “problematic internet use” were more likely than their peers to be depressed and aggressive, and to use drugs. However, study leader Timothy Liu, and his colleagues said they couldn’t prove a “cause and effect” link between the Internet habits, depression and drug use. “It may be associated with depression, substance use, and aggressive behaviors. High school boys, though, may have heavier internet use and may be less self-aware of the related problems,” they wrote.
The study asked more than 150 questions about health,risky behaviors, and impulsiveness — including seven questions on internet use. Out of 3,560 students, 4% met the criteria for problematic internet use. Asian and Hispanic students were more likely to qualify, although the majority of students in the study were white.