Internet blamed for causing youngsters “more problems than drink and drugs”

Internet blamed for causing youngsters “more problems than drink and drugs”

A health ministry report entitled “Addictive behaviours at 18” has concluded that young people’s problems as a result of using the internet are steadily growing.

The study, compiled from interviews with 66,000 18-year-olds on National Defence Day, found that 25.9% admitted to having problems, as opposed to 22.9% the year before.

The figure is higher than those struggling with issues with alcohol (21%) or drugs (9%).

“Common problems” cited by what boils down to one in four young people included poor grades at school “as a result of time spent online” developing into emotional upset and behavioural problems at home.

The study found that “the majority of youngsters spent up to three hours a day playing online games, both during the week and at weekends”, stressing that 10% of those questioned admitted playing games for up to six hours per day “or more”.

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