How much time do you spend online each day? Do you believe that you have the Internet under control, or do you think that it controls you? Apparently, this is a problem in South Korea, at least for its young people.
It was reported in November that a child psychiatrist in Seoul reported the results of his three-year study pertaining to the issue of youth and Internet addiction. The psychiatrist concluded that approximately 30% of South Korean youth under 18 years of age are at risk of addiction to the Internet.
This study was reported by Dr. Ahn Dong-hyun, whose focus is on those who spend two hours or more each day online. The online time includes surfing the net, playing games, chatting either with friends or in chat rooms, and anything else one can do online. The 30% number represents approximately 2.4 million people who Dong-hyun believes are at risk for Internet addiction, and he estimates the number of actual Internet addicts at about 10% of that, or 250,000. He defines addiction as “an inability to stop oneself from using computers, a rising level of tolerance that drives one to seek ever longer sessions online, and withdrawal symptoms such as craving when one is prevented from logging on.”