Not only is Internet addiction a legitimate compulsion, it may have the same genetic component as nicotine addiction, a new study suggests.
Out of nearly 850 people interviewed about their Internet habits, German researchers evaluated 132 who showed signs of being hooked to the Web, while another 132 without problematic Internet behavior were selected as a control group.
The addicted users said that all their thoughts revolved around the Internet during the day, and they felt that their well-being was harmed if they couldn’t go online. The participants’ average age was 25.
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