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“Screen Addiction: What Is it ?”

“Screen addiction” is a new term entering the medical lexicon.  It refers to a condition whereby individuals (both young and old) are spending countless hours a day focused on an electronic screen.  Excessive use of computer games among young people in China appears to be taking an alarming turn and may have particular relevance for American parents.  PBS has a documentary called “Web Junkie,” which highlights the tragic effects on teenagers who become hooked on video games, playing for dozens of hours at a time often without breaks to eat, sleep or even use the bathroom.  Apparently, many have the view that the real world is fake.  Jane Brody reports, “Chinese doctors consider this phenomenon a clinical disorder and have established rehabilitation centers where afflicted youngsters are confined for months of sometimes draconian therapy, completely isolated from all media, the effectiveness of which remains to be demonstrated.” Still, in America, internet addiction is not yet considered a clinical diagnosis…yet.

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