|A survey result from Korea reveals the somewhat eyebrow-raising figure that 40% of teenagers are addicted to the Internet and have ‘related health problems’. |
According to the survey conducted by Korea University’s College of Medicine on 764 youths in the Seoul area, 41.4 percent show symptoms of addiction to the Internet, including 2.9 percent with severe symptoms. Middle school students surf the Internet for an average of 3.1 hours a day and high school students spend 2.8 hours online, the survey found. About 90 percent use the Internet at home.
'After school hours, I normally stay in my room and spend hours in front of the computer,' Nam Hee-hyun, a 17-year-old high school junior, said. 'Over the weekends, I stay up all night doing Internet chatting and playing online games. Online gambling and pornography are nothing new to most of us,' Nam said. Neither are teenagers bragging about how naughty and rebellious they are, come to think of it.