A cry in cyberspace from junkies of the Internet
Monday 24 July 1995
As schools prepare to connect their pupils with the information superhighway, fears are mounting that for a small minority its educational advantages may be outweighed by its dangers.
Dr Mark Griffiths, a psychologist at the University of Plymouth who has already published research on children's addictions to fruit machines and computer games, is planning to study the issue in more depth.
He has already used the Internet itself to amass evidence on the subject. He says that of 100 people who responded to a query about the overuse of on-line services, 22 reported a cocaine-like "rush" and 12 said that computer chat lines helped them to relax.
Through the net, he has collected comments from Internet users on their compulsive use of the superhighway. One, identified as Dave, said: "I have tried to cut down. I get so angry when people tell me I spend too much time on the Internet. I sometimes log on the net in the morning to steady my nerves. How about a support group for Internet addiction?"Another, Gary, wrote that after the Internet was installed in the campus computer lab where he worked, some students spent the entire weekend using it. "After eight hours when we started to close I would have to pull them away from the computers, some would even cry."
and become angry," he said.
A woman called Belinda said she had cancelled the service after being addicted to it for almost a year and having to spend a further year in therapy suffering from depression.
Dr Griffiths said he wanted to find out which parts of the net such users were likely to become hooked on. "We want to know who is using the Internet and why they are using it. We are interested in whether anyone is addicted and if they are, what part they are addicted to."
The use of the Internet is growing rapidly, with universities already connected up to it and with schools in some areas becoming linked up through campus facilities. The Department for Education and Employment has announced its intention to encourage schools to link up to the Internet.
- 1 Malaysian cyclist could face disciplinary action after 'Save Gaza' gloves protest
- 2 Is Gideon Levy the most hated man in Israel or just the most heroic?
- 3 McDonald’s removes chicken nuggets from the menu in Hong Kong amid major food scare
- 4 Students offered grants if they tweet pro-Israeli propaganda
- 5 Satellite full of sexually experimental geckos adrift in space, Russia loses control of mission
Israel-Gaza conflict: Israeli targeting policy under scrutiny after shellfire hits a mother and child, a school full of refugees and a doctor’s home
Iraq crisis: Isis orders Mosul shop keepers to cover mannequins
Comic Con 2014 attendees
Students offered grants if they tweet pro-Israeli propaganda
McDonald’s removes chicken nuggets from the menu in Hong Kong amid major food scare
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Vladimir Putin is given 'one last chance' to end hostilities in Ukraine
The 'scroungers’ fight back: The welfare claimants battling to alter stereotypes
The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering
Arizona execution lasts two hours as killer Joseph Wood left 'snorting and gasping' for air
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Ukrainian military jet was flying close to passenger plane before it was shot down, says Russian officer
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Massive rise in sale of British arms to Russia
£600 - £650 per day: Orgtel: Conduct Risk Liaison Manager - Banking - London -...
Highly Attractive Package: Austen Lloyd: CITY - COMMERCIAL LITIGATION - GLOBAL...
£65000 - £75000 per annum + Benefits: Progressive Recruitment: The client is a...
£40000 - £45000 per annum: Ashdown Group: A well-established software house ba...