Sabato, 20 Ottobre 2018
MILAN

Computer 'addiction' up among Italian youth 11-16

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Milan, January 21 - Computer and internet
dependance among children and adolescents age 11 to 16 is on the
rise, along with health issues related to excessive web surfing,
according to a report by the Italian Medical Federation Fnomceo
released on Monday.
The study that polled 240,000 school-aged children and
teens found that they spent an average of three or more hours on
the computer.
Fnomceo said that one of the most serious disturbances
caused by computer addiction, Hikikomori Syndrome, causes a
tendency to isolate oneself from society.
Until the 1980s the syndrome was found mostly in Japan.
Sufferers of Hikikomori Syndrome create a "parallel
reality" that means their only friends are "playstations and
computers," said the report.
"Unfortunately Italian mental health institutions often
overlook the problem because those affected are not diagnosed,"
Fnomceo said.
Sufferers are not "autistic, nor does their scholastic
performance fail to meet standards, but once their outside
obligations are performed they retreat into a completely
isolated and virtual world," the study reports.
The syndrome can be fought by "raising consciousness of its
existence" since it is still a little-known phenomenon in Italy.

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