Mental Health

Tech addiction symptoms rife among students

"Young adults around the world experience distress when they try to unplug from technology for even one day, a research project has found.

"A clear majority" of almost 1,000 university students in 10 countries, including China, Chile, the U.K. and Uganda, were unable to voluntarily stay away from computers, televisions, cellphones and MP3 players for 24 hours, reported the International Center for Media at the University of Maryland in College Park, Md., which led "The World Unplugged" project.

Facebook depression: Do you think you suffer from it?

"A U.S. doctors' group says "Facebook depression" may affect troubled teens who obsess over their friends' posts on the social networking site. Researchers disagree on whether it's simply an extension of depression some kids feel in other circumstances, or a distinct condition linked with using the online site. But there are unique aspects of Facebook that can make it a particularly tough social landscape to navigate for kids already dealing with poor self-esteem, said Dr.

Do video games fuel mental health problems?

"There might be trouble brewing behind the glassy eyes of kids who spend too much time and energy on video games, according to a controversial new study. In the 2-year study of more than 3,000 school children in Singapore, researchers found nearly one in ten were video game "addicts," and most were stuck with the problem. While these kids were more likely to have behavioral problems to begin with, excessive gaming appeared to cause additional mental woes." | more

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