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BizReport : Internet : February 23, 2012 61% admit Internet addiction

A new poll from delves into the phenomenon that is Internet addiction and reveals that those already with vices such as smoking and drinking may not be as susceptible.

by Helen Leggatt

sodahead logo.pngIf you already smoke or drink you're relatively safe from falling foul of Internet addiction, found's survey of 602 of its site visitors. Don't believe in the condition? Well, it's been recognized as a disorder since as early as 1996, says, quoting research published in the Cyberpsychology and Behavior Journal.

According to's survey, a significant number (61%) admitted to being addicted to logging on whether it's to check email, catch up with social networks or Tweet. But, as with any addiction, there are those who believe they can stop anytime they want to. Thirty-nine percent of's respondents took this stance.

In fact, Internet users that smoked or drank were less likely to be, or admit to be, addicted to the Internet. Only 48% of smokers said they were also addicted to the Internet while 65% of non-smokers owned up to digital dependency.

However, there appears to be a stronger link between drinking and Internet addiction with 64% of teetotalers claiming to be addicted to the Internet.

The age group most susceptible to Internet addiction was 13-17 among which almost three-quarters (73%) admitted being addicted.

So, do those who are addicted spend the most time online? Apparently not, reveals The survey revealed that while teens feel the most addicted they spend the least amount of time online at 22.3 hours per week. Meanwhile, those in the 45-54 age group spent almost 40 hours each week online but were less likely to say they were addicted.

An infographic representing the survey findings can be found at

Tags: addiction, Internet, Internet use, survey

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