Internet addiction is real, German researchers say

Internet addiction is real, researchers in Germany say, and they’ve found a genetic variation that might have something to do with it. The study in question, carried out by the University of Bonn and Central Institute of Mental Health in Mannheim, is published in the September 2012 Journal of Medical Addiction.The team at Bonn interviewed 843 people and found 132 revealed “problematic behaviour” in how they handle the internet. In other words:The researchers, teaming up with peers in Mannheim, then compared those problem users to a “healthy” control group and found the problem users more often carried a genetic variation also linked to nicotine addiction.

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