New study finds overuse of digital devices can be very dangerous - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

5/10/10

New study finds overuse of digital devices can be very dangerous

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – A new study finds the overuse of digital devices and the internet is similar to a drug or alcohol addiction.  According to the study at the University of Maryland, students were so hooked on their media connections, when they were taken away; they showed signs of withdrawal, craving, anxiety and inability to function well. 

"It can replace real attachment, it can replace real relationships at a lot of levels, it can take over so you're not doing as well in school," said Dr. Stephen Treat, with the Council on Relationships.

"It can absolutely take over your life.  You could end up doing four, five, six hours of text messaging, emailing and IM'ing, and all the kinds of words you can use in a way that takes your balance of life out completely."

Dr. Treat says the problem can start early even in grade school. So, he says parents need to set boundaries, which include time limits on texting or the internet so there aren't problems later.

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