One in 10 young people addicted to the Internet
While most young people between the ages of 12 and 19 have a healthy relationship with the Internet, one in 10 is addicted to being online, according to the latest James study by Zurich University of Applied Sciences.
The James study is carried out every two years on behalf of Swisscom and is based on a survey of 1,000 young people across Switzerland.
The study found that nearly 80% of young people have a healthy relationship with the Internet, compared with 12% whose use is considered to be ‘risky’ and 9% who have a ‘problematic’ relationship.
Researchers also found that the risk of Internet addiction is higher when children and teenagers are struggling in real life, leading to them placing unnecessary importance on receiving ‘likes’ on social media or getting points playing video games. They are also more likely to be aggressive on social media sites or be victims of cyber-bullying.