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Five Percent of Teenagers with Computer Addiction

Roughly five percent of teenagers in Iceland suffer from computer addiction.

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According to Guðlaug M. Júlíusdóttir, a social worker at the department of child and adolescent health at Landspítali, the national hospital, symptoms include migraines, so-called cyber shakes, and pain in the hands and limbs, reports.

Guðlaug, who has worked on a number of such cases, says medication is prescribed to a certain group with computer addiction, along with other treatments. Withdrawal from personal relationships is one of the most common symptoms, she says.

A study found that between six and 15 percent of the general public and 13 and 18 percent of university students have similar symptoms.

Guðlaug says that it is difficult for young people to avoid using computers altogether, given the increase in their use in schools, but that parents must restrict the amount of time their children spend on their computers.

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