Internet Addiction Disorder

One third of young mentally ill stuck in cycle of home-idling

More than one-third of mentally-disturbed young people are trapped in a cycle of idling at home, with nearly a quarter of these suffering from internet addiction, researchers claim.

Monday, 25 March, 2013, 6:55am

Overdosing on virtual connections

Growing numbers of people are apparently addicted to electronic gadgets providing continuous, always-on media and communications. Photo: Bloomberg

A decade ago, all the talk was about the digital divide leaving behind millions of poor people. Today, that has been replaced by a modern drug of choice for the masses - digital crack.

14 Feb 2013 - 1:29am 1 comment

Internet overuse risks making addicts of us

Internet overuse risks making addicts of us

How often do you miss out on sleep because you're online late at night? How often do you choose to spend more time online than going out with others? How often do you block out disturbing thoughts about your real life with soothing thoughts of the internet? If you answer "always" or "often" to such questions, you may have a problem with internet use.

8 Nov 2012 - 2:08am

Can you log off long enough to see if you have brain damage?

They're often gamers who go without food or drink, ignoring their education, work and relationships.

Internet addiction, in which individuals spend an excessive amount of time online, is recognised by some experts as a medical condition.

13 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

New hotline for addicts goes beyond drugs and gambling problems

Hong Kong's first all-in-one counselling hotline for people with a variety of addictions opened yesterday.

People with drug, alcohol, gambling, eating, sex, shopping and internet addictions can seek counselling via the hotline provided by the Hong Kong Caritas Family Service.

23 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Censors release list of 10 'suitable' internet games for young people

Mainland censors have listed 10 'suitable' online video games for teenagers as part of a drive to purify cyberspace for the young.

The 10 games were selected by a censorship committee under the Ministry of Culture from dozens recommended by the public, Xinhua reported yesterday.

10 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Young teens hooked on the internet

About 20 per cent of junior secondary school pupils are hooked on online games while another 30 per cent are more seriously addicted to them, a survey has found.

The survey, conducted by the Hong Kong Lutheran Social Service, polled 1,239 Form One to Three pupils from six secondary schools in October last year.

17 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Hooked on computers

When PEOPLE think of addictions, the first things that come to mind may be drugs or alcohol. But internet and gaming addictions can have serious consequences, particularly on teenagers.

An addiction can be psychological or physical, and can be detrimental to health and relationships.

7 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

Thousands addicted to online games

More than one in seven young people are addicted to the Internet, with hundreds of thousands logging on to play online games, according to a new study.

Psychologist Andrew Tang Cheuck-wing said yesterday there were more than 400,000 online gamers aged from 10 to 29, who spent an average of 10 hours a week playing.

17 Jan 2003 - 12:00am

Teenager collapses after six hours of computer games

A youth who suffered a fit and collapsed after playing computer games for over six hours was taken to hospital early yesterday.

His mother found the 16-year-old at 3.30am, lying on his bedroom floor at their 26th-floor flat in Pictorian Garden, On King Street, Sha Tin.

29 Mar 2001 - 12:00am