Internet addiction and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder among schoolchildren

Aviv Weinstein, Yafa Yaacov, Michal Manning, Pinhas Danon, Abraham Weizman

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Abstract

Background: Use of the internet and videogames by children and adolescents has risen dramatically over the last decade. Increasing evidence of internet and videogame addiction among children is causing concern due to its harmful physical, emotional and social consequences. There is also emerging evidence for an association between computer and videogame addiction and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Objectives: To investigate the relationship between ADHD and internet addiction. Methods: We compared 50 male schoolchildren, mean age 13 years, diagnosed with ADHD to 50 male schoolchildren without ADHD on measures of internet addiction, internet use and sleep patterns. Results: Children with ADHD had higher scores on the Internet Addiction Test (IAT), used the internet for longer hours, and went to sleep later than those without ADHD. Conclusions: These findings indicate an association of ADHD, sleep disorders and internet/videogame addiction. IMAJ 2015; 17: 731–734 attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), problematic internet use (PIU), internet and videogame addiction.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)731-734
Number of pages4
JournalIsrael Medical Association Journal
Volume17
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 2015
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Internet and videogame addiction
  • Problematic internet use (PIU)

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