Then if you try to cut the cord in a very abrupt fashion, they've lost essentially their best friend.'' According to Dr Block, there are four main telltale symptoms which include: Losing all track of time or neglecting basics such as eating or sleeping; cravings and feelings of withdrawal, including anger, tension or depression, when a computer cannot be accessed; an increased need for better computer equipment and software; and negative effects such as arguments, lying, fatigue, social isolation and poor achievement.
But unfortunately, internet addiction is resistant to treatment, entails significant risks and has high relapse rates, Dr Block said. The average South Korean high school student spends about 23 hours per week gaming. Another 1.2 million are believed to be at risk of addiction and in need of counseling. There has been alarm over the soaring numbers of pupils dropping out of school or quitting their jobs to spend more time on computers, the Daily Mail reported. Similarly, in China 13.7 per cent of teenagers - around 10 million - are reported to be internet addicts.