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March 09, 2021 Tuesday 08:46:23 PM IST

Loneliness May Increase Internet Use

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Loneliness may be a risk factor in compulsive internet use among adolescents according to toa study done among 1,750 people who were studied at 16,17 and 18 years of age. The study done by researchers of the University of Helsinki pointed out that Covid-19 the outbreak led to loneliness increasing markedly among adolescents. They look for a sense of belonging from the internet. Lonely adolescents head to the internet and are at risk of becoming addicted. Internet addiction can further aggravate their malaise, such as depression, according to Prof Katariina Salmela-Aro who lead the study. The risk of being drawn into problematic internet use was at its highest among 16-year-old adolescents, with the phenomenon being more common among boys. For some, the problem persists into adulthood, but for others it eases up as they grow older.

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