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Good Morning,
Today one of our articles is about internet addiction. It 
states that some young adults spend 14 to 18 hours a day
on the net. When you spend that much time on the computer, it
is definitely an addiction. On average, how much time do you
spend a day on the net? 

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	  Experts: Internet addiction growing

The author of a book on Internet addiction says that 5 to 10 
percent of the U.S. population is hooked with larger percentages 
in other countries addicted. Kimberly Young, clinical director 
of the Center for Internet Addiction Recovery, told Medill News 
Service that many addicts are hooked on one particular aspect 
of the Internet. The major ones include online gambling and 
gaming, sex sites, compulsive surfers and even addiction to 
eBay. Coleen Moore of the Illinois Center for Addiction Recovery 
said that she has seen young adults who spend 14 to 18 hours a 
day at their computers. At that point, the Internet is keeping 
them from work, family life and friendships outside the virtual 
world. Young compared the Internet to alcohol. Many people can 
use it and then turn to something else but some lose control. 
She said that treatment is in its early stages, depending on 
therapy. Young is the author of "Caught in the Net," a book on 
Internet addiction. She said that in some countries like Taiwan 
and China as many as 30 percent of computer users may be hooked.


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