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Survey finds junior high Internet addiction on the rise
Central News Agency
2014-06-28 11:29 PM
Taipei, June 28 (CNA) Over 10 percent of junior high school students in Taiwan have become addicted to surfing the Internet, with video games the main culprit, according to the results of a survey released by Asia University in Taichung on Saturday. The survey, which tracked 2,390 junior high school students around Taiwan over the past two years, found that their online addiction rate has increased to 13.5 percent from 12.1 percent two years ago. In addition, the rates of attempted suicide among university students and junior high students who got addicted to online surfing are respectively two times and 1.6 times that of students who have not developed an Internet addiction, the survey found. Ko Huei-chen, vice president of the university, said at a forum on Internet surfing that increased connectivity has only made it easier for students to get hooked. Taiwan's household broadband Internet penetration rate has reached 81.6 percent, while mobile Internet penetration rate was 39 percent, Ko said, citing the survey's findings. To further look into the problem, Asia University and National Cheng Kung University decided to track 2,390 junior high students around Taiwan beginning in July 2012, when Asia University set up an Internet addiction prevention and control center. Health Minister Chiu Wen-ta said at the forum that to cope with the problem reflected in the survey's findings, his ministry has rolled out a mental health promotion plan to prevent Internet addiction disorder. The problem is not limited to Taiwan, Ko said, noting that in China, about 14.1 percent of teenagers have become addicted to Internet surfing. (By Lung Pei-ning and Evelyn Kao)
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