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Science & Medicine

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Caught in the Web

March 23rd, 2011

Episode 44 of 564 episodes

The internet has revolutionised communications and the way many of us live our lives. But for some, it seems, the opportunities offered by the web, can become a compulsion to stay online. That kind of behaviour is becoming so widespread, that it has been given a name: internet addiction disorder - and clinics have been set up across Europe, America and Asia, to treat it. Some mental health professionals now believe it has become such a serious health issue, that they want to see internet addiction disorder added to the official reference book for recognised mental illnesses. Vera Frankl reports on a 21st Century affliction.

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