Internet Addiction Is Real – and Physical Effects Prove It
In a first-of-its kind study, scientists at Swansea University asked 144 adults, nearly half of whom identified as internet addicts, to stop using the Web. (The subjects averaged five hours a day online, including time at work.) As expected, people reported feeling anxious when they weren’t allowed online. But their heart rate and blood pressure also jumped 3 to 4 percent, suggesting that the withdrawal was mental and physical. “That’s enough to move you from normal to pre-hypertensive range.” says study author Phil Reed. And if you’re prone to anxiety, it may exacerbate the symptoms. The takeaway:Be mindful that screens don’t become a crutch.