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New Study Shows Online Dependency Increasing, Tips on Reducing Online Dependency

From the 26 July 2011 Medical News Today article

If you are reading this right now, you’re online. It is estimated that there were 2.1 billion Internet users worldwide, but what would happen if suddenly we were all unplugged and offline, back to basics if you will?

In a new survey of 1,000 people, 53% said they felt upset when they were denied access to the Internet, and 40% said they felt lonely when they were unable to log on to the World Wide Web. Participants were questioned about their attitudes towards the Internet, and were asked to go without technology for 24 hours. That meant no Facebook, Twitter, emails and text messages.

After the 24 hours were up, some volunteers compared the experience to quitting smoking or drinking, and one even described it as “having my hand chopped off.”

Read the rest of the article, including suggestions on how to reduce your dependency on the Web.

July 26, 2011 - Posted by | Consumer Health | , , ,

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