... what about that article on web addiction?

A student in one of my internet classes sent me a short blurb which she found in the Health section of Yediot Aharonot for December 16, 1999. It was a report on a study about addiction to the internet, conducted by Dr. Kimberly Young, author of Caught in the Net and the cyber-psychologist from the Center for Online Addiction referred to in the column.

But this study wasn't the "next big study on the question of internet addiction" that I alluded to at the beginning of the column. Far from it. With only a very limited amount of searching, I was able to find one web reference to this study dates from April 1998. Why Yediot chose to report on this study more than a year and a half after it had already received rather extensive converage is an interesting question. Perhaps someone thinks it's still news. Or maybe someone wants to keep the issue of web addiction alive. Or maybe researchers have stopped wasting their time on this issue so that all that's left to be used as filler in the newspaper is an outdated study.

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