University Survey Finds One in Four Brazilian Teenagers is Web-Dependent

The phenomenon, already observed by parents, is being quantified by pioneering research in Brazil. A Federal University of Espírito Santo (UFES) survey of more than 2,000 adolescents shows that 25.3 percent are moderately or severely dependent on the Internet.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The study was carried out with 15 to 19-year-olds from public and private schools in the metropolitan region of Vitória, capital of Espírito Santo. They answered an internationally used questionnaire to determine their digital addiction, the Internet Addiction Test.

More than just measuring the time of use of networks, the study aims to determine how Internet access impacts users' routines, emotions, and relationships.

This impact, according to experts and parents, is the main indicator of when Internet use becomes problematic.

Professionals from the Institute of Psychiatry of the Hospital das Clínicas . . .

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