22 Jan '12, 5am

New study shows Internet addiction has same effects as drug, alcohol addiction

New study shows Internet addiction has same effects as drug, alcohol addiction

When it comes to your brain, Twitter and Facebook could well be the equivalent of a shot of cocaine. A study on Internet addiction published in the US-based Public Library of Science’s PLoS ONE journal this month shows that cyberspace has more in common with drugs and booze than you might think as it can alter your brain structure in the same way. The brains of web addicts who participated in the study show an abnormal amount of white matter in the regions controlling emotion, decision-making and self-control. More in The New Paper on Sunday (Dec 22).

Full article: http://www.tnp.sg/content/caught-web

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