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One in 25 teens is a net addict

world Updated: May 21, 2011 00:00 IST

One in every 25 teens reported an "irresistible urge" to be on the Internet, tension when they weren't online, or said they had tried to quit or cut down on Internet time, according to a US study.

In addition, the study of more than 3,500 high school students in the state of Connecticut found that those students with "problematic Internet use" were more likely than their peers to be depressed and aggressive, and to use drugs.

The study by Timothy Liu, at Yale University, and his colleagues surveyed students at ten different Connecticut high schools, asking more than 150 questions about health, risky behaviours, and impulsiveness, including questions on net use.