12,000 teenagers addicted to online games

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Research shows about 12,000 Dutch 13 to 16-year-olds are addicted to online gaming.

The youngsters sometimes find it difficult to control their behaviour when playing games with others via the internet. They also have problems with feelings of depression and isolation.

The research is being published by Tony van Rooij of the IVO Addiction Research Institute and was done under the auspices of Rotterdam’s Erasmus University Medical Centre. He is being awarded his PhD on the strength of the research.

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