More than 800,000 Germans addicted to the internet
According to studies by the Humboldt University in Berlin and the University of Munich, more than 800,000, i.e. three to four percent of the 27 million Internet users in Germany, show signs of Internet addiction. At the same time, experts criticized the fact that there were too few treatment options for those affected.
On average, Internet addicts should spend 34 hours in be online during the week, with very different offers being used. Some are looking for new contacts and others are always looking for the latest information on certain topics. Symptoms of the addiction are feelings of guilt because of Internet use, as well as unsuccessful attempts to 'get away from the Internet'. Since there are often known diseases and problems behind the addiction, the 'therapist around the corner' is the right person to contact, as there are no specialists for this type of addiction. But those affected should also be able to find help at so-called addiction counseling centers . The extent to which this study can be taken seriously is questionable, as it is difficult to check how many hours were actually spent on the PC or how long, for example, downloads were made overnight.