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Is the Internet Bad for Your Health? [Infographic]

Dec. 5, 2012
Warning: The Internet may be shrinking your brain. According to an infographic from Insurance.com, small regions in the brains of Internet addicts shrank by 10-20 percent. And that’s not all: Extensive Internet use has been linked with eyestrain, bad posture, ADHD, sleep deprivation, bullying, relationship stress and more.

The majority of Americans – 85 percent of adults and 95 percent of teens – use the Internet, and up to 5-10 percent of Internet users are addicted. Are you one of them? If so, according to a new infographic from Insurance.com, your health may be in harm’s way.

The infographic relates that one-third of people consider the Internet as important as food, water and shelter. Furthermore, 20 percent of divorces cite Facebook as a contributing factor; extensive periods of reading off a computer screen leads to bad posture habits; heavy computer use may lead to eyestrain; children who are heavy Internet users may be more likely to show signs of depression; and more. Extensive Internet use is also connected with sleep deprivation, bad posture, relationship stress and ADHD.

“Internet addiction isn’t currently classified as a mental health disorder, although the American Psychiatric Association has recommended more research on this topic, so that could change,” the infographic explains.

See the infographic below for more information:

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