An Australian study published today has linked internet addiction to self harm. The survey of over 1,600 13- to 18-year-olds found that the students who reported signs of moderate to severe internet addiction were twice as likely to report some form of self harm.

The study found that one in six of the students surveyed reported some form of self-injury in the last six months, while one in ten reported moderate to severe internet addiction. Internet addiction was defined as feeling depressed and fantasising about the internet when they were away from their computer.

The authors highlighted that while the research indicated a ‘strong and significant’ link between the disorders, the data did not tell if one caused the other. The researches explained that both disorders might be symptoms of a larger underlying condition such as a lack of self control.


Writer Tristan Boyd, Editor Dr Ramesh Manocha.