Berlin - According to new study, there are around 560,000 Internet addicts in Germany. That is one percent of the population between 14 and 65 years, said Mechthild Dyckmans (FDP), on Tuesday in Berlin, citing new study by the University of Lübeck sponsored by the Federal Ministry of Health.
Accordingly, people are responsible for Internet addiction especially social networks and online games. 37 percent of those affected said that they mainly spend their time on the Internet. Computer games are primarily problem for men, while women addicted to the internet are excessively active in social networks. Overall, however, women and men are almost equally affected by the problem of Internet addiction.
The figures from the study confirm the findings of an older study from 2011 in which the University of Lübeck increased the distribution of the online - had similar assessment of addiction. Dyckmans called for new approaches in therapy in view of the findings on the addictive potential of social networks. The offers, which have so far mostly been tailored to computer gamers, would have to be expanded and further developed. There must also be special therapies for women and users of social networks.