Web ad­dic­tion on the in­crease

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In­ter­net ad­dic­tion is a grow­ing phe­nom­e­non among Greek chil­dren and teenagers, ex­perts warn, adding that the dis­or­der has been ex­pand­ing to younger age groups.

“More than 40 per­cent of the 1,800 calls we re­ceived last year were about signs of ad­dic­tive be­hav­ior. There is a clear in­creas­ing trend,” Gior­gos Kor­mas, in charge of the helpline set up by the Greek aware­ness cen­ter Safer­in­ter­net.gr that is co-fi­nanced by the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion, told Kathimerini.

Ex­perts say the symp­toms of overuse used to af­fect in­ter­net users over the age of 14. “Now the dis­or­der is com­mon among pupils in the fifth or sixth year of pri­mary school,” Kor­mas said.

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