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At least four out of 10 ado­les­cents are ad­dicted to In­ter­net in Bhutan, mak­ing Bhutan’s In­ter­net ad­dic­tion high­est in the South­east Asian re­gion.

This is ac­cord­ing to a study con­ducted by a team of doc­tors be­tween May and Novem­ber last year that was pre­sented at the Fourth In­ter­na­tional Con­fer­ence on Med­i­cal and Health Sciences that ended on Novem­ber 11 in Thim­phu.

The study showed that about 40 per­cent of the high school-go­ing ado­les­cents are ad­dicted to In­ter­net in the coun­try, 38 per­cent suf­fer from mod­er­ate ad­dic­tion, and two per­cent are se­vere In­ter­net ad­dicts.

In­ter­net ad­dic­tion re­port­edly refers to the com­pul­sive need to spend a lot of time on the In­ter­net, to the point where re­la­tion­ships, work and health suf­fer. The re­search stud­ied 721 school-go­ing ado­les­cents of class IX-XII in 12 se­lected schools — six cen­tral schools and six dayscholar schools in the coun­try.

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