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15:26, August 21, 2009

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Beijing Xinhua August 20, (Reporter Zhang Jian), recently the findings of the national primary school netizen special survey were published for the first time. The phenomenon that primary school children were addicted to the Internet had appeared. 7.1% of primary school children are addicted to the Internet and an additional 5% have the Internet addiction tendency.

The survey was jointly carried out by the China Youth Association for Network and the Communication University of China Research Institute survey. The survey started with Beijing, Shanghai and Wuhan primary school students at the age of 6-12 and their parents, compiling 2,400 valid samples.

In the survey, 80% of primary school children had contact with the Internet before the age of 9. The Internet has become the second most popular media after TV.

“Watching animation and film, downloading music and playing Online games” are the main attractions of the Internet. Online games have been the main cause that has made primary school children addicted to the Internet. Most of the Internet addicted users didn’t have a computer at home. In addition, boys become addicted to the Internet more easily than the girls. The children whose parents disagree with them surfing the Internet or those who agree to let them go to Internet cafes are more likely to become addicted to the Internet.

Director Ke Huixin of the Communication University of China Research Institute survey said that, in the past year, the number of Internet users under 10 in our country has increased to 3 million. Increasingly younger age of the Internet addicted and the entertainment permeability of the young has caused concern. In the survey, about 30% of the parents think that “online games are the primary cause of addiction to the Internet”. There is hope that Internet entertainment can be combined with education.
Source: China Daily Online

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