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Poll: Internet can change one's character

By Huang Chong and Hong Xinyi (China Youth Daily)

08:22, May 28, 2012

Edited and translated by People's Daily Online

Among the 16,491 respondents from China's 31 provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities, over 83 percent admitted that the Internet has changed the characters of them and surrounding people,according to a survey by the Social Investigation Center of China Youth Daily last week.

The Internet has brought vast amounts of information and convenient communication and at the same time it also affects our behaviors, habits and even characters.

The "Internet Addiction Disorder" and "Network Autism" are the most common symptoms among young people. Among the respondents, about 15 percent was born in 1990s, 53 percent was born in 1980s and 24 percent was born in 1970s.

Only less than 47 percent can bear more than one day without the Internet

84 percent of respondents said that many young people around them suffer from the "Internet Addiction Disorder"; nearly 33 percent said that the number of people suffering from the "Internet Addiction Disorder" is "so many" and almost 40 percent admitted that they suffer from the "Internet Addiction Disorder."

According to Tao Ran, director of the Internet Addiction Treatment Center under the Military General Hospital of Beijing PLA, people feel cheerful when they just learned to surf the Internet and the feeling will be gradually strengthened after long-term use of the Internet and finally the feeling of "being happy online and unhappy offline" will be produced. Then, the psychological mechanism of "obsessively surfing the Internet" will be formed. The users always hold a mentality of "Internet making me happy."

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gasgha at 2012-05-29124.73.152.*
Chinese innocent teenagers can"t tell what autism really is, and they mistakenly view loneliness and depression as autism. Internet does occupy a large amount of time if people choose to read news and look for useful info, but it doesn"t prevent them from engaging in social interaction. If we take the the other way round, probably those who claimed having "network autism" were already in a bad family relationships, and weren"t good at communicating with people around. In that case, you can only say, they did worsen their social life and relationships with family members or friends by messing around with internet. Anyway, they are not autistic, rather they are a group of people wanting to be isolated, nevertheless, that"s not autism. After all, internet can"t change your brain function, can it?
Sabrina at 2012-05-2960.166.87.*
That"s how Chinese innocent teenagers can"t tell what autism really is, and they view loneliness and depression as autism. Such a shame for retarded journalist who wrote this piece of shit... Internet does occupy considerable time if people choose to read news and look for useful info, however, it doesn"t prevent them from engaging in social interaction. If you think the other way round, probably those who claimed having "network autism" were already in a bad family relationships, and weren"t good at communicating with people around. In that case, you can only say, they did worsen their social life and relationships with family members or friends by messing around with internet. Nevertheless, that"s not autism. After all, internet can"t change your brain function.
PD User at 2012-05-28188.61.105.*
Not surprising, indeed the article is not news at all. Internet is an invention that ushers the world in the cybernetics age. Similar invention in the past are the television, telephone and steam engine. All these inventions came from the West with no exception. Why? Better leave the answer or answers to the People"s Daily.
  

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