Recent studies show that up to 20 percent of internet users between the ages of 18 and 28 are addicted to being online. Whether it’s fantasy games, instant messaging, Facebook or constantly checking email, it can have a big impact on people's real lives, with those addicted often quitting school, jobs and relationships just to spend more time in front of the computer screen.
With more and more people online during every waking hour, the problem is becoming endemic, and digital detox retreats or treatment centres are starting to spring up.
The reStart Internet Addiction Recovery Program was the first of its kind in the United States and Earth Beat host Marnie Chesterton spoke to one of its co-founders, Hilarie Cash.
This story was taken from the latest edition of Earth Beat - Virtual friends
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