Addicted to the internet? It could be all in your genes

From The Telegraph:

Although the world wide web has been around for less than a generation, Dr Christian Montag from the University of Bonn, said they had found a gene in people who could not drag themselves away. Most were women.

Dr Montag said that, biologically speaking, internet addiction had the same genetic cause as smoking addiction.

He said: “Internet addiction is not a figment of our imagination. Researchers and therapists are increasingly closing in on it.”

Describing the impact of the genetic variant on those who had it, he said: “Within the group of subjects exhibiting problematic internet behaviour this variant occurs more frequently, in particular, in women.
“The sex-specific genetic finding may result from a specific subgroup of internet dependency, such as the use of social networks or such.”

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