Addicted to net? You may have ‘netbrain’ disorder

Smartphone Users 3 Times More Likely To Get Affected

About 11% of British adults suffer from `netbrain’ -a disorder caused by overuse of the internet -and may show narcissism, distraction, and fear of missing out, a new study has found.

Those suffering from `netbrain’ are more likely to be found gambling online, socializing on social networks and playing video games, researchers said.

The affliction is said to affect 5.7 million British adults or 11% of the population -the same proportion that suffers from dyslexia, researchers added.

Smartphone owners are nearly three times more likely to have netbrain and those suffering from the condition are nearly four times more likely to exhibit anti-social behavior than those who do not, `The Times’ reported.

Nearly a third of adults aged between 18 to 34 suffer from `netbrain’ disorder, compared with 11% of 35 to 54-year-olds and 4% of those aged over 55, according to a study of 1,000 people conducted by VisualDNA, a London-based technology, and psychometrics company, and University College London.

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