A recent research study done in Taiwan has raised questions about internet addiction and its negative impact on children. The study sampled over 2,000 boys and girls in 7th grade and found a connection between mental health problems such as depression, ADHD, social phobia and aggression and internet addiction. Yet some people are unconvinced by the results, arguing that they are based on self-reported symptoms which are not always accurate. At the very least, it is opening up a dialogue about the paradigm shift this new generation is experiencing thanks to technology, and how to responsibly manage it.
There are programs available to help people get rid of drug addiction, but who's got predictable methodologies in place to eliminate online addiction (because sometimes I think I might need to give them a call myself.)