Internet Addicts Top 10 Pct of Middle, High School Students

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Tokyo, Sept. 1 (Jiji Press)--More than 10 pct of junior and senior high school students in Japan are addicted to the Internet, a survey by a health ministry research group for fiscal 2017 has shown.

The proportion doubled for junior high school students, compared with the previous survey for fiscal 2012. The group estimates that the number of Internet addicts among junior and senior high school students surged from 510,000 to 930,000.

Susumu Higuchi, head of the National Hospital Organization Kurihama Medical and Addiction Center and a member of the ministry research group, said, "The problem has become more serious against the backdrop of the spread of equipment, as well as the wider use of social media and online games."

The functions of consultation centers and medical institutions that can deal with the issue should be enhanced, Higuchi said.

The survey, conducted from December 2017 to February 2018, covered 103 randomly selected schools nationwide--48 junior high schools and 55 senior high schools. Valid answers came from 64,329 students.

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