Internet is driving cyberchondria, online hoarding and shopping addictions, warn experts 


The internet is fuelling a range of mental health disorders including ‘cyberchondria’, online hoarding, and shopping addictions, an influential group of experts warned today as they called for urgent action to tackle the growing problem.

An international team of more than 100 researchers said the ‘all pervasive’ nature of the web was driving problematic pornography use, gambling and excessive gaming which was breaking up families and causing people to lose their jobs.

In a wide-ranging report they warned users were becoming addicted to the internet and  developing obsessive behaviours such as repeatedly checking emails and social media and suffering cravings and withdrawal if they were unable…

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