“Pathological internet use” and other stories . . .

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e8641 (Published 09 January 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:e8641

Genuine condition or disease mongering? “Pathological internet use” (PIU) is ravaging Europe; a study of risky behaviour among adolescents in 11 countries reports an overall prevalence of PIU of 4.4%. Prevalence was higher among male adolescents than female adolescents. The highest ranked online activities were watching videos, frequenting chat rooms, and social networking. Male participants played more games, and female participants were more involved in social networking. Urban living, not living with a biological parent, and parental unemployment were identified as high risk factors for PIU (Addiction 2012;107:2210-22, doi:10.1111/j.1360-0443.201.03946.x).

Good handwashing practice should start early in life, but a study of facilities in 68 New Zealand primary schools shows how difficult it may be for children to comply. Just over a quarter of schools met the Ministry of Education’s code of practice in full—warm water, liquid soap at every basin, and functioning hand-drying facilities. But 25 (37%) schools provided only cold water or non-functioning cloth roller towels; six provided no …

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