One billion people have Internet access
Mon May 22, 2006 13:54


MediaNews of 22 May 2006

More than one billion people in the world have access to the internet, with a quarter of them with broadband, or high-speed connections, according to a survey. The report by the firm eMarketer said the milestone of 1bn was reached in late 2005, and that nearly 250m households had broadband connections.

The firm estimates that of these people, 845m use the internet regularly. The United States is still number one in terms of numbers of internet users with 175m, and broadband households, 43.7m. In terms of regions, however, Asia-Pacific has the largest number (315m) and is the largest broadband centre containing nearly 40 per cent of the world's broadband households.

Latin America was the fastest growing broadband region worldwide, achieving 70 per cent subscriber growth, the survey found. But it had just 70m people online. Europe had 233m people online and 55.2m broadband households. China had 111m users and 34.1m households with fast connections.

The report was based on a number of industry surveys and data from the International Telecommunication Union and Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development.

Source Url.: http://www.breitbart.com/news/2006/05/18/060518163500.mk2075cs.html

Internet addiction a growing concern

While not yet defined as a true addiction, the internet may promote addictive behaviours and pseudo-intimate interpersonal relationships, according to a report in the US journal Perspectives in Psychiatric Care. 'Obsession with and craving time on the computer results in neglect of real-life personal relationships to the point of divorce,' writes US doctor Diane Wieland who treats patients with computer addiction.

The prevalence of internet addiction is hard to gauge at the moment, Wieland notes. Extrapolating from prevalence rates of other addictions, she thinks that 5 per cent to 10 per cent of internet users will most likely experience addiction.

Signs and symptoms of internet addiction include a general disregard for health and appearance; sleep deprivation due to spending so much time online; and decreased physical activity and social interaction with others. Dry eyes, carpal tunnel syndrome, and repetitive motion injuries of the hands and fingers are common. Internet addicts may also get the 'cyber shakes' when off line, exhibiting agitation and typing motions of the fingers when not at the computer.

Source Reuters, CNET News - Url.: http://news.com.com/Internet+addiction+a+growing+concern/2100-1025_3-6074699.html?tag=cd.top


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