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The medical literature supports the idea that there may be a relationship between ADHD and internet dependency. This cross-sectional study, published in QJM: An International Journal of Medicine, analyzed the relationship between ADHD symptoms and internet and gaming dependency among undergraduate male students.

The study relied on data compiled from 400 undergraduate students. A total of 33% of students exhibited moderate internet dependency, with 5% exhibiting severe dependency levels. Moreover, 16.5% of students were risky gamers and 12% were disordered gamers. Percentages of comorbid ADHD symptoms varied among groups. 

The researchers concluded that a significant but variable correlation exists between ADHD and internet and gaming dependency in undergraduate male students. A call to action is made for a larger analysis to provide more comprehensive results [1].


[1] Nagy, P. N. E. S., & el Habiby, A. P. M. M. (2021). Relationship of internet and gaming addiction with adult attention deficit hyperactivity disorder among male university students. QJM: An International Journal of Medicine, 114(Supplement_1). https://doi.org/10.1093/qjmed/hcab102.011

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