Screen addicts: adults too?


PSYCHOLOGY – Debates rage on the supposed harmfulness of screens on children. But aren’t we ourselves a bit too hyperconnected?

Quick to condemn the young generation for sickly consuming screens, should we rather sweep in front of our door? Today, the average internet user aged 16 to 64 spends 6 hours and 43 minutes online every day, according to the 2020 annual report published by We are social and Hootsuite. On average, 40% of our “waking” life is spent on the Internet … Have we all become addicted?

A real addiction should be distinguished from excessive use», Specifies Vanessa Lalo, clinical psychologist specializing in digital practices. Indeed, for lack of sufficiently conclusive studies, Internet use disorder is not among the mental disorders described in the reference work of modern psychiatry, DSM-5 of the American Psychiatric Association. “The question of dependence meets specific medical criteria that are rarely found with all digital tools., adds Bruno Rocher, psychiatrist-addictologist at the Nantes University Hospital.

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