Doctors in South Korea are reporting a surge in “digital dementia” among young people who have become so reliant on electronic devices
By Julian Ryall, Tokyo South Korea is one of the most digitally connected nations in the world and the problem of internet addiction among both adults and children was recognized as far back as the late 1990s.
That is now developing into the early onset of digital dementia – a term coined in South Korea – meaning a deterioration in cognitive abilities that is more commonly seen in people who have suffered a head injury or psychiatric illness.
“Over-use of smartphones and game devices hampers the balanced development of the brain,” Byun Gi-won, a doctor at the Balance Brain Centre in Seoul, told the JoongAng Daily newspaper.
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