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No difference between drug and technology addiction

February 13, 2012 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top Stories

A Nigerian doctor has warned users of technology addiction. According to Dr Maymunah Kadiri, President of the Association of Resident Doctors (ARD) based in Yaba, addiction leads to several health issues.

A Nigerian doctor has warned users of the dangers of ICT addiction. (image: stock.xchng)

“Addiction causes marital discord, shallow relationships, lack of personal hygiene and social interaction with other people, loss of good eating habits and poor academic performance. When a person is addicted to social networks, television and the internet, he or she often forgets to do anything else,” she told delegates during a lecture.

During the “Information Technology: The new drug of addiction” lecture, she said users should be aware of the consequences.

She referred to research which has indicated people addicted to social networks, such as Facebook and Twitter, similar to drug and alcohol addiction often leads to academic failure.

Kadiri advised parents monitor children’s media consumption and their use of techology.

Charlie Fripp – Online editor

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6 Responses to No difference between drug and technology addiction

  1. facebook users just be care so u don't get carrried away with time.

  2. Kelly Joshua says:

    dat tru.but wit sense, as for me I am ict myself we network the world.

  3. yeah I.T is addictive and coupled to the fact it gives express access to pornography

  4. Yeah dats true my sister buh point of correction pls don't use d word addict.

  5. Ayodele Morenikeji Anafi says:

    good advice nd very right.

  6. Daniel Mostert says:

    This is noncense how can you relate ICT to Drugs even within this context. I heard of people on drugs and let me tell you I wont Kill for Updating my Status, Playing a Game Online or chatting online with friends. ICT has brought the World Closer Together I believe if you can't do anything in moderation you probably are on drugs.

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