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Addiction to electronic devices is expected to be added to the handbook for psychiatry next year, according to the China-U.S. International Symposium on Mental Health held in Nanjing.

Dr. Lin Weilun, psychiatrist at Lakeland Hospital in Springfield, Missouri, said addiction to electronic devices has become a new development across the world and those affected are becoming younger, with some children at 4 to 6 years beginning to rely on an ‘electronic pacifier’ because of its soothing role.

Lin added that addiction to electronic gadgets currently is not defined as a mental illness but a mental health issue. With increasing cases, it is expected that it would be included in the international psychiatric handbook by 2019 for wider research.

According to the study, the earlier the exposure to electronic products, the greater the chances of addiction after growing up, and parents should take the lead in reducing the use of mobile phones as a solution, said Lin.

Nearly 100 experts and scholars from the mental health field attended the meeting.(Source: ECNS)

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What is the 'international psychiatry handbook'? Isn't the DSM the authority when it comes to this kind of thing? What does it say?

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Why isn't addiction to reading paper books a mental disorder?

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Oh no! It has electricity and people are addicted to it! What a load of bullcrap. What if you are addicted to reading ebooks on electronic devices? Would that be bad? Books are good right? But are they still good if they are read on an electronic device? Ha.

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Is anyone addicted to TV anymore? What happens when we all get chips in our brains that give us access to the internet? And we use it throughout our day? Will we all have mental disorders then? Because chips in the brains is our future. Maybe the state will have to regulate what we access with our chips and for how long.

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Oh no! It has electricity and people are addicted to it! What a load of bullcrap. What if you are ad ...

In the good old recent days when people still got their political news via the print media and read a lot of books, people would stop reading at the dining table and establish eye contact with other people. Thus it can be said that books did not cause mental illness.

But the electronic gadgets tempt people to ignore other people and to be in communication with others who are physically separated from them. These people tend to view other people in their vicinity as a nuisance. They shut them out by eating at the communal table and browsing on the tablet at the same time. I do think this is a mental illness. Or these people simply have no manners.

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