GEN Z 2025
While connectivity is an inherent part of Gen
Z’s day, too much of a good thing has its dark
side. Severe reactions to too much online time are
cropping up. Just ask the 19-year-old Chinese man
who cut off his own arm to curb his addiction to
gaming. It’s an extreme example, sure, but such
behavior is sounding an increasingly loud alarm.
In China, where authorities are creating centers to
curb digital addiction, an estimated 24 million are
said to be addicted to the internet.
In New York, psychologist Dr. Suzanne Lachmann
is seeing digital stress in some of the teens she
treats in her practice. “Being constantly connected
is cultivating a level of anxiety – you have to
be accountable to someone or something that
isn’t actually there in your space. If they don’t
immediately respond, their world falls apart,” Dr.
Addicted to digital
PEOPLE IN CHINA ARE SAID TO
BE ADDICTED TO THE INTERNET
16% OF YOUNG ADULTS SHOW SIGNS
OF ONLINE ADDICTION – UK STUDY
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