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4 out of 100 students at risk of Internet addiction in S. Korea: survey

SEOUL, May 30 — About 4 percent of South Korean adolescents are at risk of Internet addiction, a government survey showed Wednesday.

But the number has been on the decline — thanks in part to a growing social awareness of Internet overuse.

The survey of approximately 1.74 million students, composed of elementary school fourth-graders, middle school freshmen and high school freshmen, revealed that 68,044 of them, or 3.9 percent, appeared to be at a level that required caution from Internet overuse, according to the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family.

However, the survey, which was conducted between March and April this year, showed that there has been a downward trend in the number of students at risk of Internet addiction since 2009.

The figures for fourth graders and middle school freshmen decreased by 14,667 and 8,866 in 2011, compared to the previous year.

The number of high school freshmen considered to be at risk of Internet addiction also dropped 11,482 in 2012 compared to last year.

A ministry official said that the falling number of students at risk of Internet addiction can be attributed to a rising social awareness about the issue. (PNA/Xinhua) hbc/utb

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