Brick-and-mortar clinics treat Internet addicts
PITTSBURGH (REUTERS) - Smartphones are getting smarter, laptops are becoming increasingly portable - and people who just cannot put them down are finding more remedies.
The latest clinic treating the growing number of Americans addicted to the Internet will open next week in Bradford, Pennsylvania.
Dr Kimberly Young, a psychologist who heads the new programme at Bradford Regional Medical Center, a public hospital about 257km north of Pittsburgh, said that since 1994 she has privately treated thousands of people who cannot control their online activity.
"A lot of countries do prevention and education surrounding the issue, and we Americans are just starting to think in those terms," Dr Young said.