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Being in love is physically similar to the buzz of taking drugs and also has withdrawal symptoms, an expert on addiction has said. Dr John Marsden says dopamine - the drug released by the brain when it is aroused - has similar effects on the body and mind as cocaine or speed. Attraction and lust really is like a drug. It leaves you wanting more.


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The patients - all teenagers or in their 20s - are sent to the centre because their parents believe they spend too much time on the internet. Mr Tao defines an internet addict as anyone who is on the internet for at least six hours a day and has little interest in school.


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Technology addiction among young people is having a disruptive effect on their learning, researchers have warned.
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It's become a daily ritual for millions, but what happens when you deactivate your Facebook account and go cold turkey? Caroline Hocking - a self-confessed obsessive - finds out.


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A survey of 16 to 24 year olds has found that 75% of them feel they "couldn't live" without the internet.
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Parents fear their daughters are becoming addicted to social networking sites, a girls' school leader says.
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A South Korean couple who were addicted to the internet let their three-month-old baby starve to death while raising a virtual daughter online, police said.


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The first involves barring online gaming access to young people of school age between 12am (midnight) and 8am. The other policy suggests slowing down people's internet connections after they have been logged on to certain games for a long period of time.


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Alcohol is more harmful than heroin or crack when the overall dangers to the individual and society are considered, according to a study in the Lancet.


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African-American and Latino adults in the US who use the internet are twice as likely as whites to use the website Twitter, a survey has found. ... Minority groups visit the site more because they are younger and use mobile technology more often.


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Panorama reporter Raphael Rowe meets a mother who cut off her internet connection at home because she was worried about the amount of time her 19-year-old son was spending playing computer games.


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A simple life form known as a slime mould, used in unconventional computing, seems to have a taste for sedatives.


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Manipulating memories of drug use may help reformed addicts avoid a return to a life of drug abuse, according to scientists in China.


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Since the 1960s a disparate group of scientists and former drug addicts have been advocating a radical treatment for addiction - a hallucinogen called ibogaine, derived from an African plant, that in some cases seems to obliterate withdrawal symptoms from heroin, cocaine and alcohol. So why isn't it widely used?


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