HULU TERENGGANU — Dec. 15, 2017: A three-phase study by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) from 2010 has shown addiction for the internet among Malaysians reaching an alarming rate.
In the first phase covering 725 respondents, 89 per cent were found to be addicted. In addition 60 per cent showed elevated levels of anxiety and 32 per cent major depression.
This study is conducted in collaboration with the International Medical University and Heriot-Watt University Malaysia and is now moving onto the second phase, said Deputy Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Jailani Johari at a press here.
Bernama quotes Jailani as saying that from 2015 the government had been working with the Education Ministry to train 34 school counsellors for the implementation of intervention module and programmes in some schools in the country as a measure to control the addiction.
This includes the development of intervention modules in addressing internet gaming and pornography addiction.
A total of 24.1 million Malaysians use the internet for a variety of reasons.
Eighty per cent use it for social media access with an average usage of over four hours a day and 76.1 per cent are people aged between 20 and 49 years.