10% of Students May Spend Too Much Time Online

Internet dependence can lead to missed classes and social isolation, study says

After three semesters of solid academic work, Scott did so poorly at the end of his sophomore year at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute that he flunked out. Just before he left, in the spring of 1998, he visited the counseling center to talk about problems he had been experiencing: he was often depressed, missed classes, clashed with his parents, and was losing sleep.

Eventually, Keith J. Anderson, a