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British youngsters have become so addicted to the internet that they will relieve themselves into bottles rather than step away from their screens to visit the lav, reports the, er, Sun.

It is online multiplayer games such as World Of Warcraft that are coming between children and the toilet, with addictive game play encouraging these unsavoury bottle-peeing habits.

The revelation comes from Professor Tanya Byron in the second part of The Sun's searing look at childhood in modern Britain.

Drawing on her experience as a clinical psychologist, Bryon, who is a Professor of the Public Understanding of Science at Edge Hill University, cites several cases from her own practice of (male) youngsters who would rather store bottles of their own urine under their tables and continue gaming than leave their computer and go to the toilet.

"I've worked with kids who will urinate in a bottle in their room, rather than leave the screen," she writes.

Elaborating on the dangers of World of Warcraft, Byron also mentions kids who will wake up in the middle of the night to compete in international games. She writes:

We know there are young males who play Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games (MMORPGs), such as World Of Warcraft, and who, if part of an international guild, will set their alarm and get up at three in the morning to play.

Sleep is disturbed in order to engage in an overly dominant online life, and this has an impact on their offline life — going to school, staying awake and concentration.

Will desk-pee-bottles become standard practice as the new generation grows up and moves into the workplace? We hope not. ®

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