Internet Use and Depression Linked

At the risk of becoming depressed, here’s a report from the Yorkshire Evening Post on a British study tying internet use and depression (if you watched Doug Rushkoff’s excellent Frontline documentary ‘Digital Nation’ this news won’t be in the least bit surprising):

A “dark side” to the internet suggests a strong link between time spent surfing the web and depression, say psychologists. British scientists found that the longer people spent online, the less likely they were to be happy.

A small group of the worst affected individuals were both depressed and addicted. But it was not clear whether using the internet causes mental health problems, or whether people with mental health problems are drawn to the internet.

More work is needed to answer this “chicken and egg” question, say the researchers.

Study leader Dr Catriona Morrison, from the Institute of Psychological Sciences at the University of Leeds, said: “The internet now plays a huge part in modern life, but its benefits are accompanied by a darker side.”…

[continues in the Yorkshire Evening Post]

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  • disdisinfo??

    Maybe its because the only shred of truth in their lives is found on the internet. the truth is very depressing. ever think of that doctors and phds? maybe you shouldnt be a doctor if that answer isnt obvious. fucking morons.

  • Kevin

    reading this article online is totally making me depressed….

  • PsyOps

    Society is insane. People in society use the internet. Therefore, people who use the internet are insane.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/PDDVWRQVUPMKRGHURIEQVNYWHQ Sean

    it is most likely that increased internet use and depression are symptoms not cause and effect.

  • Guest

    According to my opinion, internet can make someone addicted or depressed as well.it is depend on person to person.

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    According to my opinion, internet can make someone addicted or depressed as well.it is depend on person to person.

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