A new study suggests depression is linked to excessive time spent on the Internet.
U.S. (WiredPRNews.com) – A new study proposes a link between excessive time spent on the web and depression. As reported by Reuters, despite the correlation, the researchers did not determine whether the Internet was a cause or contributor to depression or an attraction for those dealing with the condition.
Catriona Morrison, lead author of the study, is quoted by Reuters as writing of the research, “This study reinforces the public speculation that over-engaging in websites that serve to replace normal social function might be linked to psychological disorders like depression and addiction… This type of addictive surfing can have a serious impact on mental health.”
Morrison is further quoted as stating, “Excessive Internet use is associated with depression, but what we don’t know is which comes first — are depressed people drawn to the internet or does the internet cause depression?… What is clear is that for a small subset of people, excessive use of the Internet could be a warning signal for depressive tendencies.”
More information about the study may be available in the Psychopathology journal.
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