Excessive Internet Use Leads To Depression


Wed, Feb 3rd, 2010 13:53 by capnasty NEWS

According to British scientists, excessive internet usage can lead to depression. Reportedly, "internet addicts" spent a tremendous amount of time visiting porn, gaming, and online community sites, and as a result showed higher than average levels of depression.

By comparing the scale of depression within this group to that within a group of 18 non-addicted internet users – again of a mean age of 18.3 years and made up of 13 males and five females – researchers found the internet addicts had a higher incidence of moderate to severe depression than non-addicts.

They also discovered that addicts spent proportionately more time browsing sexually gratifying websites, online gaming sites and online communities.

"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," Morrison said.



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