Excessive Internet Use Can Lead Teens to Depression, Withdrawal

#Depression

Sat, Aug 7th, 2010 10:00 by capnasty NEWS

Dr. John M Grohol, of World of Psychology Blog, reports on an interesting new study about "Internet addiction." The study wanted to discover whether simply using the Internet could cause depression. Researchers set to find out on Chinese teens and discovered that those who were "excessively" using the Internet at baseline were twice as vulnerable to depression than more moderate Internet users.

But Dr. Grohol notes that maybe it's not the Internet that's really causing all of these problems, since according to one of the researchers of the study, Psychologist Lawrence Lam, the depression might be a result of lack of sleep and stress from competitive online games. "People who spend so much time on the Internet will lose sleep and it is a very well established fact that the less one sleeps, the higher the chances of depression," Lam said.

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