Depressed? Blame The Internet!

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Happy Friday: The Internet might be making you depressed, according to a new study.

This might not sound surprising to anyone who sits in front of a computer all day (see: Office Space.)

However, Missouri University of Science and Technology researchers are among the first to show a direct correlation between being super sad and file sharing, e-mailing, and chatting.

They determined that the more users participate in these activities, the more depressed they are likely to be.

The Missouri research, conducted by monitoring the network use of 216 sample students, did not find any connection between streaming media and HTTP traffic and mental health concerns, though.

Now, this is not the first time that modernity and misery have been linked.

Japanese scientists determined that sitting in front of a computer screen for "five hours a day can dramatically increase the risk of depression and insomnia".

But don't worry too much: apparently, these symptoms can now also be detected by the computers that cause them.

(H/T TorrentFreak)

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johnnytorrent
johnnytorrent

You have it all twisted,they said depressed people are more likely to engage in these behaviors not the other way around.

Michijo
Michijo

Doesn't surprise me. I have for some time considered the Internet merely a new source of animosity and hate in American society. Also it is a bold usurper of all forms of art, including books, music, and graphics. Since it comes from the damn military, you can imagine it is no good. I also read a theory that it causes power-users to develop something akin to Asperger's Syndrome. I suspect it also of engendering real life extremism. Religious nuts may become psyched up online before taking their idiocy to the streets.

Robyn26
Robyn26

I agree that sitting in front of the computer can increase depression.  I am reading a really good book right now called,  "Being You: How To Live Authentically"by Gerard M. Doyle."  This book will help you develop the ability to live authentically through a continuous process of emotional and mental growth—an innate capacity for coming into being that can only be realized through your own action.  http://www.adaptivefreedom.com...

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