When you get up from your computer…ever feel drained, sluggish…depressed?
According to the study published in the journal, Psychopathology, there is a direct link between excessive internet usage and depression.
A team at the University of Leeds conducted the study via an online questionnaire on participants ranging from ages 16-51 with an average age of 21 years. The findings focused on a small group of participants that have developed an addiction to the internet and, as a result, have created a virtual social life rather than participating in the real world.
Lead author Dr Catriona Morrison states, “Our research indicates that 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?”
“This study reinforces the public speculation that over-engaging in Web sites that serve to replace normal social function might be linked to psychological disorders like depression and addiction,” Morrison said. “Now we need to investigate the nature of that relationship and consider the issue of causation.”
…So Basically…regardless if one considers themselves an “internet addict” or not, it is safe to assume that it is not healthy to sit and stare at a box (tv or computer) for the majority of your day…so please get up…walk around…breathe some fresh air…and talk to someone face to face.