Anglican Samizdat

February 3, 2010

Internet addiction can cause depression

Filed under: Computers — David Jenkins @ 9:31 am

So turn your computer off now:

There is a strong link between heavy internet use and depression, UK psychologists have said.

The study, reported in the journal Psychopathology, found 1.2% of people surveyed were “internet addicts”, and many of these were depressed.

The Leeds University team stressed they could not say one necessarily caused the other, and that most internet users did not suffer mental health problems.

The conclusions were based on 1,319 responses to an on-line questionnaire.

At least this explains some of the comments I get here.



  1. This is very depressing.

    Comment by Warren — February 3, 2010 @ 12:47 pm

  2. It is. Fortunately I can stop any time I want. The twitching and dribbling subsides after about a month.

    Comment by David — February 3, 2010 @ 1:34 pm

  3. Yes, we can quit. But what we need is an internet anonymous.
    I volunteer to start one. Anyone interested?
    But please, not all at once !!

    Comment by Erwin Lange — February 3, 2010 @ 2:57 pm

  4. Bit of a problem here, though? Yes? If I’d not been online, I would not have seen this, so I might have not known this, and gone online; but if I had – as I have – I would have/had seen this – like I have – so I think I’d just better

    Comment by electronicresources — February 5, 2010 @ 9:30 am

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