How Depressives Surf the Web
Posted in: Internet Use/New Technologies at 18/06/2012 14:12
In what way do you spend your time online? Do you check your e-mail compulsively? Watch lots of videos? Switch frequently among multiple Internet applications -- from games to file downloads to chat rooms?
We believe that your pattern of Internet use says something about you. Specifically, our research suggests it can offer clues to your mental well-being.
Internet usage patterns may signal depression, study finds
The amount and type of online activity Internet users exhibit may be indicators of depression, findings a group of researchers hopes will lead to software tools to help identify depressive behavior.
People who showed symptoms of depression tended to use the Internet differently than those who didn't show signs of depression, researchers said in a New York Times opinion piece today. Some of that behavior included obsessively checking e-mail, watching lots of videos, and switching frequently among multiple apps, according to a new study by researchers from the Missouri University of Science and Technology.
Online Activity Can Signal Depression, Study Says
Online activity -- the amount and type -- can reflect whether or not you are depressed, according to a new study by researchers from the Missouri University of Science and Technology.
Want to know if you qualify for a trip to the counselor's office? The New York Times has published results from the study.