Internet addicts more likely to develop depression

Teenagers who spend excessive amounts of time on the Internet are one and a half times more likely to develop depression than moderate web users, a study in China has found.Researcher Lawrence Lam described some of the signs of excessive use spending at least five to more than 10 hours a day on the web, agitation when the teens is not in front of the computer and loss of interest in social interaction. see:Is your internet addiction ruining your holiday? [Relaxnews]
We live in a wonderful world where our loved ones are just a few keystrokes away and where international businesses can be run from behind a computer screen, but when it comes time to switch off our laptops and disconnect our phones for a long-earned holiday most of us feel like we simply can’t live without our gadgets and a reliable internet connection.A survey released by Expedia Inc. on August 2 found that only 15 percent of Australians could restrain themselves from using the internet when on holiday. Internet addicts more likely to get the blues: study [AFP]
Teenagers who are “addicted” to the Internet are more than twice as likely to become depressed than those who surf the Web in a more controlled manner, a study published Monday found.For the study, published in the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, 1,041 teens from Guangzhou in southeastern China completed a questionnaire to identify whether they used the Internet in a pathological way, and were assessed for anxiety and depression.

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