Science: Internet Use Increases Depression

02.03.10 Cajun Boy

3289706 A new study by science suggests that the more time someone spends on the internet, the more they’re likely to be depressed. Apparently cat videos and rampant free pornography aren’t all that good for the human psyche. Who knew?!

Now, it should be noted that the British scientists who conducted the study have no way of knowing “whether using the internet causes mental health problems, or whether people with mental health problems are drawn to the internet.”

Reports the Yorkshire Evening Post:

Study leader Dr Catriona Morrison, from the Institute of Psychological Sciences at the University of Leeds, said: “The internet now plays a huge part in modern life, but its benefits are accompanied by a darker side.”

The scientists employed the internet to carry out their research.

An online questionnaire was used to assess levels of internet dependency and depression in 1,319 individuals ranging in age from 16 to 51.

In general, the longer people spent online the more depressed they tended to be, the scientists found.

“There was a high correspondence between the amount of time spent on the internet and levels of depression,” said Dr Morrison. “If you look at how dependent people feel they are on the internet that is likely to correspond with how happy or sad they feel.”

Her team identified a small group of 18 hard-core internet users who spent many hours online each day and were classed as “internet addicted”.

Their average depression score was more than five times higher than that of non-addicted users, and they were more likely to be moderately or severely depressed.

You know what depresses me as someone who spends an average of ten hours per day on the internet? This freaking study, that’s what!