Internet Addiction Spins Web of Depression

People Who Use the Internet Excessively May Be More Likely to Suffer Depression, Study Finds
By Bill Hendrick
WebMD Health News
Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD

Feb. 4, 2010 — Internet users who are compulsive about going online and have more social interactions in virtual worlds than the real one may be depressed, according to a new study.

Some Internet users retreat from real-life interaction and opt for chat rooms and social networking sites, and this can have an adverse effect on mental health, researchers say in the Feb. 10 issue of Psychopathology.

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Morrison, C.M., Gore, H. (2010)

The Relationship between Excessive Internet Use and Depression: A Questionnaire-Based Study of 1,319 Young People and Adults  [Abstract] Psychopathology 43, 2, 121-126.

 

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