A US college study has suggested links between internet usage and depression. The study suggests that people with some symptoms of depression tend to spend more time in internet chat rooms and the like. What the real links are in this case I don’t know. What is clear to me is that using a computer at night for several hours or more tends to make me a little jittery. What the neurological mechanics are is beyond me. But it is clear that being isolated and having a restricted social life inevitable steers some people to longer time on the net. I suggest that this behaviour – at least in my case – is a symptom rather than a cause.
Maybe I should write the blog during the day and not at night! Who knows. The study can be seen through this link to the psych central website where a whole host of other stuff can also be found.