Excessive internet use is linked to depression

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Excessive internet use is linked to depression

Post by Parsa » Thu Feb 04, 2010 10:42 am

People who spend a lot of time browsing the net are more likely to show depressive symptoms, according to the first large-scale study of its kind in the West by University of Leeds psychologists.
1300+ sample size! You can see the full PR here.

What do you guys think?!
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Post by escapee » Thu Feb 04, 2010 10:54 am

I think that people who are depressed are more likely to surf the net....

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Post by miriam » Thu Feb 04, 2010 1:28 pm

Lack of physical activity is associated with depression, as is lack of mastery, social engagement etc. All of those things seem to be likely if the person is spending loads of time on the internet...

They have a corrolation not causality. As they say "Our research indicates that excessive internet use is associated with depression, but what we don't know is which comes first - are depressed people drawn to the internet or does the internet cause depression?"

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Post by DrFurbs » Thu Feb 04, 2010 3:23 pm

...I must be suicidal then...past that, maybe im dead.


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Post by Gilly » Thu Feb 04, 2010 11:30 pm

miriam wrote: They have a corrolation not causality.....
as a statistics lecturer once shouted, CORRELATION DOES NOT IMPLY CAUSATION!!!

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Post by Parsa » Fri Feb 05, 2010 4:31 am

Very true. That's always important to remember :)

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Post by secret squirrel » Fri Feb 05, 2010 10:24 pm

I have shouted this at the paper on many occasions.

It is yet to listen.

(or thankfully, answer back...)

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Post by Campion » Sat Feb 06, 2010 12:34 am

I think we all know by now how the Daily Wail, the Stun and the Daily Excess will treat this story if they pick it up, I mean come on, does anyone expect them to actually care about the difference between cause and association when they can instead shift papers by selling the parents of teenagers something new to panic about?

Still I hadn't expected this headline from the Nursing Times, who I think should know better...

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