Is there a correlation between internet usage and depression?

By Jamie Lewis

A recent study at the Missouri University of Science and Technology found that students were more likely to use the internet, file-share and send emails when they were feeling blue – going as far to say it could be an indicator of depression.

Researchers from the university hope to use this study to help diagnose depression in the future with cost-effective, in-home monitoring software. But could data from online activity really point to a dip in mental health when people use the internet for a wealth of different reasons?

The students involved were asked to take tests which determined whether they showed signs of depression, the researchers then correlated those results with a month’s worth of internet data collected at random.

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The team concluded that those who did suffer with their mental health were more likely to play games, email and chat online. >


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