It looks like too much internet can be dangerous for your mental health. Canadian researchers discovered that people who spend too much time online are having more mental issues than those who don’t. This research could help doctors to understand better what happens to the human brain when we stay for hours in front of our computer.
Researchers used data from 254 students at McMaster University, Ontario. They managed to the study by using the Internet Addiction Test and a scale they made to make the job more effective. Scientists also studied the mental health of the students. They wanted to know if there were signs of depression or stress.
From all the students involved, 33 were believed to have an internet addiction and 107 were using it more than they should. It seems that most of them were using the computer to play video games and for social networks. They discovered that those who use the internet too much can have compulsive behaviour and other mental issues.
More research will be needed in the future, as they found only a connection between the internet and mental health. Researchers are not sure if using too much Facebook, for example, can cause you depression or stress. This could help doctors understand more when they want to treat someone for an addiction. That is why we are expecting a new study in the future, with more people involved.
We can’t say that we are surprised by the connection between internet addiction and mental health. The technology developed a lot in the last years and now people have access to websites, no matter where they are. Some of them are spending too much time online, which means they do not go out so much and they do not talk to people the way they used before.
When you are spending too many hours in front of your computer, it can be harder for you to communicate with people. This could affect your life even when you are looking for a job or when you are going out with friends. The most important thing is to try to do as many different activities as you can. Of course, spending time online gives you a lot of choices, but do not forget that life means so much more than this.
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