Depression Straight From The Internet

by Noc Team on August 3, 2010

Recently, it was reported by a Chinese company in a survey that excessive use of internet leads to severe depression in teenagers. The depression results from lack of sleep, lack of social interaction and continuous stress.

Chinese researchers quoted that a teenager who has continuous access of internet is more likely to suffer from depression than an average internet user.

Excessive use ranges from 5 to 10 hours a day as quoted by Researcher Lawrence Lam. Long hours in front of the screen results into an agitated behavior when the child is not in front of the computer screen. Which, as time moves forward, transforms into loss of interest in social interaction.

“Some spend more than 10 hours a day, they are really problematic users and they show signs and symptoms of addictive behavior … browsing the Internet, playing games,” said Lam, co-author of the paper which was published on Tuesday in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine.

“They can’t get their minds off the Internet, they feel agitated if they don’t get back on after a short period of being away,” the psychologist at Sydney’s University of Notre Dame’s School of Medicine said in a telephone interview.

“They don’t want to see friends, don’t want to join family gatherings, and don’t want to spend time with parents or siblings.”

A comprehensive investigation was done on around 1,041 teenagers aged between 13 and 18 years in China’s southern Guangzhou city. These kids showed no signs of depression whatsoever in the beginning but as the research moved forward phases of depression emerged.  Startlingly 84 of them ended up in depression.

“Results suggested that young people who are initially free of mental health problems but use the Internet pathologically could develop depression as a consequence,” wrote Lam, who co-authored the paper with Zi-wen Peng at the Sun Yat-Sen University’s School of Public Health in Guangzhou.

“People who spend so much time on the Internet will lose sleep and it is a very well established fact that the less one sleeps, the higher the chances of depression,” Lam said.

A new request has been made to many schools in US in order to keep a check on students for internet addiction. This way any such problem can be taken care of before a serious problem occurs anywhere.

Same should be the case with schools and colleges in Pakistan as well. Parents and teachers should keep a strict check on children of all age groups especially those with internet access. Because this problem is evident in our society as well. Parents often don’t realize the main source of the problem which eventually becomes problematic for all concerned.

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Faisal Khan September 6, 2010 at 2:13 PM

The same theory applies on computer games, and other game consoles. It is frustrating to see the lack of outdoor activity in todays youth.

Ayesha September 8, 2010 at 1:50 AM

Chinese might have discovered it recently but Wise people have already concluded the same thoery in very simple words yet applicable to all terms of life:


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