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Study links excessive internet use to depression – News, Gadgets & Tech – The Independent

February 3, 2010

There is growing awareness that anxiety and depression are a significant health problem. This awareness is emerging out from under a cloud of denial that was (and is still being) held in place by one the hand the stiff upper lip attitude – “if you allow your emotions to show you are being inappropriate and weak” and on the other the false happy brigade including religious nuts and self-help quacks – “to attract success/happiness you must project success/happiness”.

It’s about time that we collectively acknowledge the truth: depression and anxiety are endemic in our societies (if you can access the Internet to read this, I include you in “our”). Recent media campaigns (by Mind) have helped the cause by featuring prominent individuals talking about their experience of mental illness . However, instead of the flourishing of an open debate on why we are prone to these diseases, the witch-hunt for “causes” is now on:

People who spend a lot of time surfing the internet are more likely to show signs of depression, British scientists said today.But it is not clear whether the internet causes depression or whether depressed people are drawn to it.

via Study links excessive internet use to depression – News, Gadgets & Tech – The Independent.

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