Is the internet bad for your health? According to a study published online in Pediatrics, too much internet use can be harmful. The study, which examined the online activities of 7,200 adolescents, found that two or more hours of internet use per day was associated with depression and some somatic issues. Interestingly, however, another study found that little to no internet use was also associated with depression. Pierre-André Michaud, MD, of the Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine in Lausanne, Switzerland, and colleagues, cautioned that while internet use is normal practice among adolescents, physicians should be aware of the risks of too much time online.
It would seem to me that too much internet use is possibly an indicator of a lack of physical activity and in-person social interaction, both of which have been associated with depression. Could it also be that, with the plethora of online social network sites and the prevalence of adolescent utilization of these services, not being online “at all” could be a sign of social detachment similarly resulting in depression?
Click here to read an article from Medpage Today that discusses this study more.