Not all doom and gloom: Internet use and depression

Author(s) :Einar B. Thorsteinsson

The good and bad of Internet use such as its effects on depression need to be examined over a period of time. Does the use of social media on the Internet affect depression over time and then in what way?

In E. Thorsteinsson’s and L. Davey’s longitudinal study, University of New England, Australia, published in Open Journal of Depression 2014 vol.3

by Scientific Research Publishing.

A pilot study examining changes over a 12 month period suggests that social media is not a predictor of depression in adolescents but the reverse; it helped reduce depression over time. The results also suggested that high social support levels, use of social networking and instant messaging helps reduce any increases in compulsive Internet use. Several studies are now being conducted by this research team to follow up on these findings.


Journal: Open Journal of Depression
DOI: 10.4236/ojd.2014.31005 (PDF)
Paper Id: 42594 (metadata)

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