- Depression and the internetDownload .TXT file Open in Data Desk ?Link
- Source: "Internet paradox. A social technology that reduces social involvement and psychological well-being?", Kraut R1, Patterson M, Lundmark V, Kiesler S, Mukopadhyay T, Scherlis W., Am Psychol. 1998 Sep;53(9):1017-31.
- Number of Cases: 169
The September 1998 issue of the American T
Psychologist published an article by Kraut et al. that
reported on an experiment examining “the social and
psychological impact of the Internet on 169 people in
73 households during their first 1 to 2 years online.” In the
experiment, 73 households were offered free Internet access
for 1 or 2 years in return for allowing their time and activity
online to be tracked. The members of the households who
participated in the study were also given a battery of tests
at the beginning and again at the end of the study. The
conclusion of the study made news headlines: Those who
spent more time online tended to be more depressed at the
end of the experiment.
The news reports about this study clearly concluded that
using the Internet causes depression. Is such a conclusion warranted?
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