• Depression and the internetDownload .TXT file Open in Data Desk ?Link
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  • 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
  • Story:

    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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