has shown that the pattern of your Internet use can give some clues to your
mental well-being. Your way of spending time online, types of videos you watch,
checking your email obsessively suggests the condition of your mental health.
Switching frequently among various Internet applications like file downloading
to games to chat rooms can give some idea about your state of mind. In a study
of IEEE Technology and Society Magazine it is found that there is a difference between the Internet use of a
student who has signs of depression and a student who has no symptoms of
Year, 216 undergraduate volunteers were recruited at Missouri University of
Science and Technology. In the first step, there is a questionnaire for the
participants called Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale which is
generally used to measure the level of depression in general people. It is
shown from the survey that 30 percent of the participants have the symptoms of
this study we can estimate that 10 to 40 percent of college students experience
such symptoms at some point. Next, the campus Internet usage data for the
participants was provided by the Information Technology Department of the
University. It was not for sneaking whom the students were e-mailing or what
they are looking for in the Internet, it was only for checking how they were
using the Internet. The information was gathered by the traffic flow collected
by the University at the time of troubleshooting network connections.
when the statistical analysis of the Internet usage data and the depression
scores was conducted, two major findings
were there. Firstly, it was discovered that the participants who scored high in the depression meter follows a
particular trend like high level of sharing files such as movies and music.
Secondly, it was noticed that, there is a difference between the style of
Internet using among the participants with depression and the participants
without depression. For example, there
was a frequent using of emails by the participants with depressive symptoms
that indicates high level of anxiety. It was researched by the great
psychologists Phyllis Schumacher and Janet Morahan-Martin.
Excessively switching among the Internet Applications
like games, e-mails and chat rooms indicates the difficulty in concentrating
which is a very common depression symptom among students. There are some other
characteristic features that show depressive Internet behavior such as high level of gaming, video watching and
practical application of this research is to develop a software application that could be installed in the
mobile devices or in the home computers to
monitor your Internet usage. It will be a cost effective way to understand
your mental state and seek medical help as soon as possible because when your
Internet usage pattern signals signs of depression it will give you an alert.
It will be a great help for the student counselors to understand the depressive behaviors of the students, if this type
of software is used at the universities. Medical Science is trying so hard in
finding solutions for the mental health problems in young people and I think
monitoring Internet usage will be a great help for them.
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