Monday, May 21, 2012

Depressed people spend more time chatting online:Study


According to a new study, which followed 216 college students, monitored their actual Internet use and correlated certain patterns with higher scores on depression surveys. This theory revealed that people who are mentally depressed spend more time chatting online than the normal ones.

Depressed people use the Internet differently than others, spending more time chatting online and file sharing.

For the study Sriram Chellappan , an assistant professor of computer science at Missouri University of Science and Technology and his colleagues asked volunteers to fill out surveys that contained some questions designed to ferret out depression symptoms. The questions were asked in such a way that students wouldn't realize that the researchers were interested in depression levels, Chellappan said.


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