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Excessive use of internet linked to depression, sleeplessness: Study

Excessive use of the internet can lead you to depression and sleeplessness, say researchers from Shantou University Medical College, China. The study was published in the International Journal of Environment Research and Public Health.

A group of 1661 adolescents aged 13-17 years from several schools across the country participated in the study. Questions based on the duration of internet use on a weekly and or daily basis, effect of internet use on their lives, its effects on their health, school performance and family relationships, were asked in the group. 

It was found that sleeplessness, depressive symptoms and problematic use of the internet correlated significantly with each other. 54.4% students were identified with depressive symptoms, while 40% students were identified as having sleep disturbances. The average number of hours that each student was engaged online was five hours or more.

The study also showed problematic use of internet had negative effects on the physical health, academic performance and family relationships of the adolescents. Click here for the full study.