STATES CHRONICLE – According to Canadian researchers, the increasing use of the Internet can cause mental health issues.The scientists used, besides other criteria, a certain tool to prove the Internet addiction called the Internet Addiction Test (IAT). Because more and more people depend on the use of Internet while working, researchers like Dr. Michael Van Ameringen speaks for the scientists who are concerned with this problem.
Through this study, they differentiate between people who use the Internet in an excessive way for their personal modern use from those who are using the Internet as a working tool.
During the study a number of students from McMaster University in Ontario were tested. The scientists’ study showed that 33 of them were Internet addicts and 107 students were having issues with the excessive use of the Internet. Dr. Michael Van Ameringen also observed the students’ state of mental health. After the evaluation, the scientist and his team reached to the conclusion that most of the students who were addicted to the Internet had issues with the immoderate use of the social media sites.
Those who were affected by the addiction to the Internet had problems when covering their routines. They also showed that they are more exposed to depression and impulsiveness. Time management also appeared to be a problem difficult to handle.
Another specialist, Dr. Jan Buitelaar, professor of psychiatry at Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Center argues that using the Internet too much can lead to a compulsive attitude. He claims that the unrestrained use of the Internet can hide, what psychiatrists call, severe psychopathology.
Dr. Michael Van Ameringen’s study is planned to be presented at the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology’s annual meeting. The study and the results need to be considered exploratory until they become published. The scientist who conducted the IAC study conveys that a further study should be considered, where the scientists can prove if the excessively use of the Internet is either a cause or a result of mental health illnesses.
After finding out all these data, what do you think it’s best for you? Getting a stroll in the park and feeling the smell of the rain while reading a good book or spending hours browsing different social media sites, without even realizing the passage of time? Think about it. It’s your mental health that matters.
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