Internet Addiction Could Lead to Mental Health Problems Like Depression, ADHD

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A recent survey has found out that those people who are addicted to the internet or use internet frequently could develop other mental health problems like depression, anxiety or ADHD.

In order to reach the findings, the researchers from the McCaster University, Canada analysed the usage of internet among college students. The researchers analysed this with the help of two tests, one, the Internet Addiction Test (IAT), which was developed in 1998 and the other, a new scaled which they developed themselves by evaluating the current internet usage pattern among people.

Commenting on the findings, leading researcher of the study, Michael Van in a statement said, ““Internet use has changed radically over the last 18 years, through more people working online, media streaming, social media, etc. We were concerned that the IAT questionnaire may not have been picking up on problematic modern internet use, or showing up false positives for people who were simply using the internet rather than being over-reliant on it.”

The researchers then evaluated the internet usage of around 254 college students and correlated the results of their general mental health with the extent of their internet usage. The researchers found out that according to the first test, around 33 students suffered from internet addiction, however, according to the new test, the number of the student addicted to internet increased to 107.

The researchers also tested the students on how usage of internet was affecting the mental health of the students. The tests were mainly concentrated on mental health problems like depression, anxiety, inattention, ADHD, impulsiveness and executive functioning.

After observation, the researchers reached a conclusion that those students who were screened positive for internet addiction in both that tests had more trouble in dealing with day-to-day activities.

“Individuals with internet addiction also had significantly higher amounts of depression and anxiety symptoms, problems with planning and time management, greater levels of attentional impulsivity as well as ADHD symptoms,” Van added.

The findings of the study were presented at the 29th European College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ECNP) conference in Vienna.

Source: medicaldaily

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