Constantly Online? Mental Problems Await
Computer, cell phone use can lead to depression
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 22, 2012 5:40 PM CDT
Constantly sitting at your computer is not great for your mental health, says a Swedish study.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Reading this could be dangerous for your mental health—if you've already been online for a while. Swedish researchers studied more than 4,100 men and women in their early 20s, and found that most of the ones constantly glued to computers and cell phones were prone to depression, sleeping disorders, and stress, CBS Charlotte reports. “It was easy to spend more time than planned at the computer," said lead author Sara Thomee.

Extended computer use "tended to lead to time pressure, neglect of other activities and personal needs (such as social interaction, sleep, physical activity), as well as bad ergonomics, and mental overload," said Thomee. Heavy cell phone use is no better, because it makes you feel trapped and muddles your work life and private life. Thomee's advice: set strict time limits on your cell phone and computer use, and when the time's up, go live your life.

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Jul 28, 2012 3:38 AM CDT
This sounds like "which came first the chicken or the egg"
Jul 24, 2012 11:05 AM CDT
This is so true. I have a desktop and windows phone. I go back to back everyday. Play games on my computer and web search while I text, YouTube, email, and what not on my phone. Just recently I decided to go exercise at least once a day and trying to have my life to full extent
Jul 23, 2012 2:27 PM CDT
Yes because 4,100 men and women represent 7 billion people