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Excessive use of Internet can lead to mental health issues: Study

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Excessive use of Internet can lead to mental health issues: Study

WashingtonD.C. [USA], Sept. 20 (ANI): A recent survey at the McMaster University in Canada found that people, who use internet for an excessive span of time in a day can develop more mental health problems.

Researchers used two scales to analyze internet usage among college students. First one was the Internet Addiction Test (IAT) developed in 1998 before the widespread use of smartphones and a new scale based on current internet usage patterns.

Chief researcher Michael Van Ameringen said, "Internet use has changed radically over the last 18 years, through more people working online, media streaming, social media, etc."

Adding, "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."

Researchers studied internet usage of 254 students and correlated the results with their general mental health.

Based on their results in the IAT, 33 students suffered from internet addiction but based on the new scale, the number went up to 107.

Scientists also administered self-reported tests to study how internet usage affects the students' mental health.

The tests focused on illnesses like depression and anxiety, impulsiveness, inattention and executive functioning, and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

Researchers found that students who screened positive for internet addiction on both scales had more trouble in dealing with everyday 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 Ameringen said.

He added that the survey indicates the prevalence of internet addiction might be grossly underestimated.

However, it does not prove if the mental health issues are a consequence of internet addiction.

"This may have practical medical implications. If you are trying to treat someone for an addiction when in fact they are anxious or depressed, then you may be going down the wrong route. We need to understand this more, so we need a bigger sample, drawn from a wider, more varied population," Van Ameringen said.

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

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