Spending lots of time online can make you mentally ill

English: PET scan of a normal human brain

A Swedish study claims that always being online will help you to develop mental illness. The study might sound very interesting to you before you read about it, and its likely to sound boring to the point where you’d call it “common sense” after you find out what the study has to say.

There is a big correlation between internet addiction and problems such as stress, depression, and sleep disturbances. Most studies I read about teach me something new, but this one didn’t. I thought that maybe the radiation from computers or WiFi made it more likely you’d develop schizophrenia or Alzheimer’s (not to say that it doesn’t!). A more more enjoyable mention of this study can be found at Web Pro News. The link between online addiction and impulsiveness and procrastination is easy to understand. People who spend way too much time on the internet without any good reason were probably a little messed up to begin with, or if we lived in a world without the internet some other kind of unhealthy habit might take its place.

English: PET scan of a human brain with Alzhei...

English: PET scan of a human brain with Alzheimer’s disease (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The ongoing development of technology helps make workers more productive, and at the same time it helps many of us become lazier in our own personal lives. You can figure that people who are impulsive and lazy will on average be more prone to depression and insecurity. One thing the study didn’t mention is that internet addicts and video game enthusiasts don’t get any thinner from their lifestyles. There are a lot of skinny nerds out there, but if you’re fat it doesn’t help to overuse such technology. Fat people should stop taking the easy way out so much, but who’s going to motivate them? If you love anyone who is overweight show them some love and get them off the couch. Being morbidly obese makes you seem a little bit insane (Why do they let themselves end up like that?)

There is a possible link between too much belly fat and Alzheimer’s Disease.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003406610247 Janet

    I have a 21 year old who has struggled in ceollge now for the last 4 years. After attending UMBC in Maryland out of High School he was asked not to return since he failed every class except 1. Since then, he has been forced to pay his own way, yet he will still sit up to 4 or 5 in the morning, put only enough effort into his work to get it done, and sleep until its time to get up an do it all over again. There suggestion of doing something else elicits anger. I once cut the cable off and he looked like a junky trying to figure out a way to get it turned back on, even though he didn’t have the money to pay for it. Oh, by the way the games are just fun, so they play it alot . Really? I’m betting you’re a gamer, because that would be the exact thing they would say. However, it’s not always fun. These kids find themselves disconnected from real life, little or no friends to hang out with, no money and families they eventually don’t get along with, that includes possible spouses. I don’t care what the Clinicians say. Anything that controls your life so completely that it has a negative impact on the more normal behaviors of a relatively normal member of society has to be an addition