Excessive Teen Internet Usage Linked to Sleep Deprivation, Depression

A new study indicates teenagers who log on too frequently could be prone to depression, and the cause of that depression is most likely sleep deprivation.

The study, mentioned in an article in the New York Daily News this week, was conducted in China.  It looked at 1,041 teens between 13 and 18 in Guangzhou, China who were not depressed at the start of the research. When they were assessed nine months later, 84 of the teens were suffering from depression.

Those who used the Internet to excess were most vulnerable to depression.

Researchers conducting the study pointed to sleep deprivation as the cause, saying individuals who spend so much time on the computer are not likely sleeping enough.  It’s been well documented that lack of sleep causes depression.

For more, read the NY Daily News article.