Monday, August 30, 2010


(HealthDay News) - Teens who spend far too much time on the Internet run the risk of developing depression, a new Australian study suggests. Pathological Internet use has been linked with relationship problems, health problems, aggressive behavior and other psychiatric symptoms, they added. “Parents should be vigilant about their children’s online behavior,” said lead researcher Lawrence T. Lam, from the School of Medicine, Sydney, and the University of Notre Dame Australia. “Should there be any concern about young people involving problematic Internet-use behavior, professional help should be sought immediately.” This sort of behavior may be a manifestation of some underlying problems that are more insidious, Lam said. For the study, Lam and his colleague Zi-Wen Peng, from SunYat-Sen University in Guangzhou, China, collected data on pathological Internet use among 1,041 Chinese teens aged 13 to 18. At the start of the study, the researchers classified 6.2 percent of the teens as having a moderately pathological Internet problem and 0.2 percent as seriously at risk. Nine months later, the teens were reassessed for depression and anxiety. The researchers found 0.2 percent had symptoms of anxiety and 8.4 percent had become depressed.

Michael Gilbert, a senior fellow at the Center for the Digital Future at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication, said that one factor to the link between overuse of the Internet and psychological problems like depression may be that the Internet is actually isolating and alienating. “Parents are indicating to us that a lot of their children’s friendship circles are contracting by reason of the fact they are spending too much time on the Internet,” he said. “This ties in generally with the notion that Internet behavior is becoming disruptive in the family.” Spending too much time on the Internet is a so-called “process addiction”, Gilbert said.

Yes, spending too much time on the web is not good. Technology changes, but questions remain unanswered: those adolescents who were depressed, were they at risk of depression before became addicted to the Internet, or not?. Were they also at risk for other addictive behaviors? Were they finding the answers to their internal search? Parents should respond.

Most people prefer entertainment to studying, so storytelling is a great way to make learning fun. We see even today that people love to go to the movies, rent DVDs, or watch television shows. The recitation of the Puranas was as good as watching television, but even more effective since it involved the hearing process. ... Sadly, in today’s society, almost no one is interested in hearing about these great texts. ... It is unfortunate that so many have taken to watching debauchery on television and the internet. Video websites are very popular these days, with people performing mindless acts on camera so that they can put their videos online and receive millions of views. People have fallen victim to such forms of entertainment because of the lack of leadership in their government. ... The leaders themselves are unaware of the real purpose of human life, which is to become God conscious.

Krishna' - Jai Shri Krishna :
“Puranic Recitation” - Posted on November 17, 2009

1 comment:

Haldirect said...

Did the researchers take into account that the participants had something in common besides their pathological Internet use? For instance, they were all Chinese!

I mean, not to disparage an entire country, but these kids probably grew up playing with toys that were covered with lead paint, if they could afford toys at all. That’s pretty sad. Plus, they’re like one of the few remaining Communist nations on Earth. Do you know how sad it must be to be among the last of your species? And, most depressing of all, I understand that they cannot get General Tso’s chicken in their country! That’s right–they exported it all to America!

So how can they blame the eternal sadness of the online mind solely on the Internet?

Of course, the bright side of Web weepiness is that you’re online anyway, so it’s easy to get Zoloft or Paxil from one of those Canadian pharmacies that are always sending me e-mail. (more at