New Study Links Computer Usage & Mental Disorders

A new study confirms what we kind of suspected all along — being online 24/7 is not good for you. As in your mental health.

As reported by CBS Charlotte, researchers at the University of Gothenberg found a connection between constant use of a computer and mobile phone can end up experiencing sleep disorders, stress, and depression. Subjects from 20 to 24 years-old were studied for a year.

Sara Thomee, leader of the study, explained, “High quantitative use was a central link between computer use and stress, sleep disturbances, and depression, described by the young adults.”

Plus, as we can probably relate to the subjects, Thomee indicated it was easy for subjects to spend more time than planned in front of the computer whether this meant they were working, gaming or simply chatting. This “tended to lead to time pressure, neglect of other activities and personal needs.” It also resulted in “bad ergonomics and mental overload.”

Plus, results showed a connection between stress levels and being available 24/7. She described:

“Demands for availability originated not only from work and the social network, but also from the individual’s own ambitions or desires. This resulted in disturbances when busy or resting, the feeling of never being free, and difficulties separating work and private life. Unreturned calls or messages led to overload and feelings of guilt.”

So, now that it’s been proven, what can we do about it? Thomee suggested setting a limit of time for computer and cell phone use. Plus, it would be helpful to limit your own demands on availability.