What if your computer could tell you when you need to seek mental health help? It may not be too far off. Bailey Mosier uncovers a study that says there is a link between our online browsing habits and our mental health.
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What if you’re computer or cell phone could tell you that you may need some mental health help? Sounds a bit far-fetched, doesn’t it? Well not according to some recent research, that says we might be able to diagnose depression based simply on how we surf the web.
Researchers from Missouri University of Science and Technology asked 216 college students to fill out surveys that contained several questions designed to ferret out depression symptoms. The researchers then scrutinized study volunteers’ Internet use by monitoring what they did each time they logged on to the university server.
Those who were depressed used the internet differently than others, spending more time chatting online and file-sharing, for example. Researchers say tracking people’s online behavior may serve as an early warning system that they’re becoming depressed.
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