Internet usage patterns could signal depression

A new study shows that internet users who suffer from depression have different tendencies while online.

Researchers at the Missouri University of Science and Technology asked 216 college students to complete a questionnaire to determine whether they were depressed, and then asked further questions to examine their usage patterns online.

Some of the behaviour of users suffering from depression includes obsessively checking emails, watching lots of videos and switching frequently among multiple apps.

“This didn’t mean snooping on what the students were looking at or whom they were e-mailing; it merely meant monitoring how they were using the Internet — information about traffic flow that the university customarily collects for troubleshooting network connections and such,” the researchers said.

Source: Cnet

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