Internet Usage and Depression?

 
 
 

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Hellsrage
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I'm sure using the internet could cause depression but I really think it depends on what a person is using it for.

You might take for instance a teenager or even adult who uses places like Facebook frequently and well I know from my sister that Facebook can be nothing but drama at times, and if the person can't handle the sort of things people are willing to say over the internet then that could certainly lead to depression.

But I also know many people use the internet to escape when times are hard me included, when ever I'm feeling down I just go and watch YouTube.

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Not sure I'd say the internet causes depression, but I do think depressed people use the internet looking for escape.

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If I have some issues that bothers me I usually speak it out to the few that I have. A constant problem that can brings me down is my creativity, may it be bad or good, I can't make them real, the creativity itself is not the problem but to know that it can be utilized make brings me down and make me angry. To ease this issue is to talk about it. Some of the things I write down. I tell myself "Wake up, heap the head high." That how I cope with depression for instance.

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i have a small experiance in this field when i was a little younger i would never feel depressed while i'm online coz i was enjoying the internet , now i'm 31 and i don't have passion to play games like i was before i play 2-3 hours per day now and when i have nothing to do IRL i find my self just justting in my front of my PC surfing the net without any goal actually that when i get kinda depressed .

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yeah online get boring after while so useally i take walk and try eat right cus im on diet and trying own a home with my wife and that can get lil depresseing but eva since i build my first pc is addict. :)

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Logic offers a serenity humans seldom experience. The control of feelings, so that they do not control you.

I mostly don't feel the sense of depression in my mind when it comes to the Internet, but the only thing I feel so depressed about is cars due to my hearing impairment. My quality of life would have much been better off if I could live with horses, bicycles, golf carts, and pedestrians dominating the streets instead of cars.

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Yea, when you have a condition on top of everything else, it makes life more challenging for sure. Although, I find these are the people who have the largest hearts :)

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I repair and build computers for a living,and have been doing it for 17 years now. So I know what it is like to be on the internet all the time.Sometimes it does get very overwhelming since where ever i go and who ever i talk to its always about computers. But in this line of work it is to be expected, it just gets tiring sometimes not ever being able to get away from it only for one day. I do play guitar and have been since i was 15 years old. This is a great stress reliever after a hard days work.Ripping out some heavy chords and solos with the amp cranked up to 10 Oh Ya! Great Q and A video Rodney.

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Exactly, we all need some sore of hobby/escape outside our daily routines.

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I'll admit, I dedicate myself to my website and my YouTube. Being a YouTube partner, it's my only source of income as I'm 16 and just left school; awaiting college (I live in the UK). When I was climbing the ranks of YouTube (I was 13-14), I hit a minor stage of depression where I felt as though I was treating my YouTube as a job, rather than a hobby. It drew me to a deeper stage of depression, which then drew to anger and social problems. I never used to be like that; I was a really active person, really social and always looked this from a positive perspective. But then I put my foot down one day, and just started going out again with my old friends. I thought being social around people would’ve been difficult, but it turned out easier than I expected it to be. I realised how much I missed going out and being social. With music (metal, rock, punk, metalcore etc.) being a major part of my life, as well as my friends life, I see bands live once, sometimes twice a month, go hit the arcade, have a smoke, hit the beach for the day etc. – Yeah, probably not the healthiest kind of lifestyle, but it got me out of my depression. I still do my YouTube videos etc. and now that I treat it more of a hobby now, I see things from a more positive perspective. In a way, I guess you could say I got myself out of depression by realising the only way I was going to get out of being depressed was to “grab the bull by the horns” (hence the expression, no dirty pun intended :P) and get out there. So, yeah, I’m now a YouTube partner (6 months), website owner (5 years soon) and still incredibly social. I sometimes wonder how I do all of this within the space of a 15-18 hour day :P

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Good for you. First step to to recognize the problem(s) and than figure out a way to resolve it. There's only so much we can do in the run of a day, so focus on what's important and forget the rest.

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To clarify, when I was 13-14, I was aspiring to be a YouTube partner at that point. It was my primary goal in life at the time.