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Internet, depression and suicide: how are they related?

Various studies have compared the relationship between dysfunctional Internet use, depression, and suicidal behavior. How are they connected? In this article we tell you!

Internet, Depression And Suicide: How Are They Related?

Last Update: January 23, 2023

A 2022 study sought to analyze the relationship between problematic internet use, depression and suicidal ideation among adolescents as a result of the pandemic affecting the world in 2020.

One conclusion is that the mental health of our youth has deteriorated significantly., As a result, there has been an increase in the number of cases of sleep disorders, behavioral disorders and feelings whose valence is extremely negative, such as loneliness, fear or sadness.

The reality is that neither imprisonment nor social isolation by the government helped young people’s mental health. It should be noted that they helped contain the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. In what sense, Imprisonment forces teens to interact digitally apps to communicate and thereby reduce their loneliness,

Internet abuse can lead to anxiety and depression problems among youth.

problematic internet access

Improper use of this equipment can produce harmful changes in health and well-being, Thus, one of the most vulnerable sections of the population are teenagers. Furthermore, their vulnerability to suffering from mental health problems is increased if they are studying at university, a factor that can be explained by the higher digitization of higher education achievers.

Imprisonment has led to an almost two-fold increase in cases of passive Internet use. Following the pandemic, nearly half of young people reported feeling more dependent on Internet resources and nearly two in ten said they had increased the number of hours they spent browsing the web. Web, In addition to being a useful tool at work, the Internet has become the only source of interpersonal contact with the outside world.

“The Internet was used to combat feelings of loneliness and isolation.”

-Verónica Villanueva-Sylvestre-

depression and suicide

Depression prevalence rates skyrocket in adolescence, Prevalence refers to the number of cases of a disorder in a given period of time. That is, the risk of suffering from depression is higher in adolescents than in adults. In fact, there are studies that put the percentage of depression symptoms in teens as high as 60%.

In this sense, it should be noted that there are differences in the presentation of depressive symptoms depending on gender. While the female sex tends to present with more severe depressive symptoms, males show higher rates of suicidal behavior.

“Several studies with a university population have shown an association between problematic Internet use and depression.”

-Cynthia M. Apaja-

Passive Internet use and suicidal behavior

The factors that have a more significant association with dysfunctional use of the Internet are depressive and anxiety symptoms. That is, when we feel sad or anxious and we use the internet to deal with our emotional distress, then this experiment becomes useless. Furthermore, using the Internet from this starting point of discomfort can double our depressive and anxiety symptoms.

Suicidal thoughts, that is, “thinking about committing suicide”, and completed suicide are included under the umbrella of the term “suicidal behavior”., But the fact of communicating a suicide attempt or a desire to commit suicide is also included here. The association between suicidal ideation and dysfunctional Internet use has been compared in different studies for adolescent populations.

According to Verónica Villanueva-Silvestre, students with depressive symptoms use the Internet as a mechanism to escape from problems and negative feelings.

on the other hand, also Link found between stress and depression levels of studying university degree, If we add to this factor, the social isolation resulting from the confinement during the 2020 pandemic, we can see that the number of cases of depression has gradually increased.

Adolescents, starting from a negative emotional tone, with depressive symptoms and using the Internet with the aim of reducing their loneliness and their negatively strong feelings, to the development of a depressive picture with suicidal behavior are in an optimum condition.

In addition, research has been published that underlines a direct link between the fact of suffering from a depressive disorder and developing an addiction to alcohol. Web As a result of problematic use of the Internet. Both entities (depression and addiction) feed back and amplify each other (Rocco Servio, 2022).

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