Two New Studies Address Psychological Impact of Media


In two separate studies, the prevalence of media and its direct impact on society’s youth was examined. The first study looked at how internet usage affects college students and increases their likelihood to develop depression. Dr. Dimitri A. Christakis, MD, MPH, of the Seattle Children’s Research Institute, surveyed 224 college students by administering both the Internet Addiction Test (IAT) and the Patient Health Questionnaire. The results showed that four percent of the participants answered in such a way as to categorize their internet usage as problematic or addictive. The research team believes this is a valid area of concern and clinicians should consider interventions for those must susceptible to this type of behavior, especially since this group was shown to have a higher prevalence of depressive symptoms. “Pediatricians and parents continue to report overuse of the Internet in their patients and children, respectively,” said Dr. Christakis. “Given the Internet is woven into the fabric of the lives of this generation of children, concerns about the potential for addiction are warranted and today’s college students are clearly at risk, given the considerable exposure that they have to the Internet.”

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