Depressed People Surf Differently

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In a study to be published in a forthcoming IEEE Technology and Society researchers at  Missouri University recruited 216 undergraduates, finding that the 30% who met criteria for depression engaged in more file sharing (as for movies and music), gaming, chatting, and very high rate of e-mail usage. Frequent e-mail checking, the authors note, may relate to high levels of anxiety, which also correlates with depression. The study also found indications that depressive people switch between applications frequently in a manner consistent with a lack of concentration – also associated with depressive symptoms.

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Kermit Cole
Kermit Cole, MFT, founding editor of Mad in America, works in Santa Fe, New Mexico as a couples and family therapist. Inspired by Open Dialogue, he works as part of a team and consults with couples and families that have members identified as patients. His work in residential treatment — largely with severely traumatized and/or "psychotic" clients — led to an appreciation of the power and beauty of systemic philosophy and practice, as the alternative to the prevailing focus on individual pathology. A former film-maker, he has undergraduate and master's degrees in psychology from Harvard University, as well as an MFT degree from the Council for Relationships in Philadelphia. He is a doctoral candidate with the Taos Institute and the Free University of Brussels. You can reach him at [email protected].

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