Mental health and the internet

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A meta-analysis based on 40 studies (43 independent samples, 21,258 participants) found a very small, negative relationship between internet use and indicators of mental health including depression, loneliness, self-esteem, and life satisfaction (r = -0.05; Huang, 2010[1]). The effect of all moderators, including type of Internet use, indicator of well-being, quality of Internet use measure, and participant age and gender were insignificant. Future investigations should consider the possible sources of these differences.

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  1. Huang, C. (2010). Internet use and psychological well-being: A meta-analysis. Cyberpsychology, Behaviour and Social Networking, 13, 241-249. doi: 10.1089=cyber.2009.0217