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Pass The Happy Pills: The Internet Is Depressing The Children!

by | 19th, May 2014




ONE of the great problems in this modern world is that people are forever confusing cause and effect. Or if you prefer, forgetting that correlation does not mean causation. And so it is with this latest report that the internet is making our precious little children sad. For what’s forgotten, not even considered here, is that it could well be that sad people, those with few friends in the real world, go on hte internet more than others, instead of it being going online that makes people sad :

Children who spend too much time on the internet are developing mental health problems, according to government health advisors.

Those who sit behind a screen for more than four hours a day are particularly at risk, although very low levels of use can cause issues, they say.

Public Health England, which issues guidelines to the NHS, said children face social problems such as loneliness, depression, anxiety, low self-esteem and heightened aggression as a result of overusing computers.

The huge improvements made in children’s welfare over the last 20 years had now been “curtailed and may now be in reverse”, it said.

In a dossier to MPs it warned of a clear relationship between the amount of time spent on social media sites such as Facebook and “lower levels of well-being”.

That the relationship is clearly there does not mean at all that it is the going online that produces the lower levels of

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