The internet is different things to different people: a social hub, gigantic reference library or, for some, a place to seek solace. In fact, research shows that the way depressed individuals use the internet is dramatically different to the norm—and the findings could help diagnose depression earlier.
Writing in the New York Times
, a team of researchers report the findings of a study centered around internet use and depression. Studying college students, they assessed depression levels in the individuals using questionnaires and also analyzed their internet usage by monitoring web traffic.