My own observation is that all too often those coming out of prison hug the internet because it is a way to maintain contact with those that have share a common thread and it becomes a place to go for comfort when the world starts closing in from the outside in those moments of doubt, depression, and despondency.
Yes, the internet can be an incredible support network but it can also become one that is addictive in its own way. There are all kinds of studies coming out that point to the destructive nature of its addiction. In the literature I have seen, it destroys the emotional and feeling contact of interbeing that is so important to us as human beings. The richness of life comes from our interaction in the full catastrophy of life.
“….Sara Thomee, lead author of the study, said there was a “central link” between computers and mental disorders. “High quantitative use was a central link between computer use and stress, sleep disturbances, and depression, described by the young adults,” Thomee said in the study. “It was easy to spend more time than planned at the computer (e.g., working, gaming, or chatting), and this tended to lead to time pressure, neglect of other activities and personal needs (such as social interaction, sleep, physical activity), as well as bad ergonomics, and mental overload….”
People Who Are Constantly Online Can Develop Mental Disorders
‘…..The Internet is a vast ocean full of information. The spread of the World Wide Web has modified the way people try to find the relevant information. Search engines and online database use has affected the manner in which many people remember the information. Betsy Sparrow who is an assistant professor of psychology led a new research to determine the way people remembered information. The study was undertaken to verify if people easily remembered the information that was retrieved by a computer similar to students remembering the data that was most likely to be a part of a test….’
New Study Finds That Internet Use Affects Memory