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People often say that movies and video games create psychopaths. They influence people to turn violent and get disconnected with the real world. In reality, people who excessively watch movies and play videos games only do so to escape from the real world. Well, that’s no different from the internet. Troubled people are attracted to the internet because they find solace and inspiration anywhere, and science has found that one common place to hide has been the internet.

If a person tends to be introverted, or isolated, or generally uncomfortable dealing with other people, then the internet is a great place to find solace. There's nothing wrong with that. But it also means that the more rejected from the world a person feels, the easier it it for them to live their life solely through a computer screen.

Scientists have only just begun to study the effects of this. According to a study at MacMaster University in Onatario, excessive online use tends to go hand in hand with addiction, depression, and anxiety.

This is the reason why most people who interact in online forums like Reddit and 4chan are those who have depressive tendencies.

The Wall Street Journal also says that online forums and Twitter, specifically,are great ways to pass the time if you have no empathy, considering how impersonal they can be. And you know who tends to fit into that? Teenagers. Specifically, teenage boys.

Cognitive empathy -- aka the ability to relate to other people's perspectives -- is not something that develops right away in people. For girls, it happens around the age of 13, but for boys it tends to start a bit later ... right around the time they become parentally untethered online.

There are more reasons why the internet could make depressed people more depressed. The only advice we could give, is to take some time to go offline and see the world in a new perspective.

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