Living in a cyber world may cause you some very serious real world problems.
The study of more than 4,100 men and women in their early 20s found those heavy users were prone to depression, sleeping disorders, and stress.
From personal experience, I spend 8 hours a day in front of a computer at my day job, four more hours a more most evenings and an hour, or so, checking personal email and blogging. My biggest complaint is bad ergonomics which has led to more regular visits to my physiotherapist.
The study found a correlation between stress and always being available on the phone. This does not surprise me at all. When I resigned as Director of Policy & Operations (Chief Of Staff) in the Opposition Office, I swore that I would never take a job again that demanded being connected via e-mail and cellular phone 24/7. The stress level of not carrying a phone is liberating.
“She also found that gaming for relaxation may have some side effects. "Daily computer gaming for 1–2 hours meant an increased risk for symptoms of depression in the women,” the study found. “Often using the computer late at 48 night (and consequently losing sleep) was a prospective risk factor for stress and sleep disturbances, including reduced performance, in both sexes.”
The study, "ICT use and mental health in young adults. Effects of computer and mobile phone use
on stress, sleep disturbances, and symptoms of depression", is available via the link to University of Gothenburg above.