The current incarnation of the Internet–portable, social, accelerated, and all-pervasive–may be making us not just dumber or lonelier but more depressed and anxious, prone to obsessive-compulsive and attention-deficit disorders, even outright psychotic. Our digitized minds can scan like those of drug addicts, and normal people are breaking down in sad and seemingly new ways.
Tweets, texts, emails, posts. New research says the Internet can make us lonely and depressed–and may even create more extreme forms of mental illness.
Read Tony Dokoupil’s compelling report here at Newsweek’s Culture section.