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I was surprised not to find a discussion of correlation vs causation here. If you accept the correlation, I think there are different plausible ways to interpret it.

It could be that the way we interact with the computer is a symptom of our depression, or it could well be that the way we use computers is causing depression (or both).

I have heard of other work associating things that split our attention, e.g. listening to podcasts while working, reading with the the television on, etc, with mood disorders. From the other side, the practice of mindfulness, which seems antithetical to these activities in that it advocates simply paying attention to one thing at a time, appears to be a path to happiness for many.




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