CNET is getting to the point where it must be trying to be some sort of online "tabloid" - distorting the facts about a "survey" which I believe has little or no merit (read the CNET Scoop and here's a little edited / abridged version:
The following was ripped from the New York Times - and I seriously question what relevance a survey of College Students in MISSOURI possibly could have to College Students on other campuses, like SUNY New Paltz, Fordham, etc., much less to other age groups who spend time online? This is one F'd up conclusion these guys have made!
What are the practical applications of this research? We hope to use our findings to develop a software application that could be installed on home computers and mobile devices. It would monitor your Internet usage and alert you when your usage patterns might signal symptoms of depression. This would not replace the function of mental health professionals, but it could be a cost-effective way to prompt people to seek medical help early. It might also be a tool for parents to monitor the mood-related Internet usage patterns of their children.
Such software could also be used at universities, perhaps installed on campus networks to notify counselors of students whose Internet usage patterns are indicative of depressive behavior. (This proposal, of course, raises privacy concerns that would have to be addressed.)