The Academy of Finland has funded longitudinal research call Mind the Gap, which has established connections between excessive Internet use and exhaustion at school. The study shows that burnout at school by excessive Internet use can lead to depression and addiction often occur if one is not interested in school or has developed cynicism toward authority.
The researchers commented that Internet addiction and wear in school is more critical to 13-15 years old.
One way of addressing the problem is encouraging students to get involved in school and develop an interest in learning how to prevent burnout.
Symptoms of depression are more visible among girls in their late teens than men and, interestingly, are the guys who are more prone to Internet addiction.
The study involved nearly 3,000 students from 18 secondary Helsinki upper and 33 lower secondary schools. There were two groups of students: One consisted of 12-14- year-old born in the 2000s, and one of 16-18- year-old born in 1997. The first group was 6th grade and second were students secondary
the children of this generation are referred to as “digital natives” who were born in a digital world and have grown up with the Internet and social networks.
The digital world can influence in two ways. Initial studies on the impact of Internet on students demonstrate that acts as a useful source of information and provides a pleasant social experience. Also it inspires young people to develop technology and science.
Another aspect of Internet use is an addiction to the virtual world, leading to a lack of communication and isolation in the real world. The study reveals that most teens who exhibit signs of depression are more interested in the digital world and suffer separation from the real world.
The results of the study appeared in the Journal of youth and adolescence.