This is a very long article, the longest ever written on The Futurist. As it is a guide to the next decade of social, political, and sexual strife, it is not meant to be read in one shot but rather digested slowly over an extended period, with all supporting links read as well. As the months and years of this decade progress, this article will seem all the more prophetic. Now, the basic premise of this article is that men and women are equally valuable, but have different strengths and weaknesses, and different priorities.
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Abstract Background The rapid expansion of the Internet has increased the ease with which the public can obtain medical information. Most research on the utility of the Internet for health purposes has evaluated the quality of the information itself or examined its impact on clinical populations.
Little is known about the consequences of its use by the general population. Objective Is use of the Internet by the general population for health purposes associated with a subsequent change in psychological well-being and health?
Are the effects different for healthy versus ill individuals? Does the impact of using the Internet for health purposes differ from the impact of other types of Internet use? Methods Data come from a national US panel survey of individuals conducted from to Across three surveys, respondents described their use of the Internet for different purposes, indicated whether they had any of 13 serious illnesses or were taking care of someone with a serious illnessand reported their depression.
In the initial and final surveys they also reported on their physical health. Lagged dependent variable regression analysis was used to predict changes in depression and general health reported on a later survey from frequency of different types of Internet use at an earlier period, holding constant prior depression and general health, respectively.
Statistical interactions tested whether uses of the Internet predicted depression and general health differently for people who initially differed on their general health, chronic illness, and caregiver status.
Results Health-related Internet use was associated with small but reliable increases in depression ie, increasing use of the Internet for health purposes from 3 to 5 days per week to once a day was associated with. In contrast, using the Internet for communication with friends and family was associated with small but reliable decreases in depression ie, increasing use of the Internet for communication with friends and family purposes from 3 to 5 days per week to once a day was associated with.
Conclusions Using the Internet for health purposes was associated with increased depression. The increase may be due to increased rumination, unnecessary alarm, or over-attention to health problems. Additionally, those with unmeasured problems or those more prone to health anxiety may self-select online health resources.
In contrast, using the Internet to communicate with friends and family was associated with declines in depression. This finding is comparable to other studies showing that social support is beneficial for well-being and lends support to the idea that the Internet is a way to strengthen and maintain social ties.
Depression, health, social support, Internet, longitudinal survey Introduction The rapid expansion of the Internet has greatly increased the amount of health information available to the general public. With millions using the Internet, and a large proportion of the population explicitly using it for health purposes, it is important to assess how this particular use of the Internet is affecting people's well-being, especially their physical and mental health.
Although prior research has shown that use of the Internet to communicate with friends and family is associated with declines in depression [ 5 ], little reliable information exists about the impact of using the Internet to obtain health resources, especially in nonclinical populations [ 6 - 8 ].
The current study used data from a national US random household sample survey to address the impact of Internet use to obtain health information and support on well-being and health. We also examined whether these effects differed for people with differing levels of health and caregiver status, and whether these well-being associations were present for other types of Internet use.You can get to the left via the latter if your beliefs about the world match up–you’re cynical about people’s purported agency, rolling your eyes at the whippersnappers who think they’re all that much more than a product of their surroundings.
Mar 12, · The implication is that those who use the Internet to communicate with friends and family will show well-being benefits, which is consistent with work showing that communication (and the ensuing social resources) is associated with better psychological functioning, lower stress, and greater positive affect [38,39].
I originally introduced the term “orthorexia” in the article below, published in the October issue of Yoga Journal. Some of the things I said in the article are no longer true of .
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Have you, so far, regretted the posts you have tagged as Things I Will Regret Writing? It seems to me that the articles are inherently worthy to be written, being all of well-researched, well-supported, (extremely) well-written, and on a very important and very contentious topic, upon which you elucidate many things, very clearly.
Today, on the first day of the new decade of 'x' years, I am going to tell you why that is. I am hereby triggering the national dialog on what the foremost challenge for the United States will be in this decade, which is the ultimate root cause of most of the other problems we appear to be struggling with.