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Does the amount of time spent on social networking sites (and the internet in general) affect people's sleeping pattern?
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Is the internet taking over?

Does the amount of time spent on social networking sites (and the internet in general) affect people's sleeping patterns?

   After surfing the web there are several articles that explore the possibility that the internet is indeed taking over the lives and desires of users. It is a bit blunt to say that internet is the root of most negative behavior and moods of those who frequently use the internet extensively however it is definitely a contributer. Most of the articles include research results on whether or not the internet is the cause of people's lack of sleep and it seems that for most this is the case. Because a lot of people are conusmed with using the internet for several purposes whether it be for school, work or entertainment, there may be evidence that internet users are overdoing these things especially at a time that should be dedicated to sleeping.

     Although I found one blog that was absolutely against the idea of the internet being the cause of the lack of sleep found among some I believe that the other articles found may be on the verge of finding a real connection of sleepness found among internet users. Some of the pieces focused primarily on younger internet users but I feel as though this is something that is experienced among all age groups and even if it isn't a huge problem (now) it is a problem and it should be addressed. Losing hours of sleep to focus time and attention on surfing the 'net causes people to have odd mood swings, low motivation and the slower cognitive reactions. It is important to explore this topic to try to gain some control over using the internet. Everything should be done in moderation and if using the internet causes a disruption in sleep then it should be something that's taken notice of - proper sleeping habits is one source of leading a healthier life.

 

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Internet Dependency Can Affect Sleep Study

Internet Dependency Can Affect Sleep Study | Internet vs Sleep | Scoop.it

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This blog touches on a recent research done in relation to sleep and the internet and apparently the results suggest that the reaction to the brain when a user obessively uses the internet or chooses the internet over sleeping is equivalent to reactions of people who are depend on things such as smoking or drinking.

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Trying to Catch Some Zzzs? Watch TV | Healthland | TIME.com

Trying to Catch Some Zzzs? Watch TV | Healthland | TIME.com | Internet vs Sleep | Scoop.it

Many studies (along with casual observation in any home with a teenager) have associated nighttime media use — video gaming, Internet surfing and TV time — with sleep deficits in teens.

 

This article supports the idea that surfing the web before bed lessen the desire and ability to sleep at night. The article suggests that this form of media is most likely to be the cause of sleeplessness than TV. Like most other articles point out using the internet before bed will lessen the users ability to sleep.

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Bedtime Texting, Internet Use, Disturbs Sleep And Mood In Teens

Bedtime Texting, Internet Use, Disturbs Sleep And Mood In Teens | Internet vs Sleep | Scoop.it

More than half of children and teenagers who text, or surf the internet at bedtime are likely not only to have problems falling asleep, but experience mood, behavior and cognitive problems during...

 

Here is another article that explores the habits of using electronics before bed. Using the internet before bed apparently is not a healthy habit. According to this piece teens are more likely to spend excessive time sending out numerous electronic messages instead of sleeping causing a lack of sleep that leads to cognitive problems, fatigue and negative moods during the day after a night of sleeplessness. Of course this a problem that should be addressed and as the article points out should be discussed among parents and their children.

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Sleepy? Spend less time on the internet or watching TV, say scientists

Sleepy? Spend less time on the internet or watching TV, say scientists | Internet vs Sleep | Scoop.it

People who spend time on the internet or watching television before they go to bed are more likely to feel like they don't get enough sleep...

 

It is easy to imagine how this is true.  Some people engage in several activities before they decide to try and get some sleep and often times find that they can't. According to this article, "Sleepy, Spend less time on the internet or watching TV, say scientists" doing things, specifically using the internet or watching TV, can lessen the chances of falling and staying asleep. This comes to no surprise as there are times when all the sleepless Twitter users tweet and retweet "still up, guess I'll just keep tweeting"...

 

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Sleep and the Internet Addict | Psychology Today

Sleep and the Internet Addict | Psychology Today | Internet vs Sleep | Scoop.it

Poor sleep. Compulsive use of the Internet? By John Cline, Ph.D....

 

 

 

Internet Addiction?

Although there is no one way to evaluate individual cases of those who use the internet in a negative way, one thing is certain, this article creates the idea that obessessive (or compulsive) use of the internet can become an addiction! What most may consider an addiction may vary but if you are choosing chatting with friends or computer games over sleep there may certainly be a problem. According to the article "Sleep and the Internet Addiction" by John Cline, Ph.D. choosing to spend time that could be contributed to a nights rest to instead surf the web is a "new behavioral compulsion" that can lead to a lack of sleep that can create problems in other aspects of life.

 

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Generation Z losing sleep over gadgets

Generation Z losing sleep over gadgets | Internet vs Sleep | Scoop.it

RESEARCH released last week and reported in The Australian concluded that children and adolescents are sleeping less than the previous generation.

 

This article suggest that the current generation not sleeping as the previous generations had. Consumed with technology this generation is more concerned with their gadgets than sleep and other activity that they may ignore or are not interesting in engaging in at all. In this article there is information that highlights the priorities of this generation that most revolve around technology.

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The Impact of Television and Internet Media on Adolescent Sleep - Sleep and Health Journal

The Impact of Television and Internet Media on Adolescent Sleep - Sleep and Health Journal | Internet vs Sleep | Scoop.it

TV and internet usage have an exceptional effect on adolescent sleep delay. Several epidemiological studies confirmed what all parents already know - our kids do fall asleep late and have problems waking up early the next morning.

 

This article offer a similar view of the relationship between sleeping and media usage as the previous articles, however it sums things up in a rather different way by suggesting that if you can't "beat them, join them" referring to the lack of sleep experienced by teens. "Joining them" in this article is suggesting that parents should explore ways to take advantage of their children staying up late by proposing that they engage in educational programs when staying up late instead of trying to find entertaining things. I'm not sure if this is an accurate solution to the problem because there will be still a lack of sleep however this is an interesting perception of things.

 

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Internet Interferes with Youth Sleep--So Ban the Internet! (Or Maybe Ban Youth?) | HASTAC

Internet Interferes with Youth Sleep--So Ban the Internet! (Or Maybe Ban Youth?) | HASTAC | Internet vs Sleep | Scoop.it

I think that this is an interesting take on the relationship between the internet and sleep patterns. The author of this blog is clearly making a stand towards researchers and critics that believe that the internet causes inability to sleep and stay sleep among teens. Highlighting other things in a teens environment that may be a factor instead of the use of the internet the blogger is suggesting that maybe researchers have the wrong idea about what causes teens to have sleeping issues. What do you think?

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Excessive Teen Internet Usage Linked to Sleep Deprivation, Depression

Excessive Teen Internet Usage Linked to Sleep Deprivation, Depression | Internet vs Sleep | Scoop.it

A new study indicates teenagers who log on too frequently could be prone to depression, and the cause of that depression is most likely sleep...

 

Excessive use of the internet causing depression? Just when the thought of sleep deprivation could not get any worse the idea that it could be linked to depression takes the cake! This article briefly goes into detail about a study that was conducted that showed results of sleep deprivation causing or leaving teens vulnerable to depression. The study conducted collected results from teens who were previously determined to not be depressed and over a period of time and over use of the internet cause a reverse affect.

 

 

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TV, Internet Affect Kids' Weight and Sleep

TV, Internet Affect Kids' Weight and Sleep | Internet vs Sleep | Scoop.it

Too much TV watching and Internet use may not just turn children into couch potatoes, it may also make them crave junk food and have trouble sleeping.

 

Now-a-days it is common for younger generations to be computer savvy and it is assumed that children are prone to embrace the computer age because they are growing up during a time where technology is on the rise. But with this knowledge comes the price of lack of sleep. In the article, "TV, Internet Affect Kids' Weight and Sleep" by Jennifer Warner, there is a clear warning that too much TV or computer usage can cause children to face trouble sleeping and when they are sleeping to have nightmares. This is an unfortunate affect on children.

 

 

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