In this paper When Peer-to-Peer Comes Face-to-Face: Collaborative Peer-to-Peer Computing in Mobile Ad Hoc Networks they say

that in today’s world individuals are suffering from a lack of authentic psychological encounters or ‘human moments’. For example, recognized that Internet use of as little as four hours a week can result in higher level of depression and loneliness.

Face-to-face interaction, on the other hand, have an immediate effect on hormones levels and have thus the potential of reducing feelings of stress and fear, and increasing feelings of trust, bonding and well being.

With or without the 4 hours internet use a week, I’d say that those people feel lonely.

I’m somewhat always connected to the internet and at least surfing 2 hours a day, which supposedly should make me incredibly depressive … actually even sort of suicidal …


  1. what a stupid sentence!
    did you know, that cooking a pasta dish per day can result in serious injuries because of burning your skin with hot water? Gasph! What am I eating from now on???!!!
    4 hours of internet can also be a way to deal with fears and depressions – it all depends on what your using the browsing trough the internet for. Surfing single pages gets you in a frenzy but heading for depresses me a lot…
    Also: meeting people sometimes does the exact contrary to the consequences proposed in your paper… For me it is boredom that leads to depression. People can be very boring…

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