In addition, among individuals with suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the household, their psychopathological (study of mental disorders) scores were found to be twice as high.
The authors say this situation is a cause for concern because excessive use of the internet can exacerbate anxiety, depression, promote compulsive behavior and exacerbate addiction. In addition, this problem can also cause sleep disorders.
The researchers hope that these findings can increase public awareness to maintain their psychological health during a pandemic, and can become a basis for the government to formulate the use of the internet and other public policies.
“However, maintaining physical distance does not increase the likelihood of IA (internet addiction). Public Health Bodies should maintain physical distancing outreach while providing adaptive psychiatric education and services, “they wrote in the journal.