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Why Does the Internet Depress Teenagers?

According to a recent study, spending too much time on the Internet can lead to depression in teenagers. Those who use the Internet pathologically are 2.5 times more likely to become severely depressed. More than a thousand Chinese students were evaluated in this study. Those who spent more than five hours per day (some spent up to ten a day) surfing around online showed agitation when away from their computer. They also displayed little interest in socialization and human interaction.

I am not a doctor, psychiatrist or any other type of medical expert. However, those brief statements don’t sound like depression to me. It sounds more like an Internet addiction. Whether these kids were addicted or depressed – spending five to ten hours per day on the Internet isn’t healthy for any young person. Teens need human interaction – they need to hang out with people, participate in some type of activity and spend more time with their family. Hopefully most of you out there who are parents don’t let your kids spend this many hours per day surfing around the ‘net.

How Many Types of Linux Do We Need?

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Luke asked over on Lockergnome why there are so many different Linux distros. Linux is awesome, there’s no doubt about it. The beauty of Linux is that it is open-source, and anyone can change it how they see fit. You can take Linux as an operating system, give it different themes and choices and generally mold it to your liking. Some people want certain choices and features, while others want something entirely different.

There are gazillions of people on this planet right now. Not all of them will ever care to build their own flavor of Linux. But Linux gives you the ability to choose how YOU want things, and then share it with the world. I’ve talked before about where you can go to build your own version of Linux. It’s not as difficult as you might think it is… so what are you waiting for?

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