A Missouri S&T study examining the correlation between certain Internet usage patterns and symptoms of depression is the subject of an opinion piece published in the Sunday, June 17, edition of The New York Times.
The opinion piece, titled “How Depressed People Surf the Web,” was written by Dr. Sriram Chellappan, assistant professor of computer science at Missouri S&T, and Raghavendra Kotikalapudi, who graduated from S&T in December 2011 with a master’s degree in computer science. Chellappan and Kotikalapudi were the lead researchers in the study, which examined the Internet usage patterns of 216 Missouri S&T students.
The op-ed by Chellappan and Kotikalapudi appeared in the “Gray Matter” section of the New York Times’ Sunday Review. Their study will be published in a forthcoming edition of IEEE Technology and Society Magazine but is available online from Chellappan’s website (PDF).
Chellappan’s and Kotikalapudi’s co-authors in the study are Dr. Frances Montgomery, Curators’ Teaching Professor of psychological science; Dr. Donald C. Wunsch, the M.K. Finley Missouri Distinguished Professor of Computer Engineering; and Karl F. Lutzen, information security officer for Missouri S&T’s information technology department.