Yes, But Will They Treat My Internet Addiction Online Too?
from the automating-your-therapist dept
For years, we’ve been reading stories about internet addiction — and they’re often fear mongering stories based on reports from psychologists who seem like they’re just trying to drum up some business. I wonder what they think of a new study that shows that automated online therapy sessions tend to be just as helpful as offline visiting a psychologist in treating depression. The study compared different people who were depressed, asking them to use an online “self-help” program. The end result was that many found “improvements to their psychological wellbeing.” In fact, the improvements were at the same rate as similar studies looking at depression patients visiting therapists. So, perhaps all those psychologists worried about online addictions were more afraid that they were going to be automated out of a job.