Our increasing reliance on the internet comes with risks; while we are relatively unlikely to be stalked and killed, there are still darker sides to a dependence on online interaction. When the University of Leeds carried out their study into internet overuse, they saw that the 1.4% who were addicted were more likely to suffer depression as a result. Stephen agrees: “I suppose it is kind of sad I can’t leave the house without my phone”.
“There’s definitely too much focus on communication nowadays,” says Frankie. “I’m less likely to meet up with someone if I’ve already heard all their news on Facebook, even if I haven’t actually spoken to them. Everyone thinks they keep in contact, but it’s not proper contact. It’s not actually real.”