This new study, the first in the world to prove a link between the high-speed Internet and widespread sleep deprivation, found that broadband connection makes its users lose about 25 minutes of sleep every night, in comparison to those who don’t use such technology.
The research, funded by the European Research Council and published in the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, indicates that the so-called “digitalization of the bedroom” is connected with sleep disorders. However, it’s not the first study to make the connection between the use of smartphones and laptops before bedtime and sleep issues, but it is the first to show a link between the high-speed internet and sleep deprivation.
A scientific team, headed by Francesco Billari from the Milan’s Bocconi University, went to Germany to complete the study because this European country has the world’s most significant amounts of data on the use of technology and sleeping patterns of its residents.
The high-speed Internet might cause sleep deprivation, according to the new study
After 1989 when the Berlin Wall fell, East Germany adopted the West’s OPAL technology or the optical access line, which eventually ended up different and incompatible with the DSL (Digital Subscriber Line) technology which was much more common than the first one.
When DSL became even more accepted around the world, broadband adoption in East Germany was troublesome.
Germany took surveys since the early-90s to assess how the technology use might affect its residents’ sleep patterns, among other things. Therefore, it was quite easy for Francesco Billari to examine how the integration of high-speed internet links to sleep deprivation in Germany.
Broadband access “promotes excessive electronic media use,” which has a very negative impact on the duration of sleep and its quality. “High-speed internet makes it very enticing to stay up later to play video games, surf the web and spend time online on social media,” the new study concluded.