More time on social media linked to increase in teenage depression, study finds

CNET | 7/15/2019 | Shelby Brown
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Social media might play a role in why teenagers are depressed.

For years, experts have pointed a finger at phones as a possible factor in depression and other mental health problems. A study published Monday from researchers at Montreal's Sainte-Justine Hospital found that increased social media and TV use predicts an increase in symptoms of depression in teenagers.

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"Our research reveals that increased time spent using some forms of digital media in a given year predicts depressive symptoms within that same year," Patricia Conrod, the research team's lead said, in a press release on Monday.

Conrod's team followed about 4,000 Canadian teenagers, aged 12 to 16 years, for four years. For each year of high school, teens self-reported on time spent with digital screens. They specified the amount of time spent participating in four different types of screen activities: social media, television, video gaming and computer use. The study found that if teens reported increases that...
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