Increased Screen Time Linked with Increased Depressive Symptoms in Teens

Increased Screen Time Linked with Increased Depressive Symptoms in Teens

According to a new study, high levels of social media use is associated with increased depression in young people. Would you say the same for adults?

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Technology has brought us new innovations that have changed our ways for better or worse. Its influence has been apparent in the way we communicate, from telegraph to smart phone, to the way we travel, from ship to self-driving cars, but how does that affect us? How does it affect our mental health? What about the growing minds of the next generation?

The truth is that researchers have barely scratched the surface of what there is to know about the impact technology is having on our health, especially the mental health of developing your minds, but progress continues to be made. One instance of this is how researchers at UCLA’s Brain Mapping Center noted that teenagers’ brains respond in a similar way to receiving a lot of “likes” on social media apps than to seeing loved ones or winning money.

So, it is hard to argue whether there is somewhat of a connection between our mental state and our devices along with all of the tools that come with them, but what exactly is it? Recently, the journal JAMA Pediatrics published a study that included data from 3,826 students from 7th to 11th grade from a total of 31 school Montreal between 2012 and 2018.

In this study, students were asked how much time per day they spent playing video games, using social media, watching television and using the computer in order to determine their approximate screen time. In order to measure depression symptoms, they were asked to indicate on a scale from 0(not at all) to 4(very much) the extent at which they experience seven symptoms of depression.

Although they didn’t find the association with video games, they did however find that every additional hour spent on social media or watching television equated to the severity of their depressive symptoms increasing. However, they noted that the consistently high levels of television without any increase was associated with less depression. So, it’s apparent that more research still needs to be conducted in order to further specify the relationship between screen time and depression and distinguish the specifics of the actual screen time, like what platform they use, which type of show they watch, etc.

Health professionals and groups do have their tips for parents and young people alike, such as the American Academy of Pediatrics who recommends parents have limits on screen time placed on their children.

Of course, teenagers aren’t the only ones who spend a significant amount of their time with their eyes glued to a screen, but adults are completely accountable for themselves unlike those students. So, if you think your screen time is negatively affecting you, don’t be afraid to take a step back and reconsider your habits.


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According to a new study, high levels of social media use is associated with increased depression in young people. Would you say the same for adults?

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