Increased Hours Online Correlate With An Uptick In Teen Depression, Suicidal Thoughts

Source: NPR

The study drew on survey data from half a million U.S. teenagers from 2010 to 2015. martin-dm/Getty Images

A study published Tuesday in the journal Clinical Psychological Science finds that increased time spent with popular electronic devices — whether a computer, cell phone or tablet — might have contributed to an uptick in symptoms of depression and suicidal thoughts over the last several years among teens, especially among girls.

Though San Diego State University psychologist Jean Twenge, who led the study, agrees this sort of research can only establish a correlation between long hours of daily screen time and symptoms of alienation — it can’t prove one causes the other — she thinks the findings should be a warning to parents.

“One hour, maybe two hours [a day], doesn’t

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