November 20, 2017
Recent findings that matched national survey data by year suggested more new media screen time may be associated with increases in depression and suicide rates among adolescents.
“Another possible reason for the suspected increase in mental health issues is the growing popularity of electronic communication, especially social media. Some studies link frequency of social media use to poor psychological well-being, although other studies instead find links with positive well-being, with outcomes depending on motivation for using social media and whether the frequency of use qualifies as addictive,” Jean M. Twenge, PhD, of San Diego State University, and colleagues wrote. “However, most of these studies use convenience samples of adults, with few using nationally representative samples and even fewer including the especially vulnerable population of adolescents.”