Social media linked to depression in teenagers

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Social media linked to depression in teenagers

A new study published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics on Monday connected social media to depression in teens and not video gaming.


Social media linked to depression in teenagers

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RESTRICTIONS: Broadcast: NO USE JAPAN, NO USE TAIWAN Digital: NO USE JAPAN, NO USE TAIWAN A new study published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics on Monday connected social media to depression in teens and not video gaming.

Lead researcher, Patricia Conrod, a professor of psychiatry at Montreal's Sainte-Justine Hospital and her colleague, Elroy Boersn examined the correlation between depression in teenagers and various types of screen time.

They looked at four varieties of screen time including, social media, video games, television, and computer use.

The researchers analyzed the data of 3,826 adolescents from 31 Montreal schools between 2012 and 2018, following their screen time from Grade 7 to Grade 11.

CBC News reported that the teenagers self-reported the amount of time they spent in front of a screen per week.

The research identified social media as the most harmful of all forms of screen time.

They found that Instagram was the leading culprit in teen depression as, according to Conrod, it "exposes young people to images that promote upward social comparison and makes them feel bad about themselves." The same connection was not found for those of us who play video games.

Boers explained that more than 70 percent of gamers play with other people either online or in person, therefore they are not socially isolated.

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Researchers study types of screen time used by teenagers 2.

The study follows teenagers over many years 3.

The study identifies social media as the most damaging 4.

Instagram contributes towards upwards social comparison VOICEOVER (in English): "Led researcher, Patricia Conrod, a professor of psychiatry at Montreal's Sainte-Justine Hospital and her colleague, Elroy Boers examined the correlation between depression in teenagers and four varieties of screen time including, social media, video games, television, and computer use." "They analyzed the data of 3,826 adolescents from 31 Montreal schools between 2012 and 2018, following their screen time from Grade 7 to Grade 11." "The research identified social media as the most harmful of all forms of screen time." "They found that Instagram was the leading culprit in teen depression as, according to Conrod, it 'exposes young people to images that promote upward social comparison and makes them feel bad about themselves.'" SOURCES: JAMA NETWORK, CBC, THE GLOBE AND MAIL https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamapediatrics/article-abstract/2737909 https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/social-media-mental-health-screen-time-instagram-facebook-video-games-study-1.5211782 https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-digital-depression-study-links-social-media-and-tv-to-teen-depression/ *** For story suggestions please contact tips@nextanimation.com.tw For technical and editorial support, please contact: Asia: +61 2 93 73 1841 Europe: +44 20 7542 7599 Americas and Latam: +1 800 738 8377

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