Deadly Devices

Excessive screen time is linked to shocking spikes in depression and suicide in teen girls—but limiting it to 2 hours a day poses no mental health risks, according to an analysis combining US CDC data and 2 surveys of American teens’ thoughts.

The study, published this month in Clinical Psychological Science, found that between 2010-2015—as smartphones became ubiquitous—suicide among 13-18 year old girls jumped 65%; severe depression increased 58%.

Nearly half of teens who engaged in 5-plus hours of daily screen time were depressed and entertained suicidal thoughts—compared to 28% of who clocked less than an hour a day on a device.

The Chicago Tribune
 

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