Sick from the Internet

Rates of teen depression have spiraled in the past decade—mental health researchers believe social media may have a large role to play, NPR reports.
 
A strong correlation—but not causation—has been identified, though objective data is hard to come by.
 
As Facebook sets its sights on younger audiences, the company has suggested it knows more than it lets on about how its products impact kids’ mental health.
 
Too much digital: Until the pandemic, “cybersickness”—a kind of digital motion sickness—was largely connected to virtual reality headsets.
 
But a year of monotonous, endless scrolling seems to have exacerbated symptoms that were once peripheral, National Geographic reports.
 
“Even when I close my eyes, I feel like I’m spinning,” said Sarah Colley, who took 4 days off work recovering from cybersickness.

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