Smartphone could Increase Risk of Depression and Suicidal Thoughts in Teens

A new research has suggested that excessive use of smartphone may be associated with increased risks of depression and suicidal rates in teens. The study said that it is strong like between use of social media and depression and suicide symptoms.

The research survey reported around 58 percent girls are suffered from depression in 2015 than 2009 and suicide rates increased 65 percent.

But, another study suggests that new communication Medias can also be beneficial for teenagers in some cases.

A study author Jean Twenge discovered that the suicide rates for teens ages 13 to 18 rose by 65 percent in 2010 to 2015.

At the same time, United States’ several teenage girls who suffered from ghoulish thoughts such as feeling hopeless and planning, thinking, or attempting suicide rose by 12 percent.

The study analysis found that teens spend more time in front of screens, including mobile phones, computers, and tablets. She said this leads to the risk of depression-related cases and suicidal thoughts.

“Around 2012, rates of depression, suicide attempts and suicide itself suddenly increased among teens, especially among girls,” said Jean Twenge. She is a psychology professor at San Diego State University and the study’s lead author.

Twenge said that parents need to stop thinking of smartphone as harmless. She has suggested that parents need to monitor and set limits on the use of smartphones and social media for their children’ healthy life.

However, according to the study, the teen does not have to totally give up on electronic devices or social media. Twenge just suggests, by limiting the screen time to one or two hours per day, teen girls can switch from danger to safe zone for device usage.

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